The Wheeler Film Series will present eight films over late January and February.
The schedule opens Sunday, Jan. 27, with “Into the Wild,” Sean Penn’s adaptation of the true-life adventure book by Jon Krakauer. The film, which earned a Golden Globe Award for best original song, stars Emile Hirsch as Christopher McCandless, a privileged young man who escapes to the Alaskan wilderness.
“The Jane Austen Book Club,” a romantic drama about a group of Californians who gather monthly to discuss the work of Jane Austen, has an encore presentation on Feb. 3. “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama,” a documentary of Rick Ray’s interview with the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, returns on Feb. 7 and 10.
“No Country for Old Men,” adapted by Joel and Ethan Coen from the Cormac McCarthy novel, is set for Feb. 11-12. The film, a darkly comic crime thriller set in West Texas, has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture. “Deep Water,” a documentary of the disastrous 1968 around-the-world yacht race, shows Feb. 15 and 17.
“Starting Out in the Evening,” starring Frank Langella as an obscure, old novelist pursued by an eager literature student, is scheduled for Feb. 18-20. “The Red Balloon,” a 1956 film by French writer-director Albert Lamorisse, will be screened, along with Lamorisse’s 1953 film “Crin-Blanc,” Feb. 23-24. The 34-minute “Red Balloon,” which earned the Academy Award for best original screenplay, is the only short film to win an Oscar outside of the short-film categories.
The schedule concludes Feb. 25-26 and 28 with “Outsourced,” a modern-day comedy about an employee of a customer call center whose job is outsourced to India.
All Wheeler Films start at 7:30 p.m. Films scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays will have additional 4:30 p.m. matinee screenings.
The Aspen Art Museum has set its schedule of exhibitions into the spring.
Jeremy Deller’s Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and Me is set to open Feb. 15, and run through April 13. The exhibit, inspired by the Neil Young song “Pocahontas,” is an installation, curated by Deller, featuring works by Paul Chan, Peter Doig, An-My Lê and others, addressing American identity, history, war and more. The exhibit will be complemented by a symposium at the Aspen Institute, and a book documenting the symposium.
Also opening Feb. 15 is an exhibit by Beijing’s Yan Lei. Yan Lei’s works are paintings created over photographs; this exhibit, her first one-person museum show in the U.S., is inspired by travel.
Four Thursday Nights: Creative Imagination will take place over four consecutive Thursday nights, beginning April 24. The series will feature video and film works centered around the theme of personal fantasy.
British artist Phil Collins will participate in the museum’s Distinguished Artist in Residence Program this spring, in which the public will be invited to visit the artist in the process of making his work. The art produced during the residency will be shown at the museum beginning in August.
In addition, the museum’s Young Curators of the Roaring Fork exhibit, featuring local student artists and curated by local students, will open April 25 at the Aspen Art Museum.
For further information, go to http://www.aspenartmuseum.org.
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