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ASPEN The 16th annual Aspen Shortsfest opens Tuesday at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House with the first two of eight programs in the International Competition. Program One is at 5:30 p.m.; Program Two is at 8:15 p.m.; the Kick-Off Party will follow.Among the highlights of Program One are “Security,” a German psychological drama about a supermarket security officer; and “McLaren’s Negatives,” an animated film about the pioneering Canadian animator Norman McLaren. The program will also feature a screening of Carbondale resident Bill Fisher’s “Whirling Dervish,” which earned the Best Overall Film prize Sunday at the Local Filmmakers Showcase.Program Two includes “Room 10,” a hospital drama co-directed by Jennifer Aniston, and starring Robin Wright Penn and Kris Kristofferson; and “Elvis Lives in Parkes,” a documentary about a community Elvis Presley celebration in tiny Parkes, Australia.Competition screening programs continue daily through Friday. Discussions with the approximately 20 filmmakers scheduled to be in attendance follow all screening programs. All upvalley programs are at the Wheeler.There will be additional screening programs Friday through Sunday at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.Saturday features four special events in Aspen: “For a Fistful of Dollars … Or Less,” a presentation on low-budget digital filmmaking with filmmaker Lewis Teague; the International Competition Awards Ceremony; Planet Cinema: New French Shorts, a program of French short films, presented by Roger Gonin, program director of France’s Clermont-Ferrand festival; and “Masterworks Clips & Conversation: The Art of Film Editing,” with film editors Ron Bochar, Carol Littleton, Richard Marks and Tim Squyres.Shortsfest 2007 concludes Sunday with the family film program Lights, Camera, Kids.Shortsfest also features Focus on Filmmaking, a series of programs for filmmakers. For a full schedule of films, go to http://www.aspentimes.com/film.


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