September 5, 2008
Aspen Film has finalized the program for Aspen Filmfest 2008. The 30th annual festival is set for Sept. 24-28, with events in Aspen and Carbondale.Among the English-language features to be screened are the Opening Night film, Flash of Genius, starring Greg Kinnear as an inventor taking on the Detroit automobile industry; and Ballast, a drama of a broken family in the Mississippi Delta.Documentaries in Filmfests True Life segment include Religulous, comedian Bill Mahers take on contemporary religion; Life. Support. Music. about the recovery of a New York musician after suffering an onstage brain hemorrhage; Stranded, about the Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes in 1972; and the U.S. premiere of director Angus Yates Crimes Against Nature, based on Robert Kennedy Jr.s book detailing the Bush administrations dismantling of the Environmental Protection Agency.Another documentary, The Brothers Warner, a documentary about the four siblings who founded Warner Bros., will be followed by a dinner honoring Aspen philanthropist Lita Warner Heller. Benefits from the event will be used to establish Aspen Films new Emerging Filmmkaker Fund.Foreign films in the World Cinema segment include the French film Ive Loved You So Long, starring Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman rediscovering herself and her family after being released from prison; two award-winning Israeli films, Lemon Tree and Waltz with Bashir, which examine the countrys political issues; and Teddy Bear, a comedy drama by Czech director Jan Hrebejk, whose Beauty in Trouble showed at last years festival.Peter Pan will show as a family presentation, celebrating the 55th anniversary of the 1953 animated classic. The festival will close with the Surprise Film.Guests expected to attend are Cass Warner, director of The Brothers Warner and a granddaughter of Harry Warner; Jason Crigler, the subject of Life. Support. Music.; and Mark Becker, co-director of the documentary Pressure Cooker, about a culinary program in a rundown Philadelphia school.Tickets go on sale Sept. 15. For full program details, go to aspenfilm.org.
The 15th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 12-14. The festival includes music on the main stage in Telluride Town Park, a Grand Tasting featuring more than 150 beers from 56 microbreweries, and late-night concerts in Telluride venues including the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon and the Sheridan Opera House.Headliners for the festival are blues singer Etta James, hard rock quartet Govt Mule, and singer-songwriters John Hiatt. Additional main-stage acts include Joan Osborne, Susan Tedeschi, G. Love & Special Sauce, the John Butler Trio, the Derek Trucks Band, the Blind Boys of Alabama and others.Among those performing late-night shows will be Dwayne Dopsie & Zydeco Hellraisers, the Rev. Peytons Big Damn Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Back Door Slam and others. G. Love & Special Sauce will replace the John Butler Trio in the Sept. 13 late-night performance at the Telluride Conference Center.Single-day tickets, as well as three-day festival passes, are now on sale. For tickets and further information, go to tellurideblues.com, or call 1-866-515-6166.