Aspen Film and Anderson Ranch, in Collaboration, Present a Monthly Film Series for Summer 2021


Tickets are $10 for GA and FREE to the first 20 sign-ups from each group who are Aspen Film members, Anderson Ranch National Council and on-campus workshop students.

All screenings include a complimentary popcorn and beverage. Additional beverages and food items will be available for purchase.


Wednesday, August 18 | 7:00 PM


Directed by Tamra Davis | 116 min


Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neo expressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions. Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat’s own words and work that powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man.


Wednesday, June 16 | 7:00 PM


Directed by Joao Jardim and Lucy Walker | 109 min


An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Located just outside Rio de Janeiro, Jardim Gramacho, Brazil, is the world’s largest garbage landfill. Modern artist Vik Muniz works with the so-called catadores, the men and women who pick through the refuse, to create art out of recycled materials. Muniz selects six of the garbage pickers to pose as subjects in a series of photographs mimicking famous paintings.


A virtual panel with artist Vik Muniz and filmmaker João Jardim, moderated by Aspen Film Executive + Artistic Director Susan Wrubel will screen immediately following the film.


Wednesday, July 14 | 6:00 PM


Directed by Gabriel Axel | 103 min


Charming and melancholy, Babette’s Feast is a timeless Scandinavian treat that explores the complex relationships between people, beliefs, and what it means to be an artist. Beautiful but pious sisters Martine and Philippa grow to spinsterhood under the wrathful eye of their strict pastor father on the desolate coast of Jutland, until one day, Philippa’s former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette to serve as the family cook. Babette’s lavish celebratory banquet tempts the family’s dwindling congregation, who abjure such fleshly pleasures as fine foods and wines.


This film includes a multi-course meal inspired by the food of Babette’s Feast and presented by Rob Ittner and the Ranch Café. Tickets include beverages, hors d’oeuvres and dinner, and is presented in conjunction with Anderson Ranch’s “Recognition Week” fundraising event.