Aspen Film New Views 2013

NEW VIEWS: Documentaries and Dialogue

Aspen Film and the Aspen Institute present the fourth annual NEW VIEWS: Documentaries & Dialogue series highlighting critically acclaimed documentaries with post-screening discussions featuring special guests. The series screens Monday nights from July 15 through August 12. All films will be shown at Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen. Documentaries continue to play an increased and exciting role in public discourse, bringing a vibrant voice to current events, personalities, and issues affecting culture and society. This selection of important films and speakers offers a fresh insight designed to intrigue, expand, and enrich the creative conversations of our time.
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(For film descriptions, click on the film titles listed below or scroll down the page.)

NEW VIEWS: Documentaries and Dialogue July 15 - August 12

Monday JULY 15, 7:00pm - BLOOD BROTHER

Monday JULY 29, 7:00pm - ANITA


Monday AUGUST 12, 7:00pm - GASLAND PART II

NEW VIEWS: Documentaries and Dialogue

Monday July 15, 7:00pm - Paepcke Auditorium

Blood Brother
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Winner of both the Best US Documentary and the Audience Awards at Sundance, this moving portrait celebrates the unmistakable power of love, following one young man's decision to move to India and restart his life among the dispossessed. "Rocky Anna," as children living at an orphanage for those infected with HIV know him, was dissatisfied with his life in America. Having grown up without the support of a close-knit family, Rocky took an impromptu trip to India and found his calling, living and working with kids in need. Unlike others who simply passed through their lives, Rocky has stayed, dedicating himself to their health and wellbeing. Director Steve Hoover - Rocky's best friend - chronicles Rocky's newfound life in this beautifully crafted personal film. Blood Brother is a testament to one person's ability to create a meaningful life. (USA, 2012, 92 min.)
Q&A  follows screening.
With: Director Steve Hoover
Moderator TBD.

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NEW VIEWS: Documentaries and Dialogue

Monday July 29, 7:00pm - Paepcke Auditorium


The country watched transfixed as a poised African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and in a clear, unwavering voice recounted the sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991 Anita Hill, a law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto a harrowing world stage and her life changed forever. Her graphic testimony became a turning point for gender equality, igniting a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that still resonates today. Set against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, Anita blends key archival footage with contemporary interviews with Anita Hill and her supporters to powerfully stirring effect. Thoughtful and comprehensive, it captures the personal story of a woman who found the courage to speak truth to power and celebrates her legacy, which continues to inspire those engaged in the fight for equality and social justice. Directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock (G-Dog, Aspen Filmfest 2012). (USA, 2013, 84 min.)
Q&A and book signing follows screening.
With:  Anita Hill, attorney and academic, currently a professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Brandeis University.
Moderator: Marcia Greenberger, Co-President, National Women's Law Center.

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NEW VIEWS: Documentaries and Dialogue

Monday August 5, 7:00pm - Paepcke Auditorium

Inequality for All

Winner of a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, this incisive documentary explores the ever-widening gap between rich and poor through the insights of former Labor Secretary (and current UC Berkeley professor) Robert Reich. Filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth, inspired by Reich's book Aftershock, tackles this massive topic by adapting Reich himself into documentary form. Deemed "An Inconvenient Truth for the economy," Inequality for All dissects issues like wage stagnation, consolidated wealth, manufacturing, and financial instruments, with an uncanny ability to render complex principles digestible. Included in this important film are struggles of regular working people for whom the American dream is increasingly unattainable. With precision and a great deal of charm, the ebullient economics guru demonstrates how income inequality not only destabilizes markets but also ultimately undermines democracy itself. Incisive, accessible, and funny (who knew Reich had such a sense of comic timing?), Inequality for All is a landmark documentary on a defining issue of our time. (USA, 2013, 100 min.)
Q&A follows screening.
With: Robert Reich, economist and former Secretary of Labor, currently a professor at University of California, Berkeley.
Moderator: Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs, Aspen Institute.

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NEW VIEWS: Documentaries and Dialogue

Monday August 12, 7:00pm - Paepcke Auditorium

Gasland II
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In his 2010 Oscar®-nominated documentary Gasland, director Josh Fox profiled the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," inspiring a national debate about this once touted and now controversial energy source. With Gasland Part II, he broadens the landscape, traveling all around the country and beyond to investigate the long-term environmental impacts of fracking, uncovering devastated landscapes, poisonous water, earthquakes, and neurological damage. Most importantly, Fox finds people whose lives have been irreparably changed. He follows ordinary folk - many of them reluctant environmentalists - as they organize and wage a pitched battle against the gas companies. Fox also captures the industry's reaction to negative claims. New York, Pennsylvania, the Gulf of Mexico, the heart of Texas, Colorado, Los Angeles, Washington D.C.: Fracking's reach is vast. Chock full of unnerving interviews and surprising data, Gasland Part II continues to spur an important national dialogue forward. (USA, 2013, 125 min.)
Q&A follows screening.
With: Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Cornell University. Scientific expert on the environmental effects of fracking. In 2011, TIME Magazine named him one of its "People Who Mattered."
Moderator: TBD.

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