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Shortsfest 2014 Awards

ASPEN SHORTSFEST 2014
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

AWARD-WINNERS


Aspen Shortsfest 2014 was held April 8-13, at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. More than 3,000 submissions from around the world were considered and 70 short films, representing over thirty countries and exploring more, were ultimately selected for this year's International Competition. From recognizable to emerging talent, the 2014 edition showcased a vibrant array of comedy, drama, animation and documentary film. Over 40 filmmakers from around the world plus other special guests attended.
You may also download the Shortsfest 2014 Awards List and Press Release in PDF format here.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY AWARDS

The 2014 International Competition jury:
Denver Post film and theater critic Lisa Kennedy and screenwriters Peter Blake, Craig Borten and David Pollock. Their awards recognize creative excellence and honor films they found to be the most accomplished in storytelling and distinctive in cinematic voice.
* = Academy Award® qualifying category

BEST ANIMATION* $2,500
ME + HER
(Joseph Oxford, USA)
A tale of grief that is nearly as tender as it is inventive. It's about the life and love of cardboard boxes but there's nothing recycled in this puppetry gem.

BEST COMEDY* $2,500
THE KÁRMÁN LINE
(Oscar Sharp, UK)
What begins as a raucous and absurdist story of a woman who starts levitating turns into a moving meditation on loss and transcendence.

BEST DOCUMENTARY* $2,500
OUR CURSE
(Tomasz Sliwinski, Poland)
Director Tomasz Sliwinski shares an intimate, at times brutal, always compassionate, sense of what it's like to be the young parents of a critically ill infant.

BEST DRAMA* $2,500
A TROPICAL SUNDAY
(Fabian Ribezzo, Mozambique)
An engaging portrait of four begging and scavenging street kids at a Mozambique amusement park.

BEST STUDENT FILM $2,000
Sponsored by KQED
SPROUT
(Ga-eun Yoon, South Korea)
Lost on an errand in a South Korean city, 7-year-old Bory takes us on an adventure in humanity, touching us in a most endearing way.

BEST SHORT SHORT* $1,000
THE GALLANT CAPTAIN
(Katrina Mathers + Graeme Base, Australia)
In just a few minutes of technically brilliant animation, this tells a funny and moving story about friendship and acceptance.

SPECIAL JURY RECOGNITION

THE APOTHECARY (Helen Hood Scheer, USA)

THE BRUNCHERS (Matt Winn, UK)

LAMBING SEASON (Jeannie Donohoe, USA)

THE LION'S MOUTH OPENS (Lucy Walker, USA)

MR. INVISIBLE (Greg Ash, UK)

☆☆☆

AWARDS DETERMINED BY OTHER JURIES

AUDIENCE AWARD $500

PONY PLACE
(Joost Reijmers, The Netherlands)

AUDIENCE SPECIAL RECOGNITION

THE APOTHECARY
(Helen Hood Scheer, USA)

MR. INVISIBLE
(Greg Ash, UK)

THE PHONE CALL
(Mat Kirkby, UK)

UGGS FOR GAZA
(Brooke Berman, USA)

☆☆☆

THE ELLEN $2,500

THE KÁRMÁN LINE
(Oscar Sharp, UK)
There are many insightful life metaphors in this year's winner. On some levels the film can be seen as a comedy – because it is indeed witty and full of the unexpected - but it is ultimately profound and tender. It touches our emotions, all of them, from anger to sadness to love, and it leaves us deeply moved.

☆☆☆

YOUTH JURY PRIZE $500

THE PHONE CALL
(Mat Kirkby, UK)
The film we have chosen concerns a subject that has touched many people in our valley, as well as the world. This short changed our perspective on the subject of suicide. It offered an insight into the mental state of someone taking his or her own life. We would recommend that this film be shown at high schools in our valley. Teens are one of the groups most affected by this terrible issue. We would like to thank the filmmakers for broaching an extremely difficult topic with such grace.

☆☆☆

ABOUT THE OTHER JURIES

THE ELLEN AWARD Established to honor Aspen Film Founder, Ellen Hunt, this 17th annual award recognizes originality in film.

YOUTH JURY PRIZE For the 16th year, local high school students honor a film that opens a window on their understanding of the world in important, unexpected ways.

 
Shortsfest 2014 Titles Index and Print Sources

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Shortsfest 2014 Sponsors

Aspen Shortsfest 2014 Sponsors

 

PRIMARY GRANTORS

National Endowment for the Arts

The City of Aspen

PRESENTING SPONSOR

Aspen Times

OTHER FILM EDUCATES! GRANTORS *

Thrift Shop

Les Dames d'Aspen

Town of Basalt

SIGNATURE SPONSORS

Aspen Public Radio

KQED

SUPPORTING SPONSOR

CO Office of FTM

VENUE SUPPORT

Wheeler

Crystal Theatre

Mt. Chalet

Limelight

Red Onion

PROGRAM PARTNER

Writers Guild

DESIGN + MARKETING

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LODGING PARTNERS

Aspen Alps

 

Aspen Mountain Lodge

 

Chateau Blanc

 

Aspen Square

Hotel Aspen

Frias Properties

The Gant Hotel Jerome Hotel Lenado

Limelight

Molly Gibson

Mt. House Lodge

North of Nell

Sky Hotel

FESTIVAL CONTRIBUTORS

Aspen Club & Spa | Aspen Ski Company | Colorado Mountain Express

European Caterers | McKenney’s at The Inn | KDNK | KSPN |

Paradise Bakery | Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory | Rustique Bistro

Social Light Events | Aspen Sojourner | Two Leaves Tea Company

Town of Carbondale | The Upper Crust

* support for shortsfest's school programs

 
Shortsfest 2014 Tickets

TICKETS

Tickets for general public on sale starting March 21


General Admission $15 ♦

Aspen Film REEL People Members $12 ♦

Students $10 ♥

School Groups ♥

Screenwriting Panel $10 ($8 Aspen Film REEL People )

Family Fun Program $7

♦ Interested in advance ticket privileges, special pricing, passes and more? Contact (970) 372-2883 or visit aspenfilm.org and click JOIN to discover the year-round benefits of Aspen Film membership.

♥ Age 18 and younger. Present valid school ID or driver's license/ permit at the Wheeler Box Office to receive discount. In person only. No phone or web orders. For school groups and other education information, call (970) 925-6882 ext. 305 or email education@ aspenfilm.org.

BUY YOUR TICKETS

We strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance.
Tickets on sale at the door, if available.

