1998 Aspen Shortsfest Rolls This Week
by Mark Rabinowitz
The 1998 Aspen Shortsfest kicks off this week, unspooling in the mountain
resort community from April 1st through April 5th. One of the most respected
short film festivals in the world, this year's edition boasts seven world
premieres, five North American premieres and three U.S. premieres, not to
mention this year's animated short Academy Award winner "Geri's Game" and
Oscar nominee, "Redux Riding Hood" by Steve Moore.
Several noteworthy festival veterans will screen at this year's edition,
including Elizabeth Schub's award-winning "Cuba 15," David Birdsell's "Phil
Touches Flo," Michael Almereyda's award-winning adaptation of the D.H.
Lawrence short story "The Rocking Horse Winner" and Amy Talkington's
New this year is a jury that will screen the films during the fest, rather
than beforehand, as in previous years. This year's jury is made up of "Split
Screen" producer John Pierson, documentarian Jeffrey Friedman,
producer/director Tina DeFeliciantonio and film critic Sheila Benson. Another
addition to this year's fest is the program section, "Off Screen," featuring a
panel discussion entitled "The Power of the Moving Image: Vision, Tools and
Technique." In a prepared statement, festival executive Director Laura Thielen
commented that "Whether it's music, dance or the visual arts, exploring the
creative process is a significant part of Aspen's cultural legacy. We want to
provide a similar forum for ideas for film because the creative spark for
inspiration is just as important to us as the making and marketing of a film."
The festival screened over 800 films this year, and selected 56, drawing the
lineup from 11 countries, including The United States, England, Australia, New
Zealand, Bulgaria and Scotland.
[For more information about the fest, check out their web site at:
www.aspenfilm.org. Tickets for the festival are on
sale now, and for more information you can call: 970/920-5770]