When John Thew took over as the executive director of AspenFilm last year, he still was waiting for full control as veterans George Eldred and Laura Thielen transitioned out and helped him through FilmFest.
Now, after putting the festival together himself for the first time, Thew says the opening night of the festival was a great experience for him.
“We thought maybe 50 people would show up for the reception because it was at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and we had over 200 people show up.”
Thew says he plans to get more word out about the event. Thew says with the advertising and marketing the nonprofit did this year, attendance at films that weren’t expected to be full, did extremely well.
Aspen FilmFest closed last night and the winner of the fan-favorite movie will be announced today. Further attendance numbers will be available at a later date.