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Aspen Filmfest Wraps Up by Awarding "King's Speech" and "Thunder Soul"

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire October 6, 2010 at 10:42AM

Oscar hopeful "The King's Speech," directed by Tom Hooper, was picked at the Audience Favorite Feature at the 32nd edition of the Aspen Filmfest, which wrapped on October 3. Mark Landsman's award-winning documentary "Thunder Soul" meanwhile nabbed the Audience Favorite Documentary award.
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Oscar hopeful "The King's Speech," directed by Tom Hooper, was picked at the Audience Favorite Feature at the 32nd edition of the Aspen Filmfest, which wrapped on October 3. Mark Landsman's award-winning documentary "Thunder Soul" meanwhile nabbed the Audience Favorite Documentary award.

Large crows gathered into the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and the Crystal Theater in Carbondale to experience the event.

"Contrary to the current chat about at-home viewing platforms and a dwindling market for independent and international cinema, Filmfest showed just how much people love going to the movies," said Aspen Film Artistic Director Laura Thielen in a statement. "Enthusiastic audiences at screening after screening proved what a valuable and unique service festivals provide, connecting film lovers with eclectic big-screen experiences and eloquent filmmaker guests."

Aspen Film Managing Director Natalie McMenemy added, "Ticket sales were strong, and we thank our audience, Aspen Film's Reel People members, our sponsors, and community supporters for celebrating Filmfest with us. We are also blessed to have such wonderful venue partners in the Wheeler Opera House and the Crystal Theatre, both of whom make it all look easy. And we would be remiss not to mention the team that makes it all possible--our volunteer crew. They are integral to Filmfest's success."