ADVANCE SALES
ALL SHOWS

Wheeler Opera House Box Office

320 E. Hyman Ave. Aspen
Daily 11am - 7pm
(970) 920-5770
(866) 449-0464
aspenshowtix.com
Cash, check, or charge
Service fee applies
for phone + web orders

ADVANCE SALES
CARBONDALE SHOWS

The Blend Coffee Company
Mountain View Plaza, 1150 Hwy 133, Carbondale
M - F
6:30am - 5pm
Sat - Sun
7am - 5pm
Cash + check only

GENERAL INFORMATION

Doors open 30 minutes before show time.
Aspen Film REEL People members, including
pass holders, receive priority access.

Arrive early. In the event of a sell-out, unclaimed seats are released 15 minutes before show time.

The wait list for sold-out shows begins outside the theater 45 minutes before show time.

Programs subject to change without notice.

Sorry, no ticket refunds or exchanges.

If you have special needs covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please notify the Wheeler Opera House or the Crystal Theatre by March 31.

SHORTSFEST CAFÉ

Wheeler Opera House

Mingle with other film enthusiasts and meet the filmmakers. Join us for a drink or bite before or between shows. European Catererers & McKenney’s at The Inn will have an assortment of tasty fare available for purchase between evening screenings. Drinks and light snacks also on sale before every show at the Wheeler's bar concession.

A PRESENTATION OF ASPEN FILM

110 E. Hallam St., Suite 102, Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-6882
aspenfilm.org

 
Shortsfest 2014 Travel

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Welcome to Aspen Shortsfest 2014

Welcome to Shortsfest 2014

 



WELCOME TO ASPEN SHORTSFEST 2014

Of all the events Aspen Film presents throughout the year, Shortsfest may be our favorite. Why? The adventure of discovery. Pure and simple. When was the last time you went a movie without knowing a thing about it? Shorts are the joy of moviemaking that comes in small packages. They are where imagination and risk-taking are in the driver's seat and a film's entire budget can fit on a credit card, still leaving room for a latte.

Bursts of tremendous creativity running 3 to 27 minutes, our 2014 selections explore a truly global array of characters, situations and subjects. Imaginative animation, heartfelt drama, laugh-out-loud comedy, thought-provoking documentary. In addition to screenings in Aspen and Carbondale, Shortsfest features free panels, an afternoon with award-winning screenwriters, our family-friendly matinee and free school education programs.

Celebrating tremendous talent, the International Competition showcases a mind-boggling array of stories and styles - and a whirlwind tour of the globe. We travel to all seven continents - yes, even Antarctica - to experience more than 30 countries. Plus outer space and that vast and fertile planet - the imagination. To enrich your experience, dozens of international filmmakers are coming to share their creativity and culture in theaters and classrooms.

Shortsfest takes a village - enthusiastic audiences, engaged teachers and students, talented filmmakers, and generous funders. We thank our major supporters: Aspen Film's REEL People members, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Aspen, The Aspen Times, Aspen Public Radio, KQED, the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, The Thrift Shop of Aspen, Les Dames d'Aspen, and the Towns of Basalt and Carbondale. We are blessed to have a tremendously supportive local business community and thank our amazing lodging partners, venue supporters, festive contributors and others for everything they do to bring this festival to the screen.

It's been a banner year for some of our Shortsfest alumni. Several saw their new films play theaters including the makers of Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska, Labor Day, Enough Said, Stories We Tell, and summer indie hit, The Spectacular Now. Laura Thielen + George EldredTwo others wowed critics and audiences with their short-turned-feature debuts, Short Term 12 and recent Sundance hit, Whiplash. Finally, three Shortsfest premieres, The Voorman Problem, Room on the Broom, and Do I Have to Do Everything? were recent Academy Award® nominees.

This Oscar®-qualifying festival is one of a kind - an Aspen original. On behalf of the Shortsfest team and everyone at Aspen Film, we invite you to join us. Here's your chance to experience vibrant new voices and spot tomorrow's star talent today.

Laura Thielen, George Eldred
Aspen Film Co-Directors


Dedication

 



DEDICATION

Remembering Stewart Oksenhorn

Stewart OksenhornOn a brilliant blue day in February, Stewart left us. Family and friends lost a warm, thoughtful, loving man, a spirited cultural guide whose intelligent enthusiasms enriched the pages of The Aspen Times, Sojourner Magazine and other publications for over 20 years. Stewart LOVED movies. He loved seeing them, discussing them, writing about them. Most of all, he loved talking to the people who made them. He was a tireless and generous champion of this festival, always interested in discovering emerging voices. For countless Shortsfest filmmakers, an interview with Stewart was their first press experience. What incredible good fortune! To speak with a writer who truly listened because he genuinely cared. Through his features and interviews, Stewart connected young talents few had (yet) heard of with audiences who wouldn't have found them otherwise. Slight of build but huge in heart, Stewart went for expansive, all-embracing words to describe experiences he relished: "Phenomenal." "Ah-mazing." He was these and so much more.

In preparing this festival, it's been difficult to imagine Shortsfest without him. So we're not. Instead, we dedicate this 23rd edition-and this year's Audience Award - to our beloved Stewart, remembering the joyous cascade of passion that flowed from his being and pen. In his remarkable appetite for the creative, Stewart lived art's exemplary principals: the willingness to reach deep inside, to explore the mystery, and to always push the boundaries of wonder. Join us in celebrating the wonder of Stewart by tapping into your own open-minded curiosity and discovering what's waiting to be found beyond that limitless horizon. We believe Stewart would have loved that.


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Shortsfest 2014 Film Guide

For film descriptions:
Click on day or program in At-A-Glance calendar below.


For more information about Aspen Shortsfest 2014 please see:

Welcome to Shortsfest 2014 - Festival Highlights

Festival Dedication - Remembering Stewart Oksenhorn

Program Guide - Schedule and film descriptions

Tickets - Information on purchasing tickets and theatre locations

ASPEN ~
All Aspen shows will be at the Wheeler Opera House (320 East Hyman Ave.) unless noted otherwise.
For Noontime Special Events locations, please see descriptions in daily listings.

TUESDAY
APRIL 8

WEDNESDAY
APRIL 9

THURSDAY
APRIL 10

FRIDAY
APRIL 11

SATURDAY
APRIL 12

SUNDAY
APRIL 13

Click on Program
for film
descriptions

NOON
FREE
FILMMAKER
TALK BACK

NOON
FREE
FILMMAKER
TALK BACK

NOON
FREE
FILMMAKER
TALK BACK

NOON
FREE
CROWD-SOURCED
FILMMAKING

See below for
Carbondale
Sunday programs



3:30pm
Special Presentation
WRITING
for the SCREEN

2:00pm
FAMILY FUN
(Age 7
& up)

5:30pm
PROGRAM
TWO


5:30pm
PROGRAM
FOUR


5:30pm
PROGRAM
SIX


5:45pm
PROGRAM
EIGHT


7:00pm
PROGRAM
ONE


8:30pm
PROGRAM
THREE


8:30pm
PROGRAM
FIVE


8:30pm
PROGRAM
SEVEN


8:45pm
PROGRAM
NINE


CARBONDALE ~ Crystal Theatre, 427 Main St.

