Honoring ‘The Days Between’ Jerry Garcia’s birth and death, Aspen Film, in conjunction with Snowmass will present a spirited drive-in movie. Get ready to dance and shake your bones for this defining rock documentary.
Sunday, August 7 | 7:30 PM
Snowmass Recreation Center Parking Lot
Emerging from the Bay Area’s vibrant 1960s counterculture, the Grateful Dead were a motley crew whose unique sound sprang from an eclectic blend of influences: bluegrass, folk ballads, R&B, free-form jazz, classical and jug band.
Aspen Film in conjunction with the USC Shoah Foundation is proud to present a special family film event featuring the award-winning RUTH: A LITTLE GIRL’S BIG JOURNEY, based on the true story of prominent author and therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s childhood journey out of Nazi Germany. Produced by USC Shoah Foundation and Delirio Films with the generous support of Executive Producers Jodi Harris Schwartz and Andrea and Barry Cayton (16 minutes), this animated short film has been featured at numerous festivals and was most recently recognized as the Audience Award Winner at the 2022 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
After the ‘RUTH’ screening, the award-winning film, THE TATTOOED TORAH narrated by Ed Asner and based on the renowned children’s book that has educated young children about the Holocaust for generations. Directed and co-written by Aspen local Marc Bennett. The film is presented by The Goldrich Family Foundation and USC Shoah Foundation (21 minutes). The film has been an official selection of over 48 film festivals around the world, winning numerous awards including Best Animated Short and Best Adaptation.
Tuesday, August 9 | 3 PM
Over the last three decades, the beloved children’s book by Marvell Ginsburg, The Tattooed Torah, has been a powerful resource for Holocaust education. The book recounts the true story of the rescue and restoration of a small Torah from Brno, Czechoslovakia, and teaches the Holocaust not only as a period of destruction but also as an opportunity for redemption. Marvell was the director of Early Childhood Education for the Board of Jewish Education in Chicago for many years, and is the author of numerous books and articles. The adaptation of The Tattooed Torah into an animated short film is a three-generational endeavor, initiated by Marvell’s daughter, Beth Kopin, who first had the dream to transform this book into a film, and is one of the executive producers. Beth’s son Brett, the co-screenwriter, is currently a rabbinical student in Los Angeles.
The film brings illustrator Martin Lemelman’s rich artwork to life, and will allow this story to reach a much broader audience all over the world. Now more than ever, it is essential to continue teaching the lessons of the Holocaust to young children in an impactful and palatable way, so that such horrific events are never forgotten and never repeated.