September 26, 2008
For some 20 years, Carbondalian Loren Wilder has been observing people onstage and bringing their performances to light, as lighting designer for the Wheeler Opera House, Aspen Community Theatre and other organizations around the state. Clearly, she has been thinking outside the light, however. Her first show, The Language of Light, emphasizes dance there are 57 dancers in the production but also incorporates music, Indian spirituality and set design. And dont expect her to skimp on the lighting elements. The family-friendly Language of Light has its world debut Friday through Sunday, Oct. 3-5 at the Aspen District Theatre.
Aspen Filmfest brings its five-day cinema feast to a glorious close on Sunday, Sept. 28. The schedule opens with Stranded, an extraordinary documentary about the 1972 airplane crash that left 45 Uruguayans on a snowy Andean mountaintop. For the young and young-minded, theres the 1953 classic Peter Pan, screened from a new print. The Israeli film The Lemon Tree is a complex, sensitive drama about the tensions internal and external arising from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Aspen program concludes with the Surprise Film, but theres bonus events in Carbondale: the acclaimed Mississippi Delta drama Ballast, which earned two major awards at the Sundance Festival; and Teddy Bear, the latest by Czech director Jan Hrebejk.
Once the leaves start turning, the mindset of Aspenites inevitably changes seasons, too. The flip-flops and shorts return to the closet, the barbecue goes back under its cover, and we fixate on the upcoming winter. If youre still clinging to summer, The Meeting, a summit of ski and snowboard film premieres from the biggest names in the ski porn genre, will re-ignite the jones for powder days. The festival and industry gathering, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 2-5 which comes on the heels of Aspens other cinema fest features nightly screenings at the Wheeler Opera House and parties around town, including the annual D&E fashion show, Oct. 2 at the Belly Up with live hip-hop from Tech N9ne. This years festival includes Matchstick Productions latest offering, Claim and Mack Dawg Productions 20th anniversary film, Double Decade. Local Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler will also be on hand to debut Oakley and 1242 Films Uniquely a unique all-female production that is also the first Meeting film to feature off-snow sports. For complete details, go to aspensnowmass.com.