SATURDAY
APRIL 12

SUNDAY
APRIL 13

5:00pm
FAMILY FUN
(Age 7
& up)

5:00pm
PROGRAM B


7:30pm
PROGRAM A

7:30pm
PROGRAM C

We welcome younger audiences and encourage you to refer to the program descriptions for age appropriate shows.

 
Shortsfest 2014 Sunday APRIL 13

Sunday April 13

 

2:00pm
FAMILY FUN
Wheeler Opera House
(60 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
For age 7 and up
Special thanks to Thrift Shop of Aspen, Les Dames d'Aspen + Town of Basalt

 

5 Meters 80

5 Meters 80
This delightful fantasy pairs animal life with an aquatic sport to beguiling effect. (Nicolas Deveaux, France, 5 min. A)

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 Flor de Toloache

Flor de Toloache
Traditional Mexican culture is put through the blender of New York City. What emerges is a Mariachi sound that transcends gender stereotypes to reveal a new variation on a traditional art form. (Jenny Schweitzer, USA, 4 min. D)

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 The Gallant Captain

The Gallant Captain
A boy and his cat journey into unknown waters with a bottle, a boat and a vivid imagination. (Katrina Mathers + Graeme Base, Australia, 8 min. A)

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 Globe Trot

Globe Trot
A renowned choreographer holds the whole world in her hands when the powers of movement and technology meet. Crowd-sourcing with a beat. (Mitchell Rose, USA/The Globe, 5 min. D)

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 Mia

Mia
A seven-year-old tries to liberate her overworked mother from the clutches of an overcrowded metropolis. In her quest, she unlocks her world's hidden secrets. (Wouter Bongaerts, Belgium/Netherlands, 9 min. A)

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Mr. Hublot

Mr. Hublot
Mr. Hublot finds his reclusive life turned upside down when he overcomes personal obstacles to do a good deed. A lovely story about a timid man and an incredibly invasive four-footed companion. Oscar® winner. (Laurent Witz, France/Luxembourg, 12 min. A)

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 Rare Bird

Rare Bird
Augustin leads a solitary life. He dreams of wild changes. Then one day the extraordinary flutters into his work-a-day existence. Can it last? (Leslie Pandelakis France, 4 min. A)

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 The Smortlybacks

The Smortlybacks
On a mesa, a mahout and his herd of strange creatures make a surprising and never-ending journey. (Ted Sieger & Wouter Dierickx, Switzerland/China, 5 mins. A)

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 Snowflake

Snowflake
When a little African boy receives a letter containing a copy of a natural wonder, he longs to experience the real thing. (Natalia Chernysheva, Russia, 6 min. A)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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SUNDAY in CARBONDALE

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5:00pm
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
PROGRAM B

Crystal Theatre
(100 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
Special thanks to Town of Carbondale

 

97%

97%
When an algorithm alerts Bert that love is near, he sets off on an amusing subterranean goose chase that would only be possible in our digital age. (Ben Brand, Netherlands, 8 min. F)

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 Future Hero

Future Hero
A father-son bonding film just like any other, except for that time-traveling killer android. (Ramin Serry, USA, 6 min. F)

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Hollow Land

Hollow Land
Two seasoned seekers arrive in a sun-washed land, searching for respite from their ceaseless travels. A meditation on what it feels like to be displaced - whether by circumstances or choice. (Michelle + Uri Kranot, Canada/Denmark/France, 14 min. A)

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Lambing Season

Lambing Season
Ireland's windy west coast serves as a backdrop for this story about the way loved ones hide from one another, and the way that the secrets of family - and nature - reveal themselves. (Jeannie Donohoe, USA, 15 min. F)

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Native Silence

Native Silence
In the mid-1900's, as many as one third of Native American children were relocated into non-Indian foster homes. Here, we meet two of them, who share their struggles to find a place in the world. A solemn account of the impact of misguided government policy. (Jane Wells, USA, 25 min. D)

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No One Is Listening Anymore!

No One Is Listening Anymore!
She blames technology. He blames the plumber. And therapy has never been so revealing...A funny new short from the star of Chocolate Cake (SF11). (Romi Trower, Australia, 7 min. F)

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 A Tropical Sunday

A Tropical Sunday
It's Sunday and the fairground is coming to life as crowds of eager children line up for rides. Among them are four street kids, who have spent the week begging and scavenging. Today all they want is to feel like children again. (Fabian Ribezzo, Mozambique, 15 min. F)

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Yearbook

Yearbook
With the planet on the edge of destruction, a man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence. A bemusing consideration of what's really important. (Bernardo Britto, USA, 5 min. A)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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SUNDAY in CARBONDALE

7:30pm
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
PROGRAM C

Crystal Theatre
(100 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
Special thanks to Town of Carbondale

 

Good Morning

Good Morning
30 isn't old, but it sure feels that way when you wake up hung over in your apartment on the morning after that milestone birthday and find a surprising someone there with you. A comedic look at sexual identity and age anxiety (Stephen Dunn + Peter Knegt, Canada, 10 min. F)

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Journey

Journey
In harsh and unlikely conditions, a performance artist works to become an island unto himself. (Ali Parandian, Norway, 5 min. D)

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The Long Drum

The Long Drum
A sacred drumming tradition has been in Thanh's family for generations. When his only son dies, Thanh searches high and low for someone in his village to perform the burial chant. Shot on location in Vietnam. (Eve Symington, Singapore, 12 min. F)

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Marina's Ocean

Marina's Ocean
A 15-year old girl yearns to see the ocean, but her disability interferes. Unable to travel to the beach with her fellow students, Marina strikes out on an adventure of her own. (Cássio Periera dos Santos, Brazil, 17 min. F)

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My Little Friends

My Little Friends
An innovative program in upstate New York connects elderly people diagnosed with dementia to young children, who remind us that even when we lose our memories, our basic humanity remains. (Megan Mylan, USA, 10 min. D)

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Pony Place

Pony Place
When young Emma is prohibited from taking her iPad on holiday, she asks her grandma to look after her digital horse farm. Koba is a seasoned agrarian, but nothing she learned in the garden prepares her for this. A hilarious leap across the generation gap, from the director of A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences (SF12). (Joost Reijmers, Netherlands, 10 min. F)

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Selma

Selma
Following the death of her taxi driver husband, Selma is determined to secure a better life for herself and her daughter, no matter what her family and community think. (Mohamed Ben Attia, Tunisia, 20 min. F)

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Wind

Wind
A droll comment on weather of the blowing kind and our uncanny ability to adapt. (Robert Löbel, Germany, 4 min. A)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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Shortsfest 2014 Saturday APRIL 12

Saturday April 12

 

NOON
FREE
FILMMAKER FORUM
Crowd-Sourced Filmmaking
and Collaborating from Afar

Wheeler Opera House
NOTE: location changed from Limelight Hotel

(60 min.)

