The one thing that a film fanatic can expect from the Starz Denver Film Festival 35 (SDFF) is the unexpected, to be taken through a journey to unknown territories when the lights go down. The array of films is expansive, and this past week SDFF gave us a glimpse of what's in store for 2012, with plans to announce the full schedule on Monday, October 15, for the 35th festival that will run from November 1 - 11, 2012.
It is September 11, 2012. The previous year I visited the former 9/11 Twin Towers site in New York City, I brought a letter to make an official statement of reflection and rebirth for all people concerned. Yet this year I sit in the heart of Yorkville, quite purposefully at Bellair, recording a video in relation to the Toronto International Film Festival on the topic of the role of spy agencies within global communications and feature films.
The jewel of any city, whether you’re in Cleveland, Omaha, New York, Portland(ia), or here in Denver, is the art house movie theater. It is where one can experience unique and tantalizing events that celebrate creativity and ingenuity without the need for 3D glasses or servings of oil-soaked popcorn that could feed a circus. Here in Denver that oasis is Denver Film Center ala the Denver Film Society (DFS), and this Thursday and Friday (April 12 and April 13) DFS presents music and Beatles fanatics with an opportunity to be schooled on the making of songwriting history. This weekend you can partake in “Deconstructing THE BEATLES.”
Aspiring Colorado filmmakers, including director Stephen Santa Cruz and cinematographer Joel Stangle, will screen their independent film “Colfax &15th” one night only this coming Monday, March 5 at the Denver Film Center. Santa Cruz spent time discussing his first feature film, what it was like to direct this true story of Denver’s criminal underworld as it intertwines with the bounty retrieval business, but within the context of a fictional screenplay featuring the character Isaac, a man working a dangerous job to survive and make ends meet for his family.
The Grammys often get a sneer from the music elitists (myself included) who see the awards ceremony as a glorification of mainstream sludge, made possible by a 54-year old institution that’s out-of-touch. Coming out of an innovative left field is the documentary film “RE:GENERATION,” directed by Amir Bar Lev( "My Kid Could Paint That," "The Tillman Story") and in association with The Grammys, which showcases today’s influential producer/DJs who remix and collaborate with music veterans to recreate new songs across a myriad of genres.
The day after the 2010 elections, CNN Money posted a telling story, "Final nail in coffin for Net neutrality?" With more GOP in Congress, the threat of cable companies using their corporate influence in the form of lobby dollars to control our access to online content could become a reality. Yes. Control our access to the internet. Companies like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T deciding what you have access to and how fast you can access said information or websites.
If we need to be hit over the head again with a dead fish that's consumed its weight in plastic bits, this is the movie to do it. “Bag It,” directed by Suzan Beraza and narrated by Jeb Berrier, puts a spotlight on one habit that needs to go – our overuse of plastics and in particular, those plastic shopping bags that may look lovely in the movie “Magnolia” but in reality, is toxic in more ways the one.
The divorce rate in this country is over 50%. If only those who settled, who scarified themselves for the life of marital bliss, had a spiritual or universe-related intervention that Johnny Rizzo (Max Baker) experienced, the pain, years and cost of those marital mistakes could have been avoided.
I have been a fan of John Carrey for some time, and after a few hits and misses over the past few years, “I Love You Phillip Morris” feels to have restored him back to comedic glory with Ewan