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Aspen Art Museum


Sunday Cinema: Piercing Brightness

Aug 31, 2014
8:00 PM
637 E. Hyman Ave

The Aspen Art Museum’s new moving image program series, Sunday Cinema, presents various formats of film on the last Sunday of every month accompanied by a special menu at SO, the museum café.


Piercing Brightness is the debut feature film directed by acclaimed visual artist Shezad Dawood, scripted by cult novelist Kirk Lake with an original score by Makoto Kawabata of Acid Mothers Temple (Japan) and featuring music by Alexander Tucker.

Two youths land in a spaceship outside the town of Preston in the United Kingdom. Their mission: to re-establish contact and affect the retrieval of the “Glorious 100” sent to earth millennia ago in human form to study and observe the development of another race. After making contact with one of the 100, now a Pakistani shopkeeper, they discover that many of their kind have become corrupted, forgetting their original purpose and slowly becoming influenced by and in turn influencing their adopted home.

Inspired by Lancashire having the highest rate of UFO sightings in the UK, Piercing Brightness was commissioned by In Certain Places, which examines the role of artists in the city. Eerily beautiful, the film employs different formats and archival footage of UFO sightings to create a film that is as experimental as it is entertaining.

At 6:30 p.m., a special dinner menu will be available beforehand at the museum café, SO, optional to enjoy before the start of the film with prior registration.


Champagne Toast

Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial - Reims, France


Local Tomatoes, Wild Arugula, Olive Dust & Broken Basil Vinaigrette

Hoffstatter, Pinot Grigio – Tentino-Alto-Adige, Italy


“White Lasagna” - Roasted Chicken, Local Kale, Homemade Noodles, and Roasted Late Summer Vegetables, Marinated Haricot Verte

Lyric by Etude, Pinot Noir – Carneros


Pistachio Ice Cream “Sandwich” - Espresso Chocolate Sauce



Kid’s Antipasto – Veggies & Ranch Dip, Salami, Cheese & Crackers


Roasted Organic Chicken Legs & Thighs, Julia’s Mac & Cheese, Local Buttery Green Beans


Mini Brownie Sundae - Cinnamon Ice Cream & Chocolate Sauce


Dinner is $50 per adult with $25 wine pairings; $20 for kids. The film screening is free.

Pre-registration is required and will be secured with a credit card, as space is limited. RSVP at

Support for Sunday Cinema is provided by The Etkin Family Digital Media and Moving Image Fund. AAM education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.