Globe Trot is a crowd-sourced short in which 50 filmmakers in 23 countries shot a dance by renowned choreographer Bebe Miller. The footage was then edited together into a seamless whole. Director Mitchell Rose will give a presentation demonstrating the meticulous logistics involved in coordinating filmmakers around the world.

 



3:30pm
SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Writing for the Screen:
How to Create Characters and Keep Your Friends

Wheeler Opera House
(90 min.)
Special thanks to Nancy Wall + Charles Wall

What's the creative core of every film and TV story? The script. Once again, in partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation, we're delighted to present an entertaining discussion with a talented group of awardwinning writers whose collective experiences cover television and film, comedy and drama. How are story and series ideas created? How do writers find their characters and motivations? What are the unique aspects and challenges of writing for film or television? Join us for a spirited and illuminating conversation with an engaging set of screenwriters. Participants confirmed at press time: Peter Blake (Elementary, House M.D.), Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club), and David Pollock (M*A*S*H). Check aspenfilm.org for updates.


5:45pm
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
PROGRAM EIGHT

Wheeler Opera House
(100 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
Special thanks to the NEA + City of Aspen

 

The Apothecary

The Apothecary
The beloved druggist in a rural Colorado outpost operates the only pharmacy within 4,000 square miles and navigates a profound divide between his public persona and personal life. (Helen Hood Scheer, USA, 18 min. D)

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The Bravest, the Boldest

The Bravest, the Boldest
Human empathy confronts protocol when two army notification officers enter a Harlem housing project to deliver some news. A powerful tale about telling - and hearing - the truth. (Moon Molson, USA, 16 min. F)

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Humpty

Humpty
Learning his girlfriend is pregnant, Dean is surprised, delighted and a bit unsure. To prove himself responsible, the father-to-be seeks confirmation from an unlikely source: a home economics project. (Clare Sackler, USA, 15 min. F)

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Rare Bird

Rare Bird
Augustin leads a solitary life. He dreams of wild changes. Then one day the extraordinary flutters into his work-a-day existence. Can it last? (Leslie Pandelakis France, 4 min. A)

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Small Yellow Field

Small Yellow Field
Traversing the vastness of the Himalayas, a young nomad finds his curiosity beckons him beyond the horizon. (Rodd Rathjen, Australia/India, 8 min. F)

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Teinen

Teinen
Freshly retired, Mr. Yamada is eager to leave behind office routines and begin his new life of leisure. But when he finds Mrs. Yamada busy with her own routines, he must find a way for them to remember the couple they once were. (Emilie Silvestri, Japan/USA, 13 min. F)

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We Keep on Dancing

We Keep on Dancing
The Rainbow Mechanics workshop provides an unlikely setting for this quirky, heartfelt moment of human connection between Danny the head mechanic and Alan the lonesome gent with the rundown Beetle. (Jessica Lawton, Australia, 8 min. F)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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8:30pm
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
PROGRAM NINE

Wheeler Opera House
(100 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
Special thanks to KQED

 

Hunting for Hockney

Hunting for Hockney
Two bereaved friends set off in search of a famed painter, and his spirit imbues their journey with new perspective. (Alice Dunseath, UK, 3 min. A)

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The Kármán Line

The Kármán Line
When a mother, played by Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz, Iron Lady), contracts a rare condition, her husband and daughter must console themselves with the thought that she's bound for a (much) higher place. From the director of Sign Language (SF11). (Oscar Sharp, UK, 24 min. F)

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Overpass Light Brigade

Overpass Light Brigade
Performance art meets activism in this celebration of peaceful - and playful - political protest. (Dusan Harminc + Matt Mullins, USA, 6 min. D)

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Rhino Full Throttle

Rhino Full Throttle
Bruno is searching for the soul of his city, but when he happens upon a kindred spirit, his whimsical quest takes an imaginatively romantic turn. (Erik Schmitt, Germany, 15 min. F)

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The Secret World of Foley

The Secret World of Foley
A film depicting a single morning in an English fishing village comes to life when two sound effects specialists score it using their vast trove of props, along with uncanny judgment and timing. A wondrous exposé of a little-known art form, from the director of Drone (SF12). (Daniel Jewel, UK, 14 min. D)

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Stumped

Stumped
This inspiring documentary relates the trials and triumphs of a courageous multiple amputee as he adapts to a world he never could have imagined, including his first stand-up comedy performance. (Robin Berghaus, USA, 10 min. D)

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This Is It

This Is It
Two college students. First apartment. Things get real. Hilariously fast. (Alexander Engel, USA, 3 min. F)

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Tides

Tides
At the beach, Camelia plans to celebrate her son Angel's birthday. Provoked by the disappearance of his father, the boy runs off and Camelia begins a search that will lead her to an uncomfortable family truth. (Ádám Breier, Cuba, 15 min. F)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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SATURDAY in CARBONDALE

5:00pm
FAMILY FUN
Crystal Theatre
(60 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
For age 7 and up
Special thanks to Thrift Shop of Aspen, Les Dames d'Aspen + Town of Basalt

 

5 Meters 80

5 Meters 80
This delightful fantasy pairs animal life with an aquatic sport to beguiling effect. (Nicolas Deveaux, France, 5 min. A)

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 Flor de Toloache

Flor de Toloache
Traditional Mexican culture is put through the blender of New York City. What emerges is a Mariachi sound that transcends gender stereotypes to reveal a new variation on a traditional art form. (Jenny Schweitzer, USA, 4 min. D)

.......................................................................................................................................................

 The Gallant Captain

The Gallant Captain
A boy and his cat journey into unknown waters with a bottle, a boat and a vivid imagination. (Katrina Mathers + Graeme Base, Australia, 8 min. A)

.......................................................................................................................................................

 Globe Trot

Globe Trot
A renowned choreographer holds the whole world in her hands when the powers of movement and technology meet. Crowd-sourcing with a beat. (Mitchell Rose, USA/The Globe, 5 min. D)

.......................................................................................................................................................

