MONTHLY INDIE SHOWCASE

Aspen Film brings locals and visitors opportunities to view films they they might not otherwise get to experience in our community through our monthly Indie Showcase at Aspen’s Isis Theater. Aspen Film members receive discounted tickets to all Monthly Indie Showcase presentations. Not a member? Join now and receive complimentary admission to your next Monthly Indie Showcase!

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GOOD TIME

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

Good Time has brought acclaim to the Safdies and has been nominated for several Independent Spirit Awards. The brothers were nominated for a Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, where the movie premiered and won an award for its score.

 

Motivated by an almost ferocious love for his intellectually disabled brother, Nick, and an explosive mix of desperation and thirst for a better life, the abrasive and fledgeling criminal, Connie, involves his sibling in an ill-conceived bank robbery that swears to be a quick and easy job. Instead, things go utterly wrong, and Nick will wind up in Rikers Island after one unanticipated complication, forcing the desperate but determined Connie to embark on a nightmarish, no-holds-barred quest to bail Nick out. Inevitably, over the course of a long and violent night, Connie will go to great lengths to save Nick from a cruel fate, doomed, however, to do more harm than good. Is it all heading somewhere?

 

Directors: Benny Safdie | Josh Safdie
Writer: Ronald Bronstein | Josh Safdie
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 
1h 01m

 

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Past Presentations

LADY MACBETH

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

“Lady Macbeth” has the refined, pleasing trappings of a tasteful period piece with the vicious, beating heart of a brutal psychological thriller. You can’t stop watching its beauty, even as you long to look away from its cruelty. – Christy Lemire

 

“Florence Pugh announces herself as a major talent to watch in William Oldroyd’s impressively tough-minded Victorian tragedy.” — Guy Lodge, Variety

 

Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

 

Director: William Oldroyd
Writer: Alice Birch
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 
1h 29m

 

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A GHOST STORY

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

“This very special movie casts a fine, delicate spell; many may resist it, but those who go along with it may find themselves profoundly moved, transported to a soul-stirring, poetically cosmic place” –Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media 

 

This ingenious and affecting film is strange and intense, but not exactly scary in the expected horror-movie manner.” –A. O. Scott, The New York Times

 

With A Ghost Story, acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.

 

Director: David Lowery
Writer: David Lowery
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 
1h 32m

 

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MENASHE

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

“Weinstein has created a subtly powerful work of human drama, driven by the charismatic, if frustrating, man at its center.” –David Sims, The Atlantic 

 

The film is worth praising for what it is and admiring for what it’s not — there’s no sappiness or false emotion, and none of the clichéd, quirky misfits who populate so many commercial comedies.” –Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times

 

Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy’s strict, married uncle, but Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial. Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent.

Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted in the film, and one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Menashe is a warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community. Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community.

 

Director: Joshua Z. Weinstein
Writer: Alex LipschultzMusa Syeed, and Joshua Z. Weinstein
Co-presenter: 
Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 
1h 22m

 

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KARL MARX CITY

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

“A smart, highly personal addition to the growing syllabus of distressingly relevant cautionary political tales.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

 

At a time when Edward Snowden’s NSA disclosures are suggesting a digital surveillance state, “Karl Marx City” makes for a particularly resonant warning from the not-so-distant past.” – Scott Tobias, Variety

 

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her late father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past. Had he been an informant for the secret police? Was her childhood an elaborate fiction? As she looks for answers in the Stasi’s extensive archives, she pulls back the curtain of her own ostalgia and enters the parallel world of the security state, seeing her former life through the lens of the oppressor. Reconstructing everyday GDR life through declassified Stasi surveillance footage, the past plays like dystopian science fiction, providing a chilling backdrop to interrogate the apparatus of control and the meaning of truth in a society where every action and thought was suspect. (USA/Germany, 2016)

 

Director: Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker
Writer: Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker
Co-presenter: 
Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 
1h 25m

 

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A QUIET PASSION

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

“A fiercely intelligent, handsome and affecting rendering of Dickinson’s extraordinary, ordinary life.” – Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press

 

“An absolute drop-dead masterwork.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

 

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of MirthThe Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry. (USA, 2016)

 

Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies
Stars
: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, and Duncan Duff
Co-presenter: 
Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 
2h 5m

 

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OBIT

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

Every morning, a small staff of obituary writers at The New York Times deposits the details of three or four extraordinary lives into the cultural memory – each life’s story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. It’s amazing what goes on in the obits.

