New Views begins with screening of ‘Step’ |

New Views begins with screening of ‘Step’

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Step team members Tayla Solomon, Cori Granger, and Blessin Giraldo, from the documentary film, "STEP," are photographed at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for Los Angeles Times on January 20, 2017 in Park City, Utah. PUBLISHED IMAGE. CREDIT MUST READ: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/Contour by Getty Images. (Photo by Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/Contour by Getty Images)
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The Aspen Institute Arts Program kicks off its 2017 New Views Documentaries & Dialogue Series: A Lens on Strong and Resilient Girls and Women with a screening of “Step” on Monday.

“Step” is the true-life story of a girls’ high school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, the young women in the film chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college. Along the way, they learn to laugh, love and thrive — on and off the stage — even when the world seems to work against them.

“Documentaries aren’t often discussed in terms of their ability to entertain, but ‘Step’ might be the most infectiously entertaining doc since Chris Rock’s ‘Good Hair,’” noted Variety.

Paula Dofat, college counselor to the film subjects, will be featured in a post-screening discussion.

Other New Views’ films include: “Unrest” on July 27, as the Resnick Aspen Action Forum Opening Film; “I Am Jane Doe” on Aug. 7; and “Dolores” on Aug. 13. All events will feature a post-screening discussion with a director of other special guest.

All films will be screened at Paepcke Auditorium at the Institute’s Aspen Meadows Campus at 7 p.m. (“Unrest” shows at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are $20 can be purchased at, 970-920-5770, or through the Wheeler Opera House box office. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of each event, and tickets, if available, will be for sale at the door.

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