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Dec
17
Sun
Aspen Laugh Festival presents Heather McDonald @ Wheeler Opera House
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm

Funny gal Heather McDonald doesn’t hold back on anything. She is one of the most in-demand touring stand-up comics as well as an actress, and accomplished writer. Her top rated podcast “Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald” is downloaded over one million times per month. She recently debuted her first Showtime Stand-up Special “I Don’t Mean to Brag.” She was staff writer, story producer and regular on E!’s top rated show “Chelsea Lately” for its entire seven year run. Her last performance in Aspen was in 2016 as part of the Aspen Laugh Festival.

 

Opener: Josh Adam Meyers

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I am Josh Adam Meyers.
I am a comedian.
I am from Baltimore, Maryland.
I live in Los Angeles, CA.
I am the creator and host of The Goddamn Comedy Jam which will be on Comedy Central in 2016.  I was a “New Face” at Just For Laughs Montreal in 2013.  I have performed at NYCF 15, JFL 15 and  Moontower Comedy Fest 16.  Catch me at my home club, the Hollywood Improv, every Saturday Night at 11:30pm.

 

Dec
18
Mon
Venue Closed
Dec 18 all-day
Dec
19
Tue
Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | I, TONYA @ Wheeler Opera House
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm
Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | I, TONYA @ Wheeler Opera House

Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a mustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid- tongued mother, LaVona Golden, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie’s I, TONYA+ is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all of its unchecked—and checkered—glory. One of the most anticipated films of the year, selected for the prestigious Gala program of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. (1 hr 59 min)

DIRECTOR | Greg Gillespie

FILM COURTESY OF | Neon

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION | Best Picture, Best Performance, Best Original Screenplay


One of the best of its kind, this film series highlights 20 acclaimed films actively campaigning for Academy Award consideration. This popular fixture on Aspen’s holiday calendar unites film professionals, visitors and residents alike. Aspen Film brings the heat of the Oscar race to the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley!

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Supported by the Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax and Arts Grant Fund.

Dec
20
Wed
Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | SUMMER 1993 @ Wheeler Opera House
Dec 20 @ 2:00 pm
Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | SUMMER 1993 @ Wheeler Opera House

In Carla Simon’s touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother’s apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Although her aunt, uncle, and younger cousin Anna welcome her with open arms, it’s only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside. Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, this coming of age drama, set amongst summery hues, is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world, anchored by flawless performances by its two young stars. Winner of numerous international festival prizes, including Best First Feature at the 2017 Berlinale. (1 hr 37 min)

DIRECTOR | Carla Simon

FILM COURTESY OF | Oscilloscope

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION | Best Foreign Language Film (Spain)


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Supported by the Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax and Arts Grant Fund.

Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | HUMAN FLOW @ Wheeler Opera House
Dec 20 @ 5:00 pm
Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | HUMAN FLOW @ Wheeler Opera House

Artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei captures the global refugee crisis – the greatest human displacement since World War II – in this breathtakingly epic film journey. “I want the right of life, of the leopard at the spring, of the seed splitting open — I want the right of the first man.” – Nazim Hikmet, Turkish Poet (1902-1963)

Winner of numerous prizes from the 2017 Venice Film Festival, including the Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award. (2 hr 20 min)

COMMUNITY PARTNER | Aspen Art Museum

DIRECTOR | Ai Weiwei

FILM COURTESY OF | Magnolia Pictures/Amazon Studios/Participant Media

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION | Best Documentary Feature


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Supported by the Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax and Arts Grant Fund.

Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | THE BEGUILED @ Wheeler Opera House
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm
Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | THE BEGUILED @ Wheeler Opera House

THE BEGUILED is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events. Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. Winner of the Best Director Prize (Sofia Coppola) at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. (1 hr 33 min)

DIRECTOR | Sofia Coppola

FILM COURTESY OF | Focus Features

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION | Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress – Nicole Kidman, Best Adapted Screenplay


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Supported by the Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax and Arts Grant Fund.

Dec
21
Thu
Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | LADY BIRD @ Wheeler Opera House
Dec 21 @ 2:00 pm
Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | LADY BIRD @ Wheeler Opera House

In LADY BIRD, writer/director Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, LADY BIRD is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. Winner of numerous festival prizes for performance and direction, including Best Director from the 2017 National Board of Review. (1 hr 34 min)

DIRECTOR | Greta Gerwig

FILM COURTESY OF | A24

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION | Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress – Saoirse Ronan, Best Supporting Actress – Laurie Metcalf, Best Original Screenplay

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Supported by the Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax and Arts Grant Fund.

Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | STRONG ISLAND @ Wheeler Opera House
Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm
Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | STRONG ISLAND @ Wheeler Opera House

In April 1992, on Long Island NY, William Jr., the Ford’s eldest child, a black 24-year-old teacher, was killed by Mark Reilly, a white 19-year-old mechanic. Although Ford was unarmed, he became the prime suspect in his own murder. Director Yance Ford chronicles the arc of his family across history, geography and tragedy – from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle class suburbs, to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death. It is the story of the Ford family: Barbara Dunmore, William Ford and their three children and how their lives were shaped by the enduring shadow of racism in America. A deeply intimate and meditative film, STRONG ISLAND asks what one can do when the grief of loss is entwined with historical injustice, and how one grapples with the complicity of silence, which can bind a family in an imitation of life, and a nation with a false sense of justice. Winner of numerous international and domestic festival prizes for documentary, including the Special Jury Prize at 2017 Sundance Film Festival. (1 hr 47 min)

DIRECTOR | Yance Ford

FILM COURTESY OF | Netflix

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION | Best Documentary Feature

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Supported by the Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax and Arts Grant Fund.

Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | WIND RIVER @ Wheeler Opera House
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
Aspen Film: 26th Annual Aspen Academy Screenings | WIND RIVER @ Wheeler Opera House

WIND RIVER is a thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, WIND RIVER also stars Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, and James Jordan. Winner of numerous international and domestic prizes for performance and direction, notable the Best Director Prize from Un Certain Regard section of 2017 Cannes Film Festival. (1 hr 47 min)

DIRECTOR | Taylor Sheridan

FILM COURTESY OF | Acacia Entertainment

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION | Best Director, Best Performance, Best Original Screenplay

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Supported by the Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax and Arts Grant Fund.

Dec
22
Fri
Venue Closed
Dec 22 all-day