January 29, 2007
Aspen Film and Plum TV are calling for entries for the sixth annual Local Filmmakers Showcase. Winners in various categories of the competition will have their films screened as part of Aspen Shortsfest 2007. The winner of the Best Overall Film award will receive a cash prize and a production package to be used toward the filmmaker’s next film, to be premiered on Plum TV.The Local Filmmakers Showcase is open to all ages and abilities. Films must be 10 minutes or shorter, and filmmakers must be residents of Pitkin, Eagle or Garfield counties to be eligible.Best of Category Awards will be presented for the best documentary, fiction, outdoor/action sports, and student film. Finalists will have their films presented in a special, free community screening program April 1 at the Wheeler Opera House, in the opening to the 16th annual Aspen Shortsfest. Winners will be announced at the presentation.The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 9. For complete guidelines and an entry form, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org, or call 925-6882, ext. 102.
The Aspen Art Museum has announced its upcoming schedule of exhibitions and events.Two shows – Like color in pictures, and Tonico Lemos Auad – open with receptions Feb. 15. Like color in pictures, curated by Art Museum director and chief curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, is an international group exhibit of emerging and established artists exploring aspects of the return of intense, idiosyncratic color to art. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalog. Tonico Lemos Auad features work in unusual media – gold chain necklaces, bananas, carpet lint and crabs – by the Brazilian-born, London-based artist in his first one-person U.S. show. Auad will participate in an artist breakfast Feb. 15 at the museum.British artist Peter Doig, who designed this year’s Aspen Skiing Company lift ticket, will participate in two special events this month. On Feb. 16 Doig will present a selection of historic ski films at the Sky Hotel’s 39 degrees. On Feb. 18, he will be present at Create Your Own Lift Ticket at the base of Buttermilk Mountain.Zuckerman Jacobson will host a Lunch with the Director on March 7 at the museum.This year’s Four Thursday Nights film series, titled Minus, begins April 26 with Kota Ezawa’s “The Simpson Verdict,” to be introduced by the artist. The series continues with additional films on three more consecutive Thursday evenings.Korean artist Koo Jeong-A will be this year’s distinguished artist in residence, April 23-May 25. Her installation will be featured in the museum’s upper gallery May 29-July 22. Also showing May 29-July 22 will be German artist Nicole Wermers.
The Aspen/Glenwood Choral Society will present its annual spring concert, featuring J.S. Bachs Cantata No. 80, Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott, in March. The performances are set for March 30 in Glenwood Springs, at the United Methodist Church, and March 31, in Harris Concert Hall. This marks the first time the Choral Societys spring concert will be performed outside of Aspen.Downvalley rehearsals for the concerts will be held every Wednesday beginning Feb. 7, from 6-8 p.m., at the United Methodist Church. Aspen rehearsals are set for every Thursday, beginning Feb.. 8, from 4-6 p.m. at the Community Church. All singers are invited to attend; no auditions are necessary.For further information, call Choral Society director/conductor Ray Adams at 925-3685.