Aspen Film has announced the addition of two films to its Aspen Filmfest 2007. The 29th annual Filmfest runs Sept. 26-30 with events in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.The latest additions to the festival are the biopic Control, and the wilderness drama Into the Wild. Control, by Dutch-born director Anton Corbijn, tells the story of Ian Curtis, the lead singer of 1980s U.K. band Joy Division, who committed suicide at the age of 23. The film stars Sam Riley as Ian, and Samantha Morton as his widow, Deborah. Into the Wild is writer-director Sean Penns adaptation of Jon Krakauers 1996 best-seller of the same name. The film tells the true story of Christopher McCandless, who died in 1992 after surviving for nearly four months in the Alaskan wilderness. Emile Hirsch (Imaginary Heroes, Lords of Dogtown) stars as McCandless, with Vince Vaughn as Wayne Westerberg, with whom McCandless had spent time before his Alaska sojourn.Other movies to be screened at Filmfest include the feature films Starting Out in the Evening, starring Frank Langella as an obscure novelist; director Kenneth Branaghs Sleuth, a remake of the 1972 classic starring Michael Caine and Jude Law; Across the Universe, directed by Julie Taymor and inspired by the Beatles song of the same name; and the Irish small-town comedy Small Engine Repair.Documentaries include Chicago 10, a partly animated film about the protests of the 1968 Democratic National Convention; War/Dance, about children in a Ugandan refugee camp training for a music and dance festival; and My Kid Could Paint That, about a 4-year-old art prodigy.Away from the screen, Academy Award-winning actress Julie Christie will be presented with Aspen Films Independent By Nature Award in a Sept. 29 event at the Wheeler Opera House.The full program for Aspen Filmfest 2007 will be announced after Labor Day. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 17. For further information on Aspen Film, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.
The 10th anniversary of the death of Aspen icon John Denver will be celebrated with a handful of events, including three separate concert events. The pop-folk singer died Oct. 12, 1997, in an airplane crash off the coast of Monterey, Calif.The 10th annual Tribute to John Denver Concerts are set for Oct. 11-13 at the Wheeler Opera House. The concerts, which benefit Challenge Aspen, have in the past featured Denvers song-writing partners, members of his touring band, and special guests such as Vince Gill and Kathy Mattea. The list of performers for this years concerts has yet to be announced.A pair of concerts, a matinee show and an evening performance, to benefit the Windstar Foundation and the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is set for Oct. 13 at Harris Hall. The concerts will feature former Denver bandmates James Burton, Jim Connor, Dick Kniss and Steve Weisberg, as well as Jim Curry, who has played Denver on stage and TV.Local resident John Adams will present his annual tribute concert, Rocky Mountain High, at the Wheeler on Oct. 14.Other events include an evening of storytelling at the Wheeler on Oct. 10, worship services at the John Denver Sanctuary, public gatherings and more.
The Aspen Poets Society has launched its website, http://www.aspenpoetssociety.com.The site is a place where poets can post their writings, read the archived work of other poets, and contribute to the Sidewalk Poem, a group collaboration.
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