The Wheeler Film Series will present three films in March.Opening the month’s schedule is writer-director Duncan Tucker’s “Transamerica,” showing Thursday through Saturday, March 2-4. The film stars Aspen product Felicity Huffman in an Oscar-nominated performance as Bree, a preoperative transsexual whose goal of becoming a woman is upended by the discovery of the son she fathered years ago.French director Michael Haneke’s “Caché,” a thriller about an upscale Parisian couple (Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche) being stalked for unknown reasons, is set for March 14-15. The film earned a best director award at the Cannes Film Festival.What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole, a follow-up to the metaphysical inquiry What the #$*! Do We Know!? will be screened March 28-29. The March schedule concludes March 30-31 with director Jonathan Demmes Neil Young: Heart of Gold, a music documentary of the singer-guitarist shot at Nashvilles Ryman Auditorium.All Wheeler films starts at 7:30 p.m.
The full program for the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival has been posted online. The 12th annual USCAF is set for March 8-12 in various Aspen venues.Among the recent additions to the program is “The Richard Pryor Show: An Inside Look,” with producers John Moffitt and Rocco Urbisci reflecting on the short-lived 1977 series, and a presentation of censored and definitive clips. The festival will also present a screening of “The Richard Pryor Pilot,” the program pilot that featured guest appearances by John Belushi and Maya Angelou.Also added are: “Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl,” starring Robert Wuhl (“Arli$$”) as a teacher putting a pop-culture spin on history; “The Miss Education of Jenna Bush,” starring Melissa Rauch as first daughter Jenna Bush, preparing for her first day as a fourth-grade teacher while nursing a hangover; and “My Buddy Bill,” in which “The West Wing” writer Rick Cleveland reflects on a brief friendship with Bill Clinton.Also set to appear are Louis C.K. and Jim Norton, stars of C.K.’s upcoming HBO sitcom “Lucky Louie”; “The Simpsons” co-executive producer Dana Gould; the five-man sketch comedy troupe, The Whitest Kids U Know; and Creation Nation, the two-man team of Billy Eichner and Robin Taylor that mixes sketch, stand-up, songs, short films and celebrity interviews. Damon Wayans will host Round Midnite, the USCAF’s annual late-night free-for-all.Featured in the Film Discovery Program are “Conversations with Other Women,” starring Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart in director Hans Conosa’s dual-screen romantic comedy; the Romanian tragicomedy “The Death of Mister Lazarescu,” about a retired engineer on a one-night, booze-soaked odyssey; and “Fired!” Annabelle Gurwitch’s examination of downsizing and pink slips.Previously announced events include the presentation of the AFI Star Award to Goldie Hawn; a celebration of the TV series “The Larry Sanders Show”; a special presentation of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and a screening of the Robert Altman film “A Prairie Home Companion”; and a reunion of the cast of the 1996 film, “Swingers.”For a full festival program and ticket information, go to http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com, or call 1-866-350-3369.
Journalist Con Coughlin will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review Friday, March 3. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 6:30 p.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Speaking from London, Coughlin, the defense/security editor for The Daily Telegraph, will join Aspen Media Review co-host John C. Noonan in discussing his new book, “American Ally: Tony Blair and the War on Terror.” Coughlin, who is also a political commentator for NBC News, is the author of the best-seller, “Saddam: His Rise and Fall.”KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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