Aspen Films Announces Filmfest Lineup


Potential Oscar nominees, documentaries, jury winners and audience favorites are among a few of the films debuting late September during Aspen Film’s 35th annual Filmfest. From Sept. 25 – 29, dozens of movies will make screen at the Isis Theater and Paepcke Auditorium.

Movies include Bill Condon’s highly anticipated Wikileaks dramatic thriller “The Fifth Estate” with Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange; John Wells’s star-filled “August: Osage County” starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts; “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” with Idris Elba of The Wire; Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte; and the inspirational against-all-odds story of everyman British Tenor Paul Potts’ meteoric rise to fame in “One Chance.”

American music is celebrated in two stirring docs, Greg “Freddy” Camalier’s award-winning “Muscle Shoals,”  the story of the hit-making music studio in a tiny Alabama town and “This Ain’t No Mouse Music!,” Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling’s joyous portrait of Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records. From Canada comes
“Spring & Arnaud,” a beautifully crafted and tenderhearted portrait of two artists by Katherine Knight and Marcia Connolly. New Zealand photographer and filmmaker Anthony Powell’s “Antarctica: A Year on Ice” captures spectacular vistas and the human activity that hums on the icy continent through the four seasons. Physician-director Ryan McGarry’s award-winning “Code Black” offers a potent close-up on healthcare lensed through the E.R unit at Los Angeles County Hospital. Director Nicholas Wrathall offers an insightful and entertaining portrait of one most fearless critics of our time in “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia.” The compelling back-story of NBA basketball phenomenon Jeremy Lin is revealed in Evan Jackson Leong’s “Linsanity.” The world premier of “Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence” is photographer and author Peter C. Jones’ reflective portrait of one of the most influential living spiritual leaders who calls St. Benedict’s Monastery in Old Snowmass, Colo., home.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 11 through the Wheeler Opera House Box Office at Aspen Show Tix, and the complete schedule is available at Aspen Film.