Aspen Film has announced the award winners from its Aspen Filmfest 2007. The festival, held Sept. 25-30, featured screenings of American features, documentaries and foreign language films, as well as appearances by filmmakers Tamara Jenkins (“The Savages”), Nial Heery (“Small Engine Repair”), Judith Light, Robert Desiderio, Herb Hamsher and Robert Cary (“Save Me”), and Dereck & Beverly Joubert (“Living with Big Cats”). Also appearing onstage was actress Julie Christie, who received Aspen Film’s Independent by Nature Award. Attendance was more than 7,000 for events and screenings in Aspen and Carbondale.The Aspen Audience Favorite Award went to “Across the Universe,” director Julie Taymor’s musical drama built out of Beatles songs. The Jouberts wildlife documentary “Living with Big Cats” and Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine’s “War/Dance,” about child refugees in Northern Uganda preparing for a dance festival, shared the Aspen Audience Favorite Documentary Award.Audience Favorites in Carbondale were “War/Dance” and “Hula Girls,” a comedy about a Japanese mining town’s efforts to transform itself into a Hawaiian-themed resort.Aspen Film’s next presentation is the Academy Screenings series, Dec. 18-Jan. 1 in Harris Hall, with the program to be announced in early December; and Aspen Shortsfest, April 2-8, 2008. For further information on Aspen Film, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.
Local theater company the Hudson Reed Ensemble has announced a collaboration with local cable station GrassRoots TV12, “Hudson Reed Presents.” The new series comprises two separate programs: a live broadcast of a weekly acting workshop, and an hour-long live, black-and-white TV theater show, modeled on the 1950s Golden Age of live-broadcast TV, including “Playhouse 90” and “The Philco Television Playhouse.” The pilot episode of the series will premiere in late November.Hudson Reed Ensemble will hold auditions for their 2007-’08 season, including the “Hudson Reed Presents” series, Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Rio Grande Conference Room of the old Youth Center, next to the Pitkin County Courthouse plaza. The season will feature three play readings; The Aspen Soap II: “As the Binding Releases”; and the summer Shakespeare in the Park series, as well as “Hudson Reed Presents.”
Rhythms of the Heart is presenting a workshop for beginners and intermediates in African-inspired drumming, rhythm and songs. The workshop is set for Oct. 20, from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at the Pyramid Peaks Center in Carbondale.Leading the workshop is Rhythms of the Heart founder Laurie Loeb, who has been playing percussion for more than 50 years in symphony orchestras, theater productions, choral works and operas. She has studied at the Juilliard school, the University of Michigan and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and currently performs in the Aspen Choral Society Orchestra and the Symphony in the Valley.No experience is necessary for participation in the workshop. The cost is $35, which includes use of instruments.Registration is required. To register or for more information, call 963-2798.
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