Aspen Filmfest has announced the award winners of its recent festival. Aspen Filmfest 2006 was held Sept. 26-Oct. 1 with 21 films – including American features, documentaries, foreign movies and the surprise film – being screened in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. In addition, Harrison Ford was presented with the Independent By Nature Award at a ceremony at the Wheeler Opera House.The Audience Favorite Award went to “Live and Become,” director Radu Mihaileanu’s epic of an Ethiopian boy who flees Africa during the 1980s famine and is raised as a Jew in Israel. The Audience Favorite Documentary was given to “Shut Up and Sing,” a documentary directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck about the country group the Dixie Chicks and the fallout from their critical statements about President Bush. “Shut Up and Sing” had its U.S. premiere in Aspen.”After the Wedding,” a drama of family issues by Danish director Susanne Biers, earned the Audience Favorite Award in Carbondale, while “Live and Become” took the award from the Glenwood Springs audience.Attendance for the 28th annual Filmfest topped 7,700, with some 500 students and educators also participating in educational programs.Filmfest’s Academy Screenings, featuring one-night screenings of movies considered to have Oscar potential, is set for Dec. 18-Jan. 1 at Harris Hall. Aspen Shortsfest, the internationally recognized festival of short films, will have its 15th edition April 3-8.For further information on Aspen Filmfest, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.
Town Center Booksellers and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation are hosting a Poetry Jam on Nov. 2. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at Town Center Booksellers, in downtown Basalt.All poets interested in participating are invited to submit entries; submissions are due Monday, Oct. 16. For further information, call 927-BOOK (2665) or stop by Town Center Booksellers.
The Red Brick Center for the Arts will offer a class in figure drawing beginning Nov. 2.The class will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and will be led by Aspen artist Liz Frazier. The class is $20 per session.To register or for further information, call 429-2777.
Glenwood Springs artist Annette Robert-Gray is included in a group show at the Denver International Airport.Roberts-Gray’s “In Memory: Memorial Vases” is part of the Best of Colorado Artists exhibition, showing at DIA through January. The installation, on view in the main terminal on Level 6, comprises nearly 400 hand-thrown and altered vases, each honoring a U.S. soldier killed in the Iraq war. Each translucent, porcelain piece is embossed with the soldier’s name, age, date of death and the insignia of the armed forces branch in which he served.Following the final installation of the exhibit, each vase will be sent, on request, to the family of the soldier it honors.”In Memory: Memorial Vases” was first shown in Carbondale, in March, and was also shown, in detail, at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village.For further information on the Memorial Vases project, contact Roberts-Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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