Aspen Ideas Fest film lineup released
June 14, 2018
It's easy to lose sight of in the head-spinningly packed daily agenda and among all the bold-faced names from media and politics and science and beyond, but the Aspen Ideas Festival has also evolved into something of a film festival.
This year's Ideas Fest and Spotlight Health has nine new movies in its lineup. Running nightly from June 21 to June 29 at Paepcke Auditorum, the program is a mix of documentary and fiction features — none of them yet released theatrically and all of them including filmmakers for post-screening panel discussions.
National Geographic's "Science Fair" (June 21) follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks, triumphs and hormones at the 2017 International Science and Engineering Fair.
"Far From the Tree" (June 22) is based on Andrew Solomon's bestselling book of the same name, an eye-opening documentary about parents working to accept their unique children.
"The Tale" (June 23) is a Sundance Grand Prize-winning drama starring Laura Dern, probing one woman's memory as she is forced to re-examine her own experience of sexual abuse and exposes the stories survivors tell themselves in order to move forward.
"Anote's Ark" (June 24) is about the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati and how it is confronting annihilation from sea-level rise.
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"306 Hollywood" (June 25) memorializes and honors the life of the filmmakers' grandmother, Annette Ontell, who lived seven decades in the same New Jersey house.
"Miseducation of Cameron Post" (June 26) is searing drama about gay conversion therapy, starring Chlow Grace Moretz.
"The Sentence" (June 27) follows one family over the course of 10 years as a mother of three serves a prison sentence for a Michigan drug conviction.
"Burden" (June 28) stars Garrett Hedlund and Forest Whitaker in a film based on the true story of a Ku Klux Klan member and a black preacher in South Carolina.
"Of Fathers & Sons" (June 29) goes inside the dynamics of a radical Islamist family.
Screenings all begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, available at the Wheeler Opera House box office and http://www.aspen showtix.com.
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