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         Plus award winners from Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, and Tribeca Festivals…

September 7, 2006 (Aspen, Colo.) — The 28th annual Aspen Filmfest runs September 26
through October 1, 2006, in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. For six days this
resort valley’s favorite fall party will host advance previews of new films and award-winning
documentaries from six of seven continents, as well as a tribute to Harrison Ford. With the
chance to be among the first in the States to see some films, as well as enjoy highlights
from the festival circuit, Aspen audiences will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite
feature and documentary. Tickets go on sale to the general public on September 19 and the
full schedule (with film descriptions) is available at For more
information, call 970.925.6882.

Executive director of Aspen Filmfest, Laura Thielen, observes: "Every year we strive to
capture and distill the vast movie landscape into a succinct program that will entertain and
enthrall. With features and documentaries from the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin
America, and Australia, our lineup is an exciting mix of new work that has been blazing the
international circuit. Whether it's a live conversation with Harrison Ford or the first-ever
Aboriginal feature, this edition of Aspen Filmfest puts the emphasis on discovering the
original in filmmaking."

Harrison Ford
Among this year’s highlights, Harrison Ford will be honored with Aspen Filmfest’s
Independent by Nature Award in recognition of his tremendous contribution to modern
cinema. The tribute will take place Saturday, September 30 at the Wheeler Opera House in
Aspen and will be followed by a benefit dinner at The Little Nell. An Oscar and Golden Globe
nominee, Ford has proven over decades of work (including 39 feature films) that he is the
action hero, the tentative romantic, the deeply committed cop and so much more. Some of
his standout performances include Blade Runner, Working Girl, Witness, The Mosquito
Coast, Sabrina, The Fugitive, Patriot Games, and of course, the Star Wars and Indiana
Jones trilogies. In addition, Ford has worked with some of the greatest contemporary
directors, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Weir, Mike Nichols and Ridley
Scott. Past recipients of the Independent by Nature Award include Anjelica Huston,
Sydney Pollack, William H. Macy, Bob Rafelson, Michael Douglas and Rob Reiner.
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New Documentaries
Musicians, social activists, and humanitarian adventurers dominate the documentaries
showing at Aspen Filmfest. Fresh from the Toronto Film Festival, two-time Oscar winner
Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's Shut Up and Sing about the Dixie Chicks will make one
of its first U.S. bows at the festival. David Leaf and John Scheinfeld delve into the Lennon-
Ono archives for their fascinating documentary, The U.S. vs. John Lennon. Making its
world premier is Mark Harvey’s new timely documentary, A Land out of Time, chronicling
oil and gas drilling in the West including Colorado’s Roan Plateau. (Both screenings of this
film will be followed by a discussion with some of the film’s principals.) Already on the short
track for Oscar consideration is God Grew Tired of Us. Winner of the Sundance Film
Festival’s Grand Jury and Audience Awards, Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker’s film
follows the inspiring true story of three Sudanese refugees who come to America. Tribeca
Film Festival winner Jesus Camp (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady) delves into the heart –
and souls – of America’s Evangelical movement. Rounding out the documentary selection
are two modern adventure stories imbued with a deep humanitarian spirit and set in
geopolitical hotspots: Beyond the Call (Adrian Belic, Ghengis Blues) and the internationally
acclaimed Smiling in a War Zone (Simone Aaberg Kaern, Denmark.)

New Features Including Festival Closer, Stephen Frears’s THE QUEEN
Another film to have one of its first U.S. screenings at Filmfest is The Queen, the latest
from Stephen Frears (Dirty Pretty Things, High Fidelity, Mrs. Henderson Presents). Helen
Mirren stars as HM Elizabeth II in this intimate, often acidly funny behind-the-scenes look at
the British royal family and the newly elected Tony Blair during the days immediately
following the death of Princess Diana.

Other new features include: Starter for Ten (Tom Vaughan, USA/UK), a frequently funny
drama about a working class boy’s first year at Bristol University starring James McAvoy and
executive produced by Tom Hanks. Winner of the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award,
Ira and Abby (directed by Robert Cary, written by and starring Jessica Westfeldt, Kissing
Jessica Stein) offers a sweetly hilarious take on family, fidelity and marriage. (Actors Chris
Messina and Judith Light expected.) Days of Glory (Rachid Bouchereb, France) is a
gripping WWII tale with a powerful message whose ensemble cast received the Best Actor
Award at Cannes Film Festival in May. From France and Israel comes Radu Mihaileanu’s
moving epic Live and Become, which has been garnering audience awards on the
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international festival circuit. A hit in its native Denmark, After the Wedding (Susanne
Biers) is a sober family drama with surprising twists from the creative team of last year’s
acclaimed Brothers. Maria Maggenti’s Puccini for Beginners offers a lighthearted, quick-
witted New York tale about love, commitment and a surprising triangle. A delight at the
Cannes Film Festival, Ten Canoes marks a masterful and thoroughly original collaboration
between Australian director Rolf de Heer and an Aboriginal community. Screenwriter-
turned-director Jeremy Brock’s Driving Lessons stars Rupert Grint (of the Harry Potter
series), Laura Linney and Julie Walters in a coming-of-age drama about an unlikely
friendship. From Argentina comes Daniel Burman’s charming Family Law about a grown
son who’s not quite sure how to follow in his father’s impressive footsteps. Erich Khoo’s Be
with Me is a tender ode to love, destiny and hope from Singapore. Following a time-
honored Filmfest tradition, there will be the annual Surprise Film, also making one of its first
North American debuts.

The 28th annual Aspen Filmfest is grateful for its grantors and sponsors, without which our
festival would not be possible. Our generous supporters include Angel Extraordinaire, The
Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation; Grantors, The City of Aspen and Town of
Snowmass Village; Presenting Sponsor, The Little Nell; Supporting Sponsor, The Aspen
Times; Contributing Sponsor, Aspen Magazine; Hospitality Sponsors, Aspen Alps, Aspen
Square, The Boomerang Lodge, The Gant, Hotel Jerome, Little Red Ski Haus, Molly Gibson
Lodge, Mountain Chalet, North of Nell and Snowmass Lodging Company; Media Sponsors
Aspen Public Radio, KDNK, KSNO, KSPN, Plum TV, and The New York Times. Special thanks
also to our Business Contributors BIOTA, Boogies, Colorado Audio Visual, HD Cinema,
Isberian Rug Company, Paris Underground, The Travel Agents and words pictures colours
graphic design.

Screening in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, tickets for Aspen Filmfest go on sale
to the general public on September 19 and the full schedule (with film descriptions) is
available at For more information, call 970.925.6882.

A non-profit organization presenting festivals, film series, and youth education programs
year-round, Aspen Filmfest is made possible in part by the generosity of Reel People: The
Friends of Aspen Filmfest. For more information on Aspen Filmfest and its programs, please
contact 970.925.6882 or visit