 

OBIT is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries, via the legendary obit desk at The Times. The film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies? (USA, 2016)

 

Director: Vanessa Gould
Editor: Kristin Bye
Executive Producer:
Pamela Tanner Boll and Geralyn White Dreyfous 
Co-presenter: 
Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time:
1h 35m

 

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KEDI

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. Critics and internet cats agree — this cat documentary will charm its way into your heart and home as you fall in love with the cats in Istanbul. (Turkey/USA, 2016)

 

Director: Ceyda Torun
Editor: Mo Stoebe
Cinematographer/Producer:
Charlie Wuppermann
Co-presenter: 
Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time:
1h 20m

 

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THINGS TO COME

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

What happens when the life you’ve worked so hard to build falls apart all at once? Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert, in a radiant performance) is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-to-day demands of career and family (including frequent visits to her drama queen mother, played by the legendary Édith Scob). But beginning with the bombshell revelation that her husband of twenty-five years is leaving her, one by one the pillars of Nathalie’s life start to crumble. For the first time in ages, she finds herself adrift, but also with a newfound sense of liberation. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself. Winner of the Best Director award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, the new film from Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) is an uncommonly intelligent, soul-searching look at what it means to create a life of one’s own. (France, 2016)

 

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Writer: Mia Hansen-Løve
Editor: Marion Monnier
With: Isabelle Huppert, André MarconRoman Kolinka
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 1h 42m

 

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MISS SHARON JONES!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

Two-time Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream) follows Grammy-nominated R&B dynamo Sharon Jones during the most courageous year of her life. Often compared to the legendary James Brown because of her powerful and energetic performances, Sharon Jones is no stranger to challenge. For years her music career struggled as she was kept in the wings by a music industry that branded her too short, too black, too fat. After decades of working odd jobs, from a corrections officer to a wedding singer, Sharon had a middle-aged breakthrough after joining forces with Brooklyn R&B outfit The Dap Kings. In 2013, on the eve of the release of the much-anticipated album “Give The People What They Want,” Sharon was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Miss Sharon Jones! is a triumphant crowd-pleaser that captures an irrepressible human spirit as she battles back to where she belongs; center stage. (USA, 2015)

 

Director: Barbara Kopple
Editors: Anne Fratto, Jean Tsien
Producers: David Cassidy, Barbara Kopple
With:  Megan Holken, Austen Holman, Sharon Jones
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 1h 33m

 

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Lust for Life

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

In conjunction with Gallery 1949’s current exhibit of sculpture and paintings by Anthony Quinn, this month we bring you a classic film from 1956 – Lust for Life starring Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn. Vincent Van Gogh (Kirk Douglas) is the archetypical tortured artistic genius. His obsession with painting, combined with mental illness, propels him through an unhappy life full of failures and unrewarding relationships. He fails at being a preacher to coal miners. He fails in his relationships with women. He earns some respect among his fellow painters, especially Paul Gauguin (Anthony Quinn), but he does not get along with them. He only manages to sell one painting in his lifetime. The one constant good in his life is his brother Theo, who is unwavering in his moral and financial support. Anthony Quinn won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Paul Gaugin in this acclaimed film. (USA, 1956)

 

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Writer:  Norman Corwin
Editor: Adrienne Fazan
Producer: John Houseman
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 2h 2m

 

Special introduction to the film from Mrs. Katherine Quinn.

 

Join us from 5:30 to 7:00 pm for a complimentary reception prior to the screening at:

Gallery 1949, 402 S Hunter St, Aspen, CO 81611.

Enjoy an exhibition of the largest collection of Anthony Quinn’s sculptures and paintings anywhere in the world. 

 

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THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

An unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of New York’s premier cultural events, The First Monday in May follows the creation of “China: Through The Looking Glass,” the most attended fashion exhibition in the history of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 2015 Met Gala, the star-studded fundraiser that celebrates the opening of the exhibition. Acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) follows Anna Wintour, Artistic Director of Condé Nast and editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and longtime chair of the Met Gala, and Andrew Bolton, the iconoclastic curator who conceived the groundbreaking show, for eight months as they prepare for an evening they hope will take the worlds of art and fashion by storm.

