Be part of the Aspen Institute's inaugural NEW VIEWS: Documentaries & Dialogue series. Four critically acclaimed documentaries will be accompanied by conversations with special guests. Films include Blood Brother, Anita, Inequality For All, and Gasland Part II. Dates, times vary.
When Somali pirates hijack a cargo ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the crew must face the psychological and physical fears that come with being held hostage. Using real-life locations and people who have been in similar situations, this thriller brings the surprise. Fri-Sun 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:10 p.m.
Art is timeless, and some of the oldest pieces known to man can influence modern artists. This 90-minute film explores the connection between ancient art and abstract expressionists. Bonus: Professor Melinda Barlow from the University of Colorado Boulder will discuss the relationships among photography, painting, film, and animation. Thu 7-10 p.m.
The festival features nine films over two evenings, all celebrating the power of community and storytelling. Don't miss the Colorado premiere of the Forgotten Kingdom, the story of a young South African man journeying to Lesotho to bury his estranged father. Along the way, he is captivated by the mysterious beauty of his homeland and its people. Wed-Thu 7 p.m.
The agony of the modern dating scene is perfectly captured in this Kickstarter-funded film. Husband-and-wife screenwriting team Kenny Stevenson and Dorien Davies play the not-so-romantic leads: Neal, whose buddies help him find love via the “Missed Connections” section of a website, and Jane, a woman using the same website to purposefully disappoint her hopeful dates. Thu 7-10 p.m.
This 2000 Thai film follows Dum, a handsome man unwillingly pulled into the gang life of rural Thailand. When his wealthy sweetheart, Rumpoey, is married off to a policeman, Dum does everything in his power to escape gang life and return to her. Thu-Fri 10 p.m.
Ginger and Rosa were inseparable best friends coming of age in 1960s London. But as the Cuban Missile Crisis escalates and the threat of nuclear holocaust looms, their friendship is redefined. The Cold War confronts the Sexual Revolution as Ginger is drawn to poetry and protest, while Rosa experiments with cigarettes and boys. Thu 7 p.m.
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