December 31, 2009
It’s just one day – a bit short for a festival – but the Wild and Scenic Film Festival packs seven short movies into that one evening. The traveling event, coming to Aspen for the second year and hosted by the Independence Pass Foundation, will offer glimpses into the rising (returning?) trend of backyard farming, threatened orangutans, and the protection of the world’s largest marine reserve. There is also a 10-minute video of local interest – about the efforts to remove old fencing from Independence Pass. Proceeds from the festival go toward restoration and revegetation on the pass. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
“Bad Lieutenant,” Abel Ferarra’s 1992 film starring Harvey Keitel as a thieving, gambling, drug-taking New York City cop, was a landmark in indie filmmaking. Is there any reason to revisit the material? German filmmaker Werner Herzog believes so. Out of the 18-year-old film comes “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans” – not a sequel; not a remake, exactly; but a resetting of the original. Herzog’s version fast-forwards to post-Katrina New Orleans, where Nicolas Cage is a rogue cop investigating the killing of five African immigrants – while also satisfying his needs with crack, gambling and a prostitute played by Eva Mendes. Herzog’s instincts are to be trusted: His last film, the Antarctic documentary “Encounters at the End of the World” was unforgettable. And Cage’s performance is being hailed as wonderfully unhinged. The film shows Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 6-8, at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.