 

Director: Andrew Rossi
Editors: Chad Beck, Ace Andrew Coffman
Producers: Andrew Coffman, Alex Jarnigan, Jonathan Furmanski, Nathan Mauger, Thor Thielow
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 1h 31m

 

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LITTLE MEN

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

When 13-year-old Jake’s (Theo Taplitz) grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father’s old Brooklyn home. There, Jake befriends the charismatic Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose single mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia), a dressmaker from Chile, runs the shop downstairs. Soon, Jake’s parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle) — one, a struggling actor, the other, a psychotherapist — ask Leonor to sign a new, steeper lease on her store. For Leonor, the proposed new rent is untenable, and a feud ignites between the adults.

 

At first, Jake and Tony don’t seem to notice; the two boys, so different on the surface, begin to develop a formative kinship as they discover the pleasures of being young in Brooklyn. Jake aspires to be an artist, while Tony wants to be an actor, and they have dreams of going to the same prestigious arts high school together. But the children can’t avoid the problems of their parents forever, and soon enough, the adult conflict intrudes upon the borders of their friendship.

 

Director/Co-Writer/Producer: Ira Sachs
Co-Writer:  Mauricio Zacharias

Director of Photography: Oscar Durán
Editors: Mollie Goldstein, Affonso Goncalve
Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Jim A. Landé, LA Teodosio
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 1h 25m

 

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TICKLED

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling wormhole.

 

Directors: David Farrier & Dylan Reeve
Director of Photography: Dominic Fryer
Editor: Simon Coldrick
Producer: Carthew Neal
Executive Producer: Justin Pemberton
Associate Producers: Stephen Fry, Richard Ivey
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 1h 32m

 

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NORMAN LEAR:
Just Another Version of You

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

How did a poor Jewish kid from Connecticut bring us Archie Bunker and become one of the most successful television producers ever? Norman Lear brought provocative subjects like war, poverty, and prejudice into 120 million homes every week. He proved that social change was possible through an unlikely prism: laughter.

 

Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism.

 

Starring: Norman Lear
Featuring: George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Amy Poehler, Rob Reiner, Phil Rosenthal
Directors: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Producers: Brent Miller and Suzanne Hillinger
Executive Producer: Michael Kantor
Editors: Enat Sidi and JD Marlow
Director of Photography: Ronan Killeen
Cinematographer: Sam Levy
Composer: Kris Bowers
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 1h 32m

 

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WEINER

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) runs for mayor of New York in 2013, but a new sex scandal ruins his attempt at a political comeback.

 

Directed and Produced by: Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg
Written by: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, Eli Despres
Executive Producers: Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, Lily Fan
Cinematographer:  Josh Kriegman
Editor: Eli Despres
Music by: Jeff Beal
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 100 min.

 

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LOUDER THAN BOMBS

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

Louder Than Bombs explores the death of a famous photographer (Isabelle Huppert), and how her husband (Gabriel Byrne) and sons, (Jesse Eisenberg and Devin Druid) cope while unraveling the truth behind the mysterious accident that claimed her life.

 

Director: Joachim Trier
Written by: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Produced by: Joshua Astrachan, Albert Berger, Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Thomas Robsahm, Marc Turtletaub, Ron Yerxa
Cinematographer:  Jakob Ihre
Editor: Olivier Bugge Coutté
Composer: Ola Fløttum
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabelle Huppert, Devin Druid, Rachel Brosnahan, Ruby Jerins, Megan Ketch, David Strathairn, Amy Ryan
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 109 min.

 

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Miles Ahead

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

Inspired by events in his life, ‘Miles Ahead’ is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle makes his bravura directorial debut. In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s.

 

Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past. A wily music reporter, Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis’ house and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions. Davis’ mercurial behavior is fueled by memories of his failed marriage to the talented and beautiful dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). During their romance and subsequent marriage, Frances served as Davis’ muse. It was during this period that he released several of his signature recordings including the groundbreaking “Sketches of Spain” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.” The idyll however, was short lived. The eight-year marriage was marked by infidelity and abuse, and Frances was forced to flee for her own safety as Miles’ mental and physical health deteriorated. By the late ‘70s, plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.

 

Director: Don Cheadle
Written by: Steven Baigelman, Don Cheadle
Starring: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Michael Stuhlburg
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Run Time: 100 min.

