Film is alive and well this week in Colorado, whether atop the slippery and expensive slopes of the high country or deep in the heart of the Denver Public Library. In the high-altitude realm, there's the twelfth annual Aspen Shortsfest, the perfect vehicle for people who have a hard time sitting too long in one place. Focusing exclusively on the world of short features, including animation, live action and documentaries on film and video, the five-day fest and international shorts competition opens today and continues through April 6 in Aspen. Screenings and related events take place at the Wheeler Opera House, 320 East Hyman Avenue, and other locations. Tickets are available by calling 1-970-920-5770; for a complete schedule of events, log on to www.aspenshortsfest.org.
But if the air's too thin, the fare too fleeting and the price too high for you in Aspen, the perfectly respectable Denver Public Library Film Series begins its spring schedule, 1939: The Golden Year of Film, tonight at 6:30, downstairs in the Denver Central Library's B2 Conference Room, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway. First up is one of John Ford's great oaters, Stagecoach, with John Wayne and Claire Trevor; future titles include Wuthering Heights, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Women and other pre-war gems. Films are shown weekly on Wednesdays, and admission is free. Call 720-865-1111.