The Wheeler Film series will feature six films in June.The calendar opens Wednesday, June 1, with “Fear and Trembling,” a comedy about a young Belgian woman trying to fit into the culture of a Japanese corporation. “Ladies in Lavender,” about two spinster sisters (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith) whose lives in 1930s England is upended by the surprise appearance of a young man, shows Thursday and Friday, June 2-3.Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, brings the return of the Academy Award-nominated “Downfall,” a German film about the last days of Hitler’s Third Reich. “Mad Hot Ballroom,” a documentary of New York City fifth-graders learning ballroom dancing, is set for June 7-10.The documentary “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,” about an eccentric San Franciscan and his flock of wild parrots, will be screened June 11-12. The schedule concludes June 14 with “Mondovino,” a documentary journey through the world of winemaking.All Wheeler Films begin at 7:30 p.m.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has announced the performers for the 2005 Aspen Dance Festival, taking place between July 14 and Aug. 6. All presentations are at the Aspen District Theatre.Tickets for the festival go on sale Wednesday, June 1.The festival opens with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, July 14-16. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company will make its first of two festival appearances July 21-23, with a program of works by Twyla Tharp, Edwaard Liang, Lar Lubovitch and Moses Pendleton.Complexions Dance Company, a New York group directed by choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, performs July 28-30. The Trey McIntyre Project makes its Aspen debut Aug. 2. The festival closes with additional performances by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company, Aug. 5-6, featuring pieces by Nicolo Fonte, David Parsons and Trey McIntyre.Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre will give a children’s performance on July 24. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company will dance a children’s presentation on Aug. 6.Tickets are available by calling 925-6098. For further information, go to http://www.aspensantafeballet.com.
The Rocky Mountain Student Filmfest has announced the winners of its recent festival. The 2005 festival, organized by the students of Basalt High School, was held May 13-14 at Glenwood Springs High School.Grand Prize went to “State Dreams,” a documentary of the Basalt High School soccer team by Basalt student Matthew Hobbs.Other awards were Best Artistic: “Crazy as Sane,” by Trevor Elliott, Michael Padarocca and Tim Sullivan of Steamboat Springs High School.Best Animation: “13 Bad Things,” by Joey Stokes, Tyler Erwin, Eric Palmer and Bailey Sansom of Aspen High School.Best Documentary: “Mastication Sensation,” by Ari Wolters, Jordan Bacheldor, Nima Noori, Wade Vitany, Mario Loya and Matt Hobbs of Basalt High.Best Comedy: “Il Gioco,” by Olivia Britz, Ryan Romero, Jake Boyle and Brandon Howard of Roaring Fork High School.Best Drama: “Jeremy,” by Blake Worsley, Ryan Matte and Trevor Elliott of Steamboat Springs High.Also, the jury’s Rising Star Award went to “Thirty Four Fifty,” by Roaring Fork High’s Olivia Britz, Dan Markoya, Michael Emerson, Tommy Joiner, Taylor Maggert, Max Green and Sam Horowitz; and to “Strange Side of Abe Lincoln,” by Ben Fout and Stephen Piker.
English preservationist David Evans will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, June 3. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.In London, Evans joins Aspen Media Review host John C. Noonan in discussing how revenues from American-financed films, such as the forthcoming “Batman Begins” and the “Harry Potter” series, have enabled London’s venerable St. Pancras-Kings Cross Station Hotel to be transformed into the new high-speed gateway to Europe via the Chunnel Tunnel train.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.