- Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Aspen Film, a year-round non-profit film arts and education organization, brings big screen buzz to Aspen's Wheeler Opera House with their 23rd annual Academy Screenings, December 23 - January 2. This cinematic feast and longstanding Aspen holiday tradition brings together film industry professionals, visitors and residents to see some of the season's most talked-about films. Aspen is a popular winter destination for voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and various guild members who are able to see awards contenders during an ever-more compressed Academy Award® campaign season. Since 2010 Academy Screenings have included the Best Picture winner, as well as other high-profile awardees.
The official Aspen Film Academy Screenings program will be announced online at www.aspenfilm.org the day after Thanksgiving, November 28. Voting members of AMPAS, BAFTA and associated guilds should contact Aspen Film directly for tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.306.0662. Tickets for the general public will be available starting December 10 through the Wheeler Opera House: www.aspenshowtix.com.
"From marquee features to important documentaries, this big-screen celebration spotlights films actively campaigning for Oscar® nomination," says Aspen Film Co-Director, Laura Thielen. "For industry professionals spending their holidays in Aspen, the festival gives them a unique opportunity to see a terrific selection of movies as they should be experienced--in a gorgeous landmark venue with state-of-the-art presentation and an enthusiastic audience."
Academy Screenings Sneak Peek
A preview of this year's line-up includes two films garnering Oscar® attention. Tommy Lee Jones (who also directs) and Hilary Swank lead an all-star cast including Meryl Streep and her daughter, Grace Gummer, in THE HOMESMAN (Roadside Attractions), a gripping drama set on the American frontier. A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (A24), the new film written and directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost), is a crime drama that tests the limits of the American dream and stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo.
Aspen Film Academy Screenings is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor The Aspen Times, the Caribou Club, as well as the City of Aspen. Additional support comes from Aspen Public Radio, Aspen Peak Magazine, Theory, Aspen Out and Alpine Bank.
About Aspen Film
Established in 1979, Aspen Film is one of Colorado's most active film arts organizations, presenting dynamic programs and featured guest artists throughout the year. Internationally recognized, Aspen Film organizes a major film event in every season, along with an extensive education program: Aspen Filmfest, Academy Screenings, Aspen Shortsfest and Film Educates. With a mission to enlighten, enrich, educate and entertain through film, Aspen Film stimulates thought, encourages dialogue and broadens understanding of our world and ourselves through the diverse spectrum of ideas presented by filmmakers worldwide. To learn more, visit www.aspenfilm.org.