Aspen Film Announces Special Events and Guests as Part of 40th Anniversary Filmfest.

As a follow-up to the announcement of the film program for its 40th Anniversary Filmfest, Aspen Film has released the line-up of special events and in-town guests as part of the festival taking place September 23-29, 2019. Advance film and event tickets will be available for purchase to Aspen Film members beginning today, Wednesday, September 4, and to the public on Monday, September 9. Individual tickets can be purchased at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office and at Festival passes and memberships can be purchased online at

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Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond, filmmaker Michelle Esrick, and Mount Sinai psychologist Jacob Ham, PhD, discuss childhood trauma, complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and healing.Dr. Ham is director of the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Road to Resilience Podcast: An honest conversation on what it is really like to live with Trauma and Complex PTSD as well as a compassionate approach for healing.


Allison Stewart host of All Of It on WNYC

Director Michelle Esrick and Darrell Hammond speak with Allison Stewart, host of All Of It on WNYCC. (Interview begins at 34:07)

Leonard Lopate at Large

Director Michelle Esrick and Darrell Hammond meet with Lenard Lopate for a look behind the mask of one of the world’s preeminent impressionists.

"Cracked Up is a very powerful, great story. It certainly struck a chord with me" 
CNN, John Vause

“I think this movie is going to help a lot of people." 
- WNYC - All Of It, Allison Stewart

"Esrick said, 'It's Darrell's story, but it's a bigger story that we both wanted to tell" 

"Hammond's hero's journey of helping others is now well underway — a sign of his hard-won and ongoing healing"
Psychology Today

"Hammond and the film’s director, Michelle Esrick, hope the film will encourage more doctors to learn how to identify and treat trauma"
New York Post

"The bulk of the documentary concerns...weighty topics, but Hammond also reveals some nuggets about his comedy life, which, for a guy who was on SNL for 14 seasons, has gone curiously under-documented, until now"
New York Magazine - Vulture

"Esrick felt if people knew this was a biological issue it would lift the shame and the stigma. The film is really about the long-term effects of childhood trauma"
The Daily Beast

"I've been struck and remarkably impressed by director Michelle Esrick's powerful new film, Cracked Up"
David Tereshchuk, The Media Beat