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Aspen Times Weekly: Ones to watch at Aspen Shortsfest

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THOMAS BERGMANN; Thomas Bergmann |

This year’s Aspen Shortsfest will showcase 70-plus films from 30 countries over six days, spanning animation, documentary, drama and comedy, along with special events including the interactive film experience {The And} Game and a talk by Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman.

A few highlights from each day of the 24th annual festival:

TUESDAY, APRIL 7

“The Bigger Picture,” 5:30 program

Two squabbling brothers attempt to care for their elderly mother in this Oscar-nominated animated short. (Also screening Saturday, April 11 in the 7:30 p.m. program at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

“Saturday,” 5:30 p.m. program

A riveting 10-minute drama about family and British football fandom.

“Stop,” 5:30 p.m. program

New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy is dramatized in this unflinching drama. (Also screening Saturday, April 11 in the 7:30 p.m. program at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.)

“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos,” 5:30 p.m. program

An animated film about friendship between astronauts from Shortsfest alum Konstanin Bronzit of Russia.

“Bhavini – I Just Wanna Dance!” 8:30 p.m. program

The uplifting true story of a young Indian girl trying to dance her way out of the slums. (Also screening Saturday, April 11 in the 5:30 p.m. program at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale and Sunday, April 12 during the 2 p.m. Family Fun program at the Wheeler.)

“Sweep” 8:30 p.m. program

Three men meet in a recycling center and form a surprising bond.

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

“Me and My Moulton,” 5:30 p.m. program

An Oscar-nominated animated short about a young girl and her unconventional parents. (Also screening Sunday, April 12 in the 7:30 p.m. program at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale and Sunday, April 12 during the 2 p.m. Family Fun program at the Wheeler.)

“Nefertiti’s Daughters,” 5:30 p.m. program

An insightful 40-minute look at women who have found activist voices through street art in Egypt during and since the Arab Spring, making its world premiere at Shortsfest. (Also screening Saturday, April 11 in the 7:30 p.m. program at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale).

“The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal,” 8:30 p.m. program

A tale of forbidden love, produced by Aspen’s Dennis Scholl.

“{The And} Marcela & Rock,” 8:30 p.m. program

A long-married couple ask one another revealing questions in the style of {The And} Game. (You can play the game yourself on Tuesday, April 7 at the Wheeler.)

FRIDAY, APRIL 10

“Shok,” 5:30 p.m. program

A 20-minute drama set during the Kosovo conflict, about the friendship of two young boys in a politically divided village, based on the experience of a cast member.

“German Shepherd,” 8:30 p.m. program

The son of a Holocaust survivor contemplates his past, human nature and history in this wry 10-minute drama.

“A Single Life,” 8:30 p.m. program

An Oscar-nominated animated short about time travel through the power of a vinyl record.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

Playlist: Jason Reitman in Conversation, 3:30 p.m.

The Shortsfest alum and Oscar-nominated director of “Juno” and “Up in the Air” discusses his favorite movies and how they shaped his work.

“Andrew With Great Fanfare,” 5:45 p.m. program

A 14-year-old New Orleans musician dreams of becoming a drum major in a Mardi Gras parade in this 15-minute documentary.

“Pamela Joseph’s Sideshow of the Absurd,” 8:45 p.m. program

A portrait of Aspen artist Pamela Joseph through her fantastical artwork about circus acts and freak shows.

“Stryka,” 8:45 p.m. program

A reptile woman hashes out her issues with a robot psychiatrist in this science fiction comedy. (Also screening Sunday, April 12 in the 7:30 p.m. program at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.)

Full Aspen Shortsfest lineup at http://www.aspenfilm.org. Tickets on-sale at the Wheeler box office and http://www.aspenshowtix.com.


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