Anderson Ranch and Aspen Film Collaborate in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month | Culture & Leisure


In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Anderson Ranch and Aspen Film will host a “Dinner and Movie” event on Wednesday featuring the 1992 Mexican romantic drama “Water for Chocolate,” as well as a multi-course meal. inspired by the kitchen from the movie.

The event will take place on the Anderson Ranch campus in Snowmass from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A cocktail will open the evening, followed by the screening of the film and a sit-down dinner, accompanied by mezcal chords courtesy of Doña Vega Mezcal. All participants must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event.

“We’re thrilled to have this full evening,” said Susan Wrubel, Artistic Director and Artistic Director of Aspen Film. “We love the very idea of ​​the film as a showpiece for all art forms, and in this case, incorporating cocktails and food to create a holistic cultural experience.”

Aspen Film and Anderson Ranch Arts Center have been discussing collaborative programming for several years, and the two local arts organizations have finally teamed up for the first time this summer, co-producing monthly movie nights.

Katherine Roberts, director of marketing and communications for Anderson Ranch, explained how they changed the format of their summer film series for the July screening of “Babette’s Feast”, by hosting a “Dinner and film “in conjunction with the five Anderson Ranch films. Appreciation Week fundraising day.

“It was such a huge success that we decided to keep this format,” said Roberts. “So for this encore partnership event, we thought, wouldn’t it be nice to put together an artistically minded film and provide a film-themed four-course meal as part of our lineup of the Hispanic Heritage Month. ”

Roberts and Wrubel both highlighted how this collaborative cultural programming around Hispanic Heritage Month is a new concept, noting that this year marks the first time they’ve done something like this before.

“When the Ranch said it wanted to spotlight Hispanic Heritage Month, we immediately agreed,” Wrubel said. “The film experience opens windows to different cultures and communities, and as a broadcasting arts organization, we believe these film collaborations have an impact – to work with other groups and amplify their message.”

Wrubel explained how Aspen Film has hosted a few virtual dinner and movie screening events since the pandemic began and found this concept to be something people really embrace. She specifically mentioned the live presentation of Aspen Film co-hosted with “Voces Unidas De Las Montañas” in March 2021, featuring the documentary “Truly Texas Mexican,” with a salsa-making demo and a conversation guided by a panel examining the role of women and food in the history and culture of South Texas.

“Using a film to show how women developed this culture and how this cuisine came about really opened a lot of eyes and conversations on this topic,” Wrubel said. “The Tex-Mex cultural showcase we did in March made us think this was incredibly important – the cinematic experience as a powerful platform to tell stories and illustrate different lifestyles and amazing people doing extraordinary things. ”

With a large Latino population in the Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen Film and Anderson Ranch are working to better integrate this community into the programming, leadership and language of their organizations.

According to Wrubel, Aspen Film is looking to recruit another full-time education coordinator, and with the aspiration to showcase more bilingual material and do more with the lower valley communities, Wrubel wants someone one who is bilingual with a foothold in the Hispanic community to fill this position.

“We’re an Aspen-based organization, but Aspen is not as heterogeneous as other cities in the middle and lower valley,” Wrubel said.“We have great educational programs, bringing filmmakers into the classroom, and we would like to cultivate these relationships for these students as well.”

In addition to the culinary cultural experience and screening on Wednesday night, Anderson Ranch hosted a community celebration last Saturday as part of its Hispanic Heritage Month programming, which included a project to create murals for children, bingo in Spanish and music, dance, crafts and food.

Roberts also discussed the “Day of the Dead Art Activity” event on October 30. In collaboration with the Basalt Regional Library, Anderson Ranch presents this community gathering – free and open to all ages – for people to come to Basalt Library and create altars from mixed materials.

“We’re always looking for ways to engage with all facets of our community and be as inclusive as possible through our programming,” said Roberts. “We made sure the marketing materials were bilingual for these events, with Spanish translations on all of our posters. ”

Through their collaborative efforts and leading arts organizations, Roberts and Wrubel are committed to creating a space for cultural expansion in this community.

“Art creates common ground for people and we hope we can provide a space and place for different members of the community to come together and find commonalities through a shared practice around the arts,” said Roberts. .

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