Filmfest announces special guest appearances at September festival |

Filmfest announces special guest appearances at September festival

ASPEN – Aspen Filmfest will welcome Rob Reiner, Bob Rafelson, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy as guests at Aspen Filmfest’s 27th edition.The film luminaries will participate in presentations ranging from an evening tribute to the screening of a new feature. Aspen Filmfest takes place Sept. 28 through Oct. 2 at the Springs Theatre in Glenwood Springs, the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale, and the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.Reiner, a writer, director, producer and actor, created such contemporary classics as “When Harry Met Sally,” “The Princess Bride,” “A Few Good Men,” and “This Is Spinal Tap.” He will be honored with Aspen Filmfest’s Independent by Nature Award on Sept. 30 at the Wheeler Opera House. Past recipients of the annual honor include Macy, Michael Douglas, Anjelica Huston and Sydney Pollack. A benefit dinner for Filmfest’s year-round youth education programs will follow the evening tribute.”We’re delighted to celebrate Rob and his tremendous contribution to film. Whether working in comedy or drama, he captures the many nuances of human nature,” said Filmfest executive director Laura Thielen. “His insights have led to compelling stories with memorable characters beloved by audiences of all ages.”Veteran filmmaker Rafelson, the first recipient of the Independent by Nature Award, returns to the festival to teach a master class on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Wheeler Opera House. Director of acclaimed films such as “Five Easy Pieces,” “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” and “Mountains of the Moon,” Rafelson will discuss his film career and illustrate the art and craft of directing with clips from several of his movies.”Bob was instrumental in reinvigorating a moribund American cinema at a very important time. A masterful director who launched the careers of several performers, Bob is also a marvelous raconteur,” said associate film programmer Amy Townsend. “We anticipate this will be a very interactive forum where audiences will have the chance to ask lots of questions. It’s a rare opportunity to learn from one of our finest filmmakers.”Aspen Filmfest also welcomes back Huffman and Macy for a special screening of their latest collaboration, the funny and poignant “Transamerica,” on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Wheeler Opera House. Among the first films Harvey Weinstein – of Miramax fame – acquired for his new distribution company, “Transamerica” is a first feature by writer/director Duncan Tucker.Huffman won the Best Actress award at the Tribeca Film Festival for her role as Bree, a prim and proper transsexual who learns she has a grown son. Macy, recipient of the 2001 Independent by Nature Award, serves as the film’s executive producer.”We’re excited to welcome Felicity and Bill back to the festival. We have extremely fond memories of their festival visit in 2001 when Bill received our Independent by Nature Award,” said Thielen. “‘Transamerica’ is an unusual and fascinating project and our guests have so much to say about it.”A festival lineup will be available online at starting Sept. 9 and tickets go on sale Sept. 21. For more information, visit or call 925-6882.

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