 Mia

Mia
A seven-year-old tries to liberate her overworked mother from the clutches of an overcrowded metropolis. In her quest, she unlocks her world's hidden secrets. (Wouter Bongaerts, Belgium/Netherlands, 9 min. A)

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Mr. Hublot

Mr. Hublot
Mr. Hublot finds his reclusive life turned upside down when he overcomes personal obstacles to do a good deed. A lovely story about a timid man and an incredibly invasive four-footed companion. Oscar® winner. (Laurent Witz, France/Luxembourg, 12 min. A)

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 Rare Bird

Rare Bird
Augustin leads a solitary life. He dreams of wild changes. Then one day the extraordinary flutters into his work-a-day existence. Can it last? (Leslie Pandelakis France, 4 min. A)

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 The Smortlybacks

The Smortlybacks
On a mesa, a mahout and his herd of strange creatures make a surprising and never-ending journey. (Ted Sieger & Wouter Dierickx, Switzerland/China, 5 mins. A)

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 Snowflake

Snowflake
When a little African boy receives a letter containing a copy of a natural wonder, he longs to experience the real thing. (Natalia Chernysheva, Russia, 6 min. A)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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SATURDAY in CARBONDALE

7:30pm
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
PROGRAM A

Crystal Theatre
(100 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
Special thanks to Town of Carbondale

 

The Brunchers

The Brunchers
Looking for a change of routine, a London couple's search for a new brunch spot turns into a hilarious existential quest for more than a meal. Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Tom Burke and Rufus Sewell star. (Matt Winn, UK, 19 min. F)

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Cargo Cult

Cargo Cult
It's the middle of WWII and inhabitants of a remote Pacific island are captivated by mysterious cargo gods, who appear to drop good fortune by the crateful. Inspired by true events. (Bastien Dubois, France, 12 min. A)

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Elementary

Elementary
With the allure of summer just on the horizon, a group of fourth graders ready themselves for a rite of passage whose outcome will echo far beyond the school term. An astute portrait of a transformative moment. (Hugo Pedro, Portugal, 20 min. D)

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The Hero Pose

The Hero Pose
Spending a day trying to sell an old beater car sounds like a pain in the neck, but here it yields a precious opportunity for a father and his young daughter to connect. (Mischa Jakupcak, USA, 12 min. F)

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Ondek

Ondek
A merchant sailor opts to leave behind his maritime life. On his final night, he and the crew find a delightfully unexpected way to celebrate. (Louis-Martin Charest, Canada, 6 min. F)

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Orbit Ever After

Orbit Ever After
In this eccentric romantic comedy with a science fiction twist, young orbit-crossed lover Nigel (Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Game of Thrones) seeks to escape his family's ramshackle space homestead and his overly-protective parents to follow his heart. (Jamie Stone, UK, 20 min. F)

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The Pixel Painter

The Pixel Painter
Grandpa worked as a graphic artist back in the hand-drawn day. Long after he retired, his family introduced him to the computer. Meet 98-year-old Hal Lasko, The Pixel Painter. (Josh Bogdan, USA, 8 min. D)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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Shortsfest 2014 Friday APRIL 11

Friday April 11

 


NOON
FREE
FILMMAKER TALK BACK
The Red Onion
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of short
filmmaking in this moderated panel with
filmmaker guests from around the world.


5:30pm
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
PROGRAM SIX

Wheeler Opera House
(100 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
Special thanks to Aspen Film REEL People

 

 A Goldfish Documentary

A Goldfish Documentary
As their owners drive to the edge of the country, Noodles and Tony P can only swim to the edge of their bowl. Still, it's a transformative journey. (Elizabeth Stehling + Steve Snell, USA, 8 min. D)

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 Our Curse

Our Curse
A moving exploration of our capacity to adapt, accept and love, this family self-portrait takes us inside the lives of a young couple coming to grips with what their young son's life will bring. (Tomasz Sliwinski, Poland, 27 min. D)

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 The Runaway

The Runaway
Today Lakdar, a youth worker in a home for juvenile offenders, is preparing to take one of his teenage charges, Sabrina, to court. Lakdar feels confident the hearing will go well, Sabrina is not so sure. (Jean-Bernard Marlin, France, 22 min. F)

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 Sker

Sker
A kayaker discovers a seemingly safe port that turns out to harbor unseen hazards in this adventure drama. (Eyþór Jóvinsson, Iceland, 11 min. F)

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 Snowflake

Snowflake
When a little African boy receives a letter containing a copy of a natural wonder, he longs to experience the real thing. (Natalia Chernysheva, Russia, 6 min. A)

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 Sprout

Sprout
When Bory, an endearingly perky seven-year-old, sets off to the local market to buy bean sprouts for her mom, a cascade of detours transforms her neighborhood errand into a horizon-widening adventure. Berlin Film Festival winner from the director of Guest (SF12). (Ga-eun Yoon, South Korea, 20 min. F)

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 Uggs for Gaza

Uggs for Gaza
Mitch, a Midwesterner recently transplanted to Los Angeles, tells a lie to impress a girl at a party. He's plagued by guilt and anxiety, but instead of admitting his fib, he sets out to make it real. Hilarity ensues. (Brooke Berman, USA, 11 min. F)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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8:30pm
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
PROGRAM SEVEN

Wheeler Opera House
(100 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
Special thanks to Shortsfest Lodging Sponsors

 

 The Charlatan

The Charlatan
A skittish accountant, an inscrutable stranger, a wide-open road and an unbelievably cool car. The essential ingredients for a sly bebop-era sleight of hand tale. (Alexis Manya Spraic, USA, 13 min.F)

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 Fingerplay

Fingerplay
Teresa, a middle-aged woman, is confronted with her own aging, her husband's waning desire, and an unexpected guest: her developmentally disabled nephew. Another evocative drama about power, sexuality and moral boundaries from the director of A World for Raul (SF13). (Mauro Mueller, Germany/Switzerland/USA, 25 min. F)

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 The Gardener

The Gardener
A rich man and a poor man meet in a hospital hallway. For five minutes, these two gentlemen become equals for the very first—and last—time. (Jo Henriquez, Aruba/Netherlands Antilles/USA, 8 min. F)

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 Globe Trot

Globe Trot
A renowned choreographer holds the whole world in her hands when the powers of movement and technology meet. Crowd-sourcing with a beat. (Mitchell Rose, USA/The Globe, 5 min. D)

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 Kiki of Montparnasse

Kiki of Montparnasse
An animated homage to Kiki, famed Parisian queen of the night. Model, actress, writer, nightclub singer and muse to the finest avant-garde painters of the early 20th century. (Amelie Harrault, France, 14 min. A)

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 Los Olvidados (The Forgotten)

Los Olvidados (The Forgotten)
With his installations, young Latino artist Ramiro Gomez creates tangible reminders of those who made the trip “El Norte” and humanizes a forgotten people. A unique and affecting tribute to the immigrant labor community. (David Feldman, USA, 14 min. D)

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 Me + Her

Me + Her
A young man thinks outside the box in this visually original ode to love. (Joseph Oxford, USA, 12 min. A)

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 Over the Moon

Over the Moon
Brace yourself for a rough landing as kick-ass comic book heroine Connie Radar defends the moon and attempts to prevent the USA’s first lunar landing. From a Shortsfest perennial who always provides a laugh. (James Cunningham, New Zealand, 7 min. F)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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Shortsfest 2014 Thursday APRIL 10

Thursday April 10

 


NOON
FREE
FILMMAKER TALK BACK
The Red Onion
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of short
filmmaking in this moderated panel with
filmmaker guests from around the world.


