Aspen Film, in association with the Aspen Music Festival and School, will present seven films in the SummerFilms series. The series presents films on Sunday and Monday evenings at 8 p.m. in Paepcke Auditorium.The series opens Sunday, June 29 with Surfwise, a documentary about the Paskowitz family of Israel, led by eccentric patriarch Doc Paskowitz, and their unusual lifestyle, centered around surfing.French director Claude Lelouchs Roman de Gare, a crime thriller about a popular novelist starring Fanny Ardant, is set for July 6-7. The Italian film My Brother Is an Only Child, a coming-of-age drama set in the 60s and 70s, shows July 13-14. The film, written and directed by Daniele Luchetti, earned four Italian David Awards, and was nominated for five others.Dalai Lama Renaissance, a documentary about a group of artists, scholars, physicists and more, traveling to India to meet with the Dalai Lama, is scheduled for July 20-21. The film is directed by Khashyar Darvich, and narrated by Harrison Ford.Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, a documentary of the late Woody Creek writer, will be screened July 27-28. The film is directed by Alex Gibney, who won the best documentary Academy Award for last years Taxi to the Dark Side. Mongol, a Mongolian-language historical drama of the emperor and warrior Genghis Khan, shows Aug. 3-4.The SummerFilms series closes Aug. 10-11 with The Edge of Heaven, a drama by Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin, director of 2004s acclaimed Head-On.For further information on SummerFilms, go to aspenfilm.org.
The Red Brick Council for the Arts is hosting its Annual Art Auction and Art Festival on Sunday, June 28. The event, featuring music, food, art-making demonstrations and a silent auction of artworks, begins at noon at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.Approximately 100 artists have donated pieces to the auction. Among those whose work will be sold are Lloyd Schermer, Gino Hollander, Tammie Lane, Michael Raaum, Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, Majid Kahhak, Nancy Lovendahl and Shelly Safir Marolt. Giving demonstrations will be Greg Tonozzi (marble sculpture), Georgeann Waggaman (watercolor), Dave Notor (pastel), Judy Cohan (jewelry) and Michael Bonds (clay).Music will be performed by the Smuggler Mountain Bluegrass Band. Food and drinks will be provided by Back Door Catering, Conundrum Catering, Of Grape & Grain and others.Proceeds from the auction will go to the Red Brick Council for the Arts. The nonprofit organization sponsors such programs as the ArtStart childrens gallery exhibit, scholarships for art education, gallery exhibitions and free community workshops.For further information, go to aspenart.org.
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