Aspen Filmfest has announced the winners of its two Audience Awards from the recent Aspen Filmfest 2005. The 27th annual festival was held Sept. 28-Oct. 2 with programs in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.Earning the award for Audience Favorite Feature was “Duma,” presented in the Fun For All segment. The film, about an African boy’s friendship with a cheetah, was based on the book “How It Was With Dooms” by Carol Hopcraft. Hopcraft participated in a question-and-answer session following the screening.”What Remains Of Us,” about Tibet and its occupation by China, earned the Audience Favorite Documentary Award. Kalsang Dolma, who secretly filmed the movie in Tibet, attended the screening and earned a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd.Other actors and filmmakers in attendance included former Aspenite Felicity Huffman, star of the drama “Transamerica”; Rob Reiner, recipient of Filmfest’s Independent by Nature Award, and actor Kathy Bates, who interviewed Reiner; Hank Rogerson, director of the documentary “Shakespeare Behind Bars”; and Aspen director/producer Bob Rafelson, who led the discussion, “Bob Rafelson: Confessions of a Filmmaker.”Some 7,600 people attended Filmfest 2005 events. In addition, more than 850 students participated in Filmfest’s Schools to the Theatre and Filmmakers to the Classroom programs.Aspen Filmfest’s next event, Academy Screenings, is set for Dec. 19-Jan. 1 at Harris Hall.
Aspen Community Theatre has announced the cast and crew for its production of “Pippin.” The musical, by Roger O. Hirson and with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, shows Nov. 3-6 and 10-13 at the Aspen District Theatre.Starring as Pippin, the son of Charlemagne, who searches for ultimate happiness in war and love, is Paul Dankers. Also featured in the play are Bob Moore as Charlemagne, Kincaid Daniel as Theo, Whitney Morse as Catherine, Maureen Jackson as Fastrada, Jane Robertson as Berte, and Doug Weiser as Lewis. Adam Bartley is the leader of the band of players.Directing “Pippin” is Wendy Moore, who last conducted for ACT with 2000’s “The Wizard of Oz.” Producers are Rita Hunter and Jody Hecht. David Dyer is music director and conductor, with John Goss as choreographer. Other members of the production crew include Tom Ward (sets), Loren Wilder (lighting), Gordon Wilder (sound), and Kathleen Albert (costumes).Evening performances (Nov. 3-5 and 10-12) are at 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees Nov. 6 and 13. Tickets for all performances are available at the Wheeler Opera House box office, or by calling 920-5770.
Producers of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival have announced that the 12th annual festival will be held in Aspen, March 8-12.The USCAF is accepting submissions for live performances and comedic films through Nov. 7. Full application information is available at http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com.No program information has been released for the 2006 USCAF. Tickets for the festival, produced by HBO, will be available beginning later this fall. The festival typically includes stand-up performances, reunion events, theater presentations, and the Film Discovery Showcase. Past performers and honorees at the USCAF include George Carlin, Billy Crystal, Robert Schimmel, Joe Rogan and Jim Carrey.For further information, go to http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com.
Veteran newsman Daniel Schorr will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, Oct. 21. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.In the second of a two-part series, Schorr, NPR’s senior news analyst, joins Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing his career, ranging from the McCarthy Senate hearings in the 1950s to the Clinton impeachment proceedings in the ’90s. Schorr also covered almost every major European event from the founding of NATO to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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