5:30pm
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
PROGRAM FOUR

Wheeler Opera House
(100 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
Special thanks to Aspen Public Radio

 

 Flor de Toloache

Flor de Toloache
Traditional Mexican culture is put through the blender of New York City. What emerges is a Mariachi sound that transcends gender stereotypes to reveal a new variation on a traditional art form. (Jenny Schweitzer, USA, 4 min. D)

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 Marina's Ocean

Marina's Ocean
A 15-year old girl yearns to see the ocean, but her disability interferes. Unable to travel to the beach with her fellow students, Marina strikes out on an adventure of her own. (Cássio Pereira dos Santos, Brazil, 17 min. F)

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 Mia

Mia
A seven-year-old tries to liberate her overworked mother from the clutches of an overcrowded metropolis. In her quest, she unlocks her world's hidden secrets. (Wouter Bongaerts, Belgium/Netherlands, 9 min. A)

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 My Little Friends

My Little Friends
An innovative program in upstate New York connects elderly people diagnosed with dementia to young children, who remind us that even when we lose our memory, our basic humanity remains. (Megan Mylan, USA, 10 min. D)

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 The Phone Call

The Phone Call
When a shy lady (Sally Hawkins) who works in a suicide helpline call center takes a phone call from a distraught man (Jim Broadbendt), she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever. (Mat Kirkby, UK, 19 min. F)

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 Pony Place

Pony Place
When young Emma is prohibited from taking her iPad on holiday, she asks her grandma to look after her digital horse farm. Koba is a seasoned agrarian, but nothing she learned in the garden prepares her for this. A hilarious leap across the generation gap, from the director of A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences (SF12). (Joost Reijmers, Netherlands, 10 min. F)

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 Samnang

Samnang
A Cambodian immigrant lives a life of contented solitude, working nights in a Long Beach, California donut shop. But when a new variable is introduced into his nightly routine, Samnang must decide whether to see a threat or an opportunity. (Asaph Polonsky, USA, 22 min. F)

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 Wind

Wind
A droll comment on weather of the blowing kind and our uncanny ability to adapt. (Robert Löbel, Germany, 4 min. A)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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8:30pm
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
PROGRAM FIVE

Wheeler Opera House
(100 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
Special thanks to Shortsfest Venue Supporters

 

 The End of Pinky

The End of Pinky
In this stylish cartoon noir, three fallen angels, Johnny, Mia and Pinky, find companionship in Montreal's red light district. When one of Pinky's quirks set off a tragicomic chain of events, the fragility of their bond emerges. (Claire Blanchet, Canada, 8 min. A)

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 Good Morning

Good Morning
30 isn't old, but it sure feels that way when you wake up hung over in your apartment on the morning after that milestone birthday and find a surprising someone there with you. A comedic look at sexual identity and age anxiety (Stephen Dunn + Peter Knegt, Canada, 10 min. F)

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 The iMom

The iMom
Harried parents have long been grateful to that electronic babysitter, the television. But when a mother outsources her parenting duties to a more advanced form of technology, she risks being made obsolete. A cautionary parable. (Ariel Martin, Australia/USA, 14 min. F)

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 Journey

Journey
In harsh and unlikely conditions, a performance artist works to become an island unto himself. (Ali Parandian, Norway, 5 min. D)

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 Ondek

Ondek
A merchant sailor opts to leave behind his maritime life. On his final night, he and the crew find a delightfully unexpected way to celebrate. (Louis- Martin Charest, Canada, 6 min. F)

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 Person to Person

Person to Person
Benny awakes on the morning after a party to find a mysterious stranger passed out on his floor. He's a generous and gentle man, but as the unknown guest refuses to leave, his patience begins to wear thin. (Dustin Guy Defa, USA, 18 min. F)

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 Selma

Selma
Following the death of her taxi driver husband, Selma is determined to secure a better life for herself and her daughter, no matter what her family and community think. (Mohamed Ben Attia, Tunisia, 20 min. F)

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 A Tropical Sunday

A Tropical Sunday
It's Sunday and the fairground is coming to life as crowds of eager children line up for rides. Among them are four street kids, who have spent the week begging and scavenging. Today all they want is to feel like children again. (Fabian Ribezzo, Mozambique, 15 min. F)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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Shortsfest 2014 Wednesday APRIL 9

Wednesday April 9

 


NOON
FREE
FILMMAKER TALK BACK
The Red Onion
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of short
filmmaking in this moderated panel with
filmmaker guests from around the world.


5:30pm
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
PROGRAM TWO

Wheeler Opera House
(100 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
Special thanks to Esther Pearlstone

 

97%

97%
When an algorithm alerts Bert that love is near, he sets off on an amusing subterranean goose chase that would only be possible in our digital age. (Ben Brand, Netherlands, 8 min. F)

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 Hollow Land

Hollow Land
Two seasoned seekers arrive in a sun-washed land, searching for respite from their ceaseless travels. A meditation on what it feels like to be displaced - whether by circumstances or choice. (Michelle + Uri Kranot, Canada/Denmark/France, 14 min. A)

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 Lambing Season

Lambing Season
Ireland’s windy west coast serves as a backdrop for this story about the way loved ones hide from one another, and the way that the secrets of family - and nature - reveal themselves. (Jeannie Donohoe, USA, 15 min. F)

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 The Long Drum

The Long Drum
A sacred drumming tradition has been in Thanh's family for generations. When his only son dies, Thanh searches high and low for someone in his village to perform the burial chant. Shot on location in Vietnam. (Eve Symington, Singapore, 12 min. F)

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Native Silence

Native Silence
In the mid-1900's, as many as one third of Native American children were relocated into non-Indian foster homes. Here, we meet two of them, who share their struggles to find a place in the world. A solemn account of the impact of misguided government policy. (Jane Wells, USA, 25 min. D)

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 No One Is Listening Anymore!

