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Lights, camera, action: new documentaries at the Wheeler
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Lights, camera, action: new documentaries at the Wheeler

The Aspen Institute Arts Program and Aspen Film present the fourth annual New Views: Documentaries & Dialogue series highlighting critically acclaimed documentaries with post-screening discussions featuring special guests. The series will run on four Monday nights in July and August. All films will be shown at 7 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen.

Tickets are $20 per show and are on sale through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House box office and at Tickets will also be sold at the door before the shows.

Here is the schedule: 
Monday, July 15, 7 p.m.
Winner of both the Best US Documentary and the Audience Award at Sundance, this moving portrait celebrates the unmistakable power of love, following one young man's decision to move to India and restart his life among the dispossessed. "Rocky Anna," as children living at an orphanage for those infected with HIV know him, was dissatisfied with his life in America. Having grown up without the support of a close-knit family, Rocky took an impromptu trip to India and found his calling, living and working with kids in need. Unlike others who simply passed through their lives, Rocky has stayed, dedicating himself to their health and well being. Director Steve Hoover - Rocky's best friend - chronicles Rocky's newfound life in this beautifully crafted personal film. Blood Brother is a testament to one person's ability to create a meaningful life. (USA, 2012, 92 min.) Q&A with director Steve Hoover immediately following, as well as sales of "I Was Always Beautiful," a coffee table book of photographs and journal entries by the film's subject, Rocky (book available for $45, proceeds to benefit the orphanage).

Monday, July 29, 7 p.m.
The country watched transfixed as a poised African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and in a clear, unwavering voice recounted the sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991 Anita Hill, a law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto a harrowing world stage and her life changed forever. Set against a backdrop of sex, politics and race,
Anita blends key archival footage with contemporary interviews with Anita Hill and her supporters to powerfully stirring effect. Thoughtful and comprehensive, it captures the personal story of a woman who found the courage to speak truth to power and celebrates her legacy which continues to inspire those engaged in the fight for equality and social justice. Directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock (G-Dog, Aspen Filmfest 2012). (USA, 2013, 84 min.) Q&A and book signing with Anita Hill immediately following, moderated by Marcia Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women's Law Center.  

Monday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.
Winner of a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, this incisive documentary explores the ever-widening gap between rich and poor through the insights of former Labor Secretary (and current US Berkeley professor) Robert Reich. Filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth, inspired by Reich's book Aftershock, tackles this massive topic by adapting Reich himself into documentary form. Deemed "An Inconvenient Truth for the economy," Inequality for All dissects issues like wage stagnation, consolidated wealth, manufacturing and financial instruments with an uncanny ability to render complex principles digestible. Included in this important film are struggles of regular working people for whom the American dream is increasingly unattainable. With precision and a great deal of charm, the ebullient economics guru demonstrates how income inequality not only destabilizes markets but also undermines democracy itself. Incisive, accessible, and funny (who knew Reich had such a sense of comic timing?), Inequality for All is a landmark documentary on a defining issue of our time. (USA, 2013, 100 min.) Q&A with Robert Reich immediately following, moderated by Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs, Aspen Institute.

Monday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m.
In his 2010 Oscar®-nominated documentary Gasland, director Josh Fox profiled the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," inspiring a national debate about this once touted and now controversial energy source. With Gasland Part II, he broadens the landscape, traveling all around the country and beyond to investigate the long-term environmental impacts of fracking, uncovering devastated landscapes, poisonous water, earthquakes, and neurological damage. Most importantly, Fox finds people whose lives have been irreparably changed. He follows ordinary folk - many of them reluctant environmentalists - as they organize and wage a pitched battle against the gas companies. Fox also captures the industry's reaction to negative claims. New York, Pennsylvania, the Gulf of Mexico, the heart of Texas, Colorado, Los Angeles, Washington D.C.: Fracking's reach is vast. Chock full of unnerving interviews and surprising data, Gasland Part II continues to spur an important national dialogue forward. (USA, 2013, 125 min.) Q&A with Cornell Professor Anthony Ingraffea, a scientific expert on fracking and climate change, immediately following.
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