Become an Aspen Film member at the Director level or above between now and May 4 and receive complimentary admission. Current Aspen Film members receive a ticket discount at the Isis Theater box office in advance or day of show.

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Margarita, With a Straw

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

5:00 PM (Reception), 6:00 PM (Film)

 

In this inspirational love story, a middle class Indian teenager born with cerebral palsy (Kalki Koechlin, Dev.D, That Girl in Yellow Boots) is determined to have a relationship. Unusual only because it’s so rarely seen on screen, Margarita, with a Straw is an exceptional portrait of a woman discovering what she wants, and how to get it. Laila (Kalki Koechlin) is a student, crafting lyrics and electronic sounds for an indie band at her Delhi University. Her cerebral palsy doesn’t much get in the way of her life, although it sometimes does for others. When Laila’s band wins a local contest, the condescending host says to her, “It must have been so hard for you. Can you share something with us?” Laila shares her middle finger. Always seeking more freedom and new experience, Laila wins a place at New York University and leaves India with her mother (Revathy) for Manhattan. There she meets a fiery activist, Khanum (Sayani Gupta), who challenges her beliefs and sparks her creativity. For these two women, it’s the beginning of a remarkable love story. Avoiding the pitfalls of cheap sentiment on the one side and moral instruction on the other, Margarita, with a Straw is a consistently rewarding portrait of a young woman coming of age, making mistakes, and finding the unpredictable path of her own desire. (USA 2014)*

 

Director: Shonali Bose
Featuring: Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta, William Moseley, Hussain Dalal, Tenzing Dalha, Kuljeet Singh, Malhar Khushu
Language: English
Co-presenter: AspenOUT, Wheeler Film Society
Special Thanks: WIDE
Run Time: 100 min.

 

Aspen Film, AspenOUT and Wheeler Film Society will welcome director Shonali Bose for a special evening.  A complimentary reception precedes the screening with a discussion and Q&A hosted by The Aspen Times’s Andrew Travers immediately following.

*Note this film contains mild nudity and sexual content appropriate for ages 14 and up. 

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Finders Keepers

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

When his amputated leg is discovered in a grill sold at a North Carolina auction, John Wood finds himself at the center of a worldwide media frenzy. Seeing the new-found attention as an opportunity to rise above his otherwise disappointing, wayward life, he’s quickly swept up in the hysteria and becomes embroiled in a struggle over the leg with its enterprising buyer, Shannon Whisnant. The stranger-than-fiction chain of events that follows upends the lives of both men and reveals in surprising, and often beautiful ways, what it sometimes takes to rebuild a life.  (USA 2015)

Featuring: Shannon Whisnant, John Wood
Directors: Bryan Crayberry, Clay Tweel
Producers: Bryan Crayberry, Ed Cunningham, Adam Gibbs, Seth Gordon
Cinematographer: Adam Hobbs
Editors: Bryan Crayberry, Tchavdar Georgiev, Clay Tweel
Composers: Osei Essed, Dan Romer 


Language: English
Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Special Thanks: The Orchard
Run Time: 84 min.

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Hitchcock/Truffaut

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM 

 

In 1962, Francois Truffaut persuaded Alfred Hitchcock to sit with him for a week long interview in which the great British auteur would share with his young admirer the secrets of his cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting—used to produce the seminal book ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’—this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plunges us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds and Vertigo. Hitchcock’s singular vision is elucidated and brought vividly to life by today’s leading filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, and Paul Schrader. (USA 2015)

 

Director: Kent Jones
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Richard Linklate, Olivier Assayas, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Peter Bogdanovich, Paul Schrader

Language: English

Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres

Special Thanks: Cohen Media Group
Run Time: 80 min.

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

8:30 PM 

 

Bernadette (Terence Stamp) is a middle-aged transsexual mourning the recent death of her lover. She embarks on a cabaret tour with two transvestite friends, Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and Felicia (Guy Pearce) and together they set out for a professional engagement in Alice Springs in a gaudily painted bus they christen Priscilla. Along the way they encounter various macho characters-one of whom, Bob (Bill Hunter), begins to form a romantic attachment to Bernadette. (USA 1994)

 

Director: Stephen Elliott
Featuring: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp
Language: English

Co-presenter: Aspen Gay Ski Week
Special Thanks: Park Circus

Run Time: 104 min.