No One Is Listening Anymore!
She blames technology. He blames the plumber. And therapy has never been so revealing...A funny new short from the star of Chocolate Cake (SF11). (Romi Trower, Australia, 7 min. F)

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 The Smortlybacks

The Smortlybacks
On a mesa, a mahout and his herd of strange creatures make a surprising and never-ending journey. (Ted Sieger & Wouter Dierickx, Switzerland/ China, 5 mins. A)

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 Yearbook

Yearbook
With the planet on the edge of destruction, a man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence. A bemusing consideration of what's really important. (Bernardo Britto, USA, 5 min. A)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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8:30pm
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
PROGRAM THREE

Wheeler Opera House
(100 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
Special thanks to the Colorado Office of Film, Television + Media

 

 Future Hero

Future Hero
A father-son bonding film just like any other, except for that timetraveling killer android. (Ramin Serry, USA, 6 min. F)

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 The Ledge End of Phil (from accounting)

The Ledge End of Phil (from accounting)
A mild mannered accountant takes an inconvenient trip to the outside world, and radically reevaluates his priorities in this animated fantasy. (Paul O'Muiris, Ireland, 6 min. A)

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 The Lion's Mouth Opens

The Lion's Mouth Opens
From the director of The Crash Reel comes this moving portrait of remarkable courage as a young actress confronts her risk of the debilitating and incurable Huntington's disease. (Lucy Walker, USA, 15 min. D)

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 Listen

Listen
A young Ethiopian musician, haunted by a childhood trauma, finds solace when a spirit appears and inspires him to channel his memories in a new direction. From the director of For Today (SF11). (Zelalem Woldemariam, Ethiopia, 18 min. F)

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Mr. Invisible

Mr. Invisible
A lonely and disregarded old man finds himself in a city where his greatest weakness suddenly becomes his secret weapon. (Greg Ash, UK, 14 min. F)

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 Orbit Ever After

Orbit Ever After
In this eccentric romantic comedy with a science fiction twist, young orbitcrossed lover Nigel (Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Game of Thrones) seeks to escape his family's ramshackle space homestead and his overly-protective parents to follow his heart. (Jamie Stone, UK, 20 min. F)

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 Rabbit and Deer

Rabbit and Deer
Two friends seem quite content with their lives until one becomes obsessed with something that deepens his perspective. A visually droll look at the hidden costs of discovery. (Péter Vácz, Hungary, 16 min. A) span>

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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Shortsfest 2014 Tuesday APRIL 8

Tuesday April 8

 

7:00pm
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
PROGRAM ONE

Wheeler Opera House
(100 min.)
FILMMAKER Q&A TO FOLLOW
Program order to be announced
Special thanks to The Aspen Times

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After the post-screening filmmaker Q+A,
there will be a reception in the Wheeler lobby
sponsored by The Aspen Times and Sojourner Magazine.

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The Brunchers

The Brunchers
Looking for a change of routine, a London couple's search for a new brunch spot turns into a hilarious existential quest for more than a meal. Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Tom Burke and Rufus Sewell star. (Matt Winn, UK, 19 min. F)

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Cargo Cult

Cargo Cult
It's the middle of WWII and inhabitants of a remote Pacific island are captivated by mysterious cargo gods, who appear to drop good fortune by the crateful. Inspired by true events. (Bastien Dubois, France, 12 min. A)

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Elementary

Elementary
With the allure of summer just on the horizon, a group of fourth graders ready themselves for a rite of passage whose outcome will echo far beyond the school term. An astute portrait of a transformative moment. (Hugo Pedro, Portugal, 20 min. D)

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The Gallant Captain

The Gallant Captain
A boy and his cat journey into unknown waters with a bottle, a boat and a vivid imagination. (Katrina Mathers + Graeme Base, Australia, 8 min. A)

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 The Hero Pose

The Hero Pose
Spending a day trying to sell an old beater car sounds like a pain in the neck, but here it yields a precious opportunity for a father and his young daughter to connect. (Mischa Jakupcak, USA, 12 min. F)

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 Maasai

Maasai
A hospital's quiet reception area becomes a skirmish line between two brothers as they await their mother’s return from surgery in this compelling drama. (Harry Lagoussis, Greece, 17 min. F)

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 Mr. Hublot

Mr. Hublot
Mr. Hublot finds his reclusive life turned upside down when he overcomes personal obstacles to do a good deed. A lovely story about a timid man and an incredibly invasive four-footed companion. Oscar® winner. (Laurent Witz, France/Luxembourg, 12 min. A)

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 The Pixel Painter

The Pixel Painter
Grandpa worked as a graphic artist back in the hand-drawn day. Long after he retired, his family introduced him to the computer. Meet 98-yearold Hal Lasko, The Pixel Painter. (Josh Bogdan, USA, 8 min. D)

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Film category code: A = Animation D = Documentary F = Fiction

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Winter Film Series 2014

WINTER FILM SERIES
The Wheeler Opera House in partnership with Aspen Film

For full film descriptions please visit: WheelerOperaHouse.com

Special REEL PEOPLE Member Ticket Price Available
Wheeler Box Office (970-920-5770) or aspenshowtix.com

 

Antarctica
ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE, Directed by Anthony Powell

Mon, Jan 27
STORIES WE TELL
Oscar® short list, Best Documentary

Wed, Jan 29
MUSCLE SHOALS
Filmfest hit back by popular demand

Sun, Feb 2 & Tues, Feb 4
THE GREAT BEAUTY
Golden Globe winner, Best Foreign Film

Mon, Feb 3
THOMAS KEATING: A RISING TIDE OF SILENCE
Shared Audience Favorite Doc Award at Filmfest
Director Peter C. Jones in person

Mon, Feb 11
THE ARMSTRONG LIE
Oscar® short list, Best Documentary
Alex Gibney's Lance Armstrong exposé

Sun, Feb 16
IF YOU BUILD IT
Inspiring doc with film subject Matt Miller in person

Wed, Feb 19
GOOD OL' FREDA
Delightful profile on Beatles' secretary and fan club founder

Mon, Feb 24
SALINGER
New portrait of reclusive writer JD Salinger

Mon, Mar 3
ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE
Filmfest hit back by popular demand

Mon, Mar 17
GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA
Shared Filmfest Audience Favorite Doc Award

 
Hollywood's Big Night

SUNDAY MARCH 2

HOLLYWOOD'S BIG NIGHT
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Film Schedule - THURSDAY JANUARY 2

Thursday January 2

 


5:00pm

PRISONERS

Prisoners On an overcast Thanksgiving in suburban Pennsylvania, two neighboring families gather to celebrate. Food, drink, games, and stories are shared. But as the party begins to wind down, the youngest daughters from each household are nowhere to be found. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the detective who investigates the mysterious disappearance, while Hugh Jackman portrays one of the fathers who decides to take matters into his own hands. Helmed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies), and with a plot that advances through surprise and logic, this smart, polished thriller knows just how and when to ratchet up the tension. In addition to Gyllenhaal and Jackman, supporting cast members Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, and Melissa Leo turn in beautifully calibrated performances. Taut, controlled, precise, and high-impact, this is Hollywood filmmaking at its finest. (USA, 153 min., R, Courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Watch the TRAILER.



