`Pecker’ creator Waters to appear at Shortsfest | AspenTimes.com

`Pecker’ creator Waters to appear at Shortsfest

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen Filmfest will celebrate the 10th edition of its Shortsfest with an appearance by writer-director John Waters.

Waters, the off-center wit behind such films as “Pecker,” “Pink Flamingos” and the recent “Cecil B. Demented,” will appear on closing night of Shortsfest, April 14. He will present an evening of stories and observations on the film world at the Wheeler Opera House.

The five-day Shortsfest has become known as a premier competitive showcase for short comedies, dramas, documentaries, animation and more. The festival opens April 10 and runs through April 14, with events at the Wheeler and Club Chelsea in Aspen, and at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. The festival will feature dozens of short films and offers some $20,000 in cash awards to winners in various categories.

Other features of Shortsfest 2001 include the Director Spotlight, with Austin-based animators Bob Sabiston and Tommy Pallotta; the MasterWorks symposium, featuring a dialogue with cinematographer Lazslo Kovacs; and Planet Cinema, focusing on classic French shorts by directors Jean Renoir and Francois Truffaut. Shortsfest will also feature the kids’ program “Screen Play!” with the world premiere of John Serpentelli’s “Kid Toon Fest,” an animation program created by kids for kids.

A complete Shortsfest program will be available online at http://www.aspenshortsfest.org on March 26, and in The Aspen Times on March 30. Tickets for Shortsfest will go on sale to the public on April 3 at the Wheeler Opera House box office and Sounds Easy in Carbondale.

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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2001

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