Its also a truly worldwide festival, bringing films from Africa, North America, Asia and the Middle East. We really try to offer a broad spectrum, Thielen notes. This years spectrum is indeed broad, featuring such highlights as Red Shirley, a documentary by Lou Reed in which he sits down with his cousin to interview her on the eve of her 100th birthday, and Sexting, a Julia Stiles vehicle in which a young woman has lunch with the wife of her boyfriend. In true Aspen fashion, the festival also brings many of the filmmakers to town for Q&As, forums and random, late-night audience interaction. Heres hoping none of them involve the police.
The fest starts today and continues through April 10 at various venues in Aspen and Carbondale. Screenings are grouped into nightly competition programs by type; tickets to each run $13. For advance tickets, go to www.aspenshowtix.com; for festival information, visit www.aspenfilm.org.
April 5-10, 2011