8:15pm

BEFORE MIDNIGHT

Special thanks to the City of Aspen

Before Midnight Almost two decades have passed since Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) met on a Vienna-bound train in Richard Linklater's seminal Before Sunrise. This third chapter in their Before trilogy picks up with the couple, now living in Paris with twin daughters, to explore a nuanced perspective only gained by years lived. As it does in each of the films, life carries with it new responsibilities and attitudes, compelling the two dreamers to reassess what they want next. In this case, Jesse faces an important decision following the family's summer stay in Greece. Bolstered by a magnificent script and the increasingly refined onscreen chemistry between Delpy and Hawke, Before Midnight is a fitting continuation of one of the great love stories of American independent cinema. (USA, 109 min., R, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Watch the TRAILER.


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Film Schedule - WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1

Wednesday January 1

 


3:00pm

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, cantankerous, 77-year-old Woody (a marvelous Bruce Dern, Best Actor Award at Cannes) thinks he's struck it rich and wrangles his son David (Will Forte) into driving him to Omaha to claim his fortune. Director Alexander Payne (The Descendants, About Schmidt), a masterful, trenchant observer of American family dynamics, returns to the Heartland in this wistful ode to small-town Midwestern life, the quixotic dreams of stubborn old men, and the ties that chafe but ultimately bind generations. In perhaps his most personal film to date, Payne unfurls the story across a wide-screen black-and-white panorama that emphasizes the vast distances between places - and people. Fond of its characters but ever gimlet-eyed and unsentimental, Nebraska blends humor, regret, diminished expectations, and fragile hopes to potent effect. (USA, 110 min., R, Courtesy of Paramount Vantage)

Watch the TRAILER.



5:45pm

TIM'S VERMEER

Special thanks to Ravenheart Gallery

Tim's Vermeer For centuries, the photo-realistic paintings of 17th-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer have awed viewers. Art historians describe his radiant style, far ahead of his contemporaries, as "painting with light." What was his secret? It's a mystery that drew the attention of Penn & Teller, the magic duo with a penchant for exposing other people's tricks. Here Teller documents the determination of their friend, inventor Tim Jenison, to crack Vermeer's secret by painting a replica of The Music Lesson. Working off of hunches posited by artist David Hockney and academic Philip Steadman, the obsessive Tim launches a five-year experiment to test his theory that Vermeer may have "cheated." This uncanny entertainment was a hit at the Toronto and Telluride festivals this fall. (USA, 80 min., Not yet rated, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Watch the TRAILER.



8:00pm

CANCELLATION

ONE CHANCE



Jan. 1,  8:00pm - One Chance screening CANCELLED.


Regrettably, we are unable to screen One Chance as planned due to a scheduling conflict. Late developments beyond Aspen Film's control require the cancellation of this Academy Screening presentation. We apologize for any inconvenience.

A full refund will be issued at point of purchase for tickets purchased for the January 1st screening of One Chance. The Wheeler Opera House joins Aspen Film in apologizing for any inconvenience.


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Film Schedule - MONDAY DECEMBER 30

Monday December 30

 


5:30pm

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Special thanks to Aspen Public Radio

Dallas Buyers Club A superb Matthew McConaughey immerses himself in the true story of homophobic Texas party boy turned accidental AIDS activist Ron Woodroof, who contracted HIV in 1985 and was given thirty days to live. With the U.S. medical establishment divided over how to combat the virus, Woodroof joins forces with Rayon (a magnetic Jared Leto), an HIV-positive transsexual, to smuggle in medications from around the world. With the help of a sympathetic doctor (Jennifer Garner), they create the Dallas Buyers Club, the first of such clubs that would form around the country, providing its members with alternative treatments. As these groups grow in number and clientele, they come to the attention of the FDA, which wages an all-out war on their Robin Hood ring of pharmaceutical saviors in this rousing drama from director Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria). (USA, 117 min., R, Courtesy of Focus Features)

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8:15pm

12 YEARS A SLAVE

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12 Years a Slave One day Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is an accomplished violinist with a wife and two children in upstate New York; the next he is a runaway slave named Platt sold to a plantation owner in Georgia. What happens in between and thereafter in this courageous new film from director Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) is an American slavery story rarely told. Abducted in Washington, D.C., in 1841, Solomon is first delivered to slave trader James Burch (Paul Giamatti), then bought by gentleman farmer William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), and later sold to cruel and mentally unbalanced cotton grower Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), who embodies the savagery - and insanity - of slavery. Based on Northup’s memoir, this unflinching, close-up look at a painful chapter in American history is also a visceral cinematic experience. (USA, 134 min., R, Courtesy of Fox Searchlight)

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Film Schedule - SUNDAY DECEMBER 29

Sunday December 29

 


3:00pm

GLORIA

Gloria Vivacious divorcee and empty nester Gloria (Paulina García, who won Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival for her truthful, warm-hearted performance) has no intention of spending her days and nights alone. Determined to defy old age and loneliness, she rushes headlong into a whirl of dance halls and nightclubs, with disappointing results. Then along comes the seemingly simpatico Rodolfo (Sergio Hernandez), a gentleman who sees in her something deeper and more passionate than a one-night stand. But as the new couple tries to forge a lasting bond, their pasts constantly intrude in this emotionally honest and, at times, humorous tale inspired by the life of Chilean director Sebastián Lelio's own mother and her generation. In Spanish with English subtitles. (Chile/Spain, 110 min., R, Courtesy of Roadside Attractions)

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5:00pm

ALL IS LOST

Special thanks to Nancy Wall + Charles Wall

All is Lost Robert Redford, as you've never seen him before, stars in this riveting, and staggeringly original, survival story. A lone sailor finds his yacht sinking after a collision with a discarded shipping container in the middle of the Indian Ocean. As the days pass and his options steadily dwindle, the luckless and nameless protagonist wages a brave battle for self-preservation that puts his intelligence and practicality to the ultimate test. This remarkable second effort by director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) recalls the best fiction of Ernest Hemingway and Stephen Crane, and is also a genuine technical feat. But ultimately the film belongs to Redford's fearless performance, alone onscreen from start to finish, facing the prospect of death with quiet determination. An emotionally epic, intensely suspenseful, and moving film that comes as a high achievement in Redford's already stellar career. (USA, 107 min., PG-13, Courtesy of Roadside Attractions)

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8:15pm

SUBSTITUTION:

August: Osage County

has been replaced with:

THE GRANDMASTER


Special thanks to Tom & Darlynn Fellman

The Grandmaster Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, The Grandmaster is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man (the man who trained Bruce Lee). The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China's last dynasty - a time of chaos, division and war, which was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a variety of stunning locations, from the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China to the subtropical South, The Grandmaster features virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary Asian cinema, including Tony Leung, (Hero, 2046, In the Mood for Love) and Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero). With fight scenes choreographed by renowned action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix, Kill Bill, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). (Hong Kong/China 108 min. PG-13 With Eng. subtitles)

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NOTE: Tickets that were purchased for August: Osage County will be honored for the screening of The Grandmaster. If you do not want to go to the replacement screenings please contact the Wheeler Opera House Box Office at 970-920-5770 and a full refund will be issued.


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