‘Golden age of documentary’ finds grace in cinematic series – The Sopris Sun


“We’re in the golden age of documentaries,” said Erika Mallin, executive director of the arts program at the Aspen Institute, as evidenced by the fact that documentary film is the most-watched genre across all media platforms. movie streaming.

On July 25 and August 1, the Aspen Institute Arts Program and Aspen Film will bring audiences thought-provoking film selections from the 2022 Eisner/Lauder New Views documentary and dialogue series, sponsored by Leonard Lauder and Jane and Michael Eisner.

Mallin said, “The mission of the Aspen Institute Arts Program is to give artists, who are among our great innovators and change-makers, the opportunity to speak about the bigger issues and challenges we face as that society.

In 1949, Aspen Institute founder Walter Paepcke brought together people from a myriad of disciplines – the arts, philosophy, science and business – to better understand the world and its changes after World War II. .

With that in mind, Aspen Film and the Institute have been making the New Views documentary and dialogue series for over a decade, with a brief hiatus in 2018. Mallin shared that the documentary film aligns with Michael Eisner’s mission. and Leonard Lauder to reinvigorate the Institute’s arts program about 10 years ago, when it began with the late businessman and philanthropist Sidney Harman.

The three-person Arts Program team, which Aspen Film Executive Director Susan Wrubel has called “phenomenal”, works with Aspen FIlm to curate films covering relevant and timely topics.

“The whole idea of ​​the series is that it’s a salient documentary that still has a relevant conversation that follows. We usually look for films that haven’t been widely released and deal with conversational topics of the day. I think that’s the beauty of documentary right now, anyway, Wrubel explained.

This year’s post-screening dialogues focus on the filmmakers and allow audience members to dig deeper into the topics during Q&A sessions.

“Subject,” directed by Jennifer Tiexiera and Camilla Hall, premieres July 25. The film, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last month, is a documentary that “looks into himself”. This is a review of the documentary film industry that looks at the ethics and responsibilities of documentarians and what happens to film subjects after the cameras go down.

For their film, Tiexiera and Hall reviewed “Hoop Dreams,” a 1994 film about two African-American high school basketball players in Chicago who dream of turning pro, “The Staircase,” an HBO Max true-crime miniseries, and “The Wolfpack”, a documentary that observes the family life of a father and his seven children who rarely leave their New York apartment.

Journalist Andrew Travers will moderate the “Topics” post-screening discussion with directors Tiexiera and Hall and Mukunda Angulo, one of the children of “The Wolfpack” who is now 27.

“Brother [Mukunda Angulo] who freed himself and obtained [his siblings] getting out was kind of the leader to leaving this oppressive house. Mukunda’s brother, Govinda, one of the film’s subjects, is now a filmmaker,” Wrubel explained.

The August 1 screening of “Still Working 9 to 5,” directed by Camille Hardman and Gary Lane, examines the groundbreaking 1980 comedy film, “9 to 5,” which starred Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton, and features candid interviews with the actors. The film also includes interviews with Rita Moreno, who had a big role in the original film, and Allison Janney, who was part of the 2009 Broadway cast of “9 to 5: The Musical.”

“The film examines how now, 40 years later, women are still fighting the same battle in the workplace that they were fighting when the film was made,” Wrubel explained.

Breeze Richardson, Executive Director of Aspen Public Radio, will lead the “Still Working 9 to 5” post-screening conversation.

As the documentary film grows in popularity, Mallin said, “Hopefully they get more money – which is always a problem – and again, that’s why we want to push this kind of work.”

All screenings start at 7:30 p.m. at the Isis Theater in Aspen and doors open at 7 p.m. Masks are mandatory for all participants, except when eating or drinking. Single tickets for each screening are $20 ($16 for Aspen Film members and Aspen Institute members) and can be purchased online at aspenfilm.org

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