Aspen gets a sneak peak of a highly-anticipated summer film this week, thanks to Aspen Film.
The local film arts organization is screening “Hope Springs” on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Paepcke Auditorium, more than a week before the new comedy’s national release.
Directed by David Frankel, the man behind “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Marley & Me” and “The Big Year,” and written by Vanessa Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), the film stars Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a devoted couple trying to spice up their marriage. Steve Carell stars as their sex therapist at a retreat in the small town of Great Hope Springs.
It was produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists and Guymon Casady of Management 360. Escape Artists has a long-standing relationship with the local organization, which swayed the producers to do the screening here.
“All of us at Escape Artists have been long time fans and supporters of Aspen Film and are proud and happy that the organization will be presenting ‘Hope Springs’ as an advance preview screening,” says Black.
Proceeds from the advance screening will directly support the year-round programs of Aspen Film, the local cinematic stalwart that hosts the Aspen Filmfest every fall (this year it runs from Oct. 2 to 7).
“We are truly honored to bring this film to Aspen for an advanced preview,” says Aspen Film’s board president Howard Gross. “Aspen Film strives to bring exceptional access to films through special events such as these and relies on the support from the community to continue to make them happen.”
General admission tickets for Hope Springs are $20 and on sale through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House box office and at aspenshowtix.com. If available, tickets will also be sold at Paepcke Auditorium starting 30 minutes before show time.