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Janis: Little Girl Blue

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Isis Theater, 406 E Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM 

 

Janis Joplin, one of the most revered and iconic rock n’ roll singers of all time, thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her tragic death in 1970 at age 27. This intimate and in-depth portrait reveals a complicated, driven, deeply sensitive artist. Rare, thrilling archival footage and Joplin’s own words tell much of the story, along with moving concert footage rarely seen on the big screen. Acclaimed documentarian Amy Berg’s insightful biopic brings new understanding of this bright, complex woman whose meteoric rise and sudden fall changed music forever. (USA 2015)

 

Director: Amy Berg
Featuring: Janis Joplin, Cat Power, Peter Albin
Language: English

Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres

Special Thanks: FilmRise
Run Time: 103 min. 

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Pawn Sacrifice

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM 

 

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire, whose players have dominated the game for decades. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world. (USA 2014)

 

Director: Edward Zwick
Writer: Steven Knight
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard
Language: English

Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres

Special Thanks: Bleeker Street
Run Time: 115 min.

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The End of the Tour

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM 

 

The End of the Tour tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitzer- Prize winner Donald Margulies’ insightful and heartbreaking screenplay. (Brazil 2015)

 

Director: James Ponsoldt
Writer: Donald Margulies
Cast: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky
Language: English

Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres

Special Thanks: A24
Run Time: 106 min.

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AMY

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Isis Theater, 406 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM 

 

From BAFTA Award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna), Amy tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on our culture and the world we live in today.

 

A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention with her unforgettable voice and charisma. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, Amy poured her heart and soul into her music, expressing personal struggles and pain through her intimate lyrics. The combination of her raw honesty and virtuosity resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of our time.

 

Amy became an international sensation, experiencing a meteoric rise to fame she had never sought nor expected. The relentless and invasive media attention, coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and addictions, led her into a tragic cycle of self-destruction, resulting in her untimely death at age 27. Four years later, Asif Kapadia’s powerful documentary invites audiences to remember and celebrate Amy as a brilliant artist while asking ourselves how it was that we watched her disappear in front of our eyes.  (USA 2015)

 

Director: Asif Kapadia
Cast: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson
Language: English

Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres

Special Thanks: A24
Run Time: 128 min.

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Infinitely Polar Bear

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

While most fathers spend their days at work, Cam Stuart (Mark Ruffalo) is more likely to be found mushroom-hunting, cooking elaborate meals, or working on one of his many half- completed projects. His family’s wealth keeps his family just barely afloat, while Cam struggles to live with manic depression. When Cam has a manic breakdown that lands him in a mental hospital, his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) and their two young daughters, Amelia and Faith, are forced to leave their house in the country and move into a cramped apartment in Cambridge, where Maggie tries to find a decent job, with no luck. Based on a true story, Infinitely Polar Bear is a funny and heartbreaking portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save each other. (USA 2014)

 

Director: Maya Forbes
Writer: Maya Forbes
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky
Language: English

Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres

Special Thanks: Sony Pictures Classics
Run Time: 90 min.

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Southpaw

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

5:30 PM & 8:15 PM

 

From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and starring Academy Award®-nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain) comes a story of tragedy, loss and the painful road to redemption. Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called “Southpaw,” consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting… one fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame. With a beautiful family, home and financial security, Billy is on top both in and out of the ring until a tragic accident leaves his wife dead and sends him into a downward spiral. (USA 2015)

 

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writer: Kurt Sutter
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams
Language: English

Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres
Special Thanks:  The Weinstein Company, Escape Artists and The Aspen Times

Run Time: 124 min.

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I’ll See You in My Dreams

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Isis Theater, 406 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

7:30 PM

 

In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. After the death of her beloved dog, Carol (Blythe Danner) finds the everyday activities that have given her life structure – her regular bridge game, gardening, a glass of wine or two – have lost their luster. With the support of three loyal girlfriends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), Carol decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man (Martin Starr), pursuing a new love interest (Sam Elliott), and reconnecting with her daughter (Malin Akerman). (USA 2015)

 

Director: Brett Haley
Writers: Marc Basch, Brett Haley
Cast: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott
Language: English

Co-presenter: Metropolitan Theatres

Special Thanks: Bleeker Street
Run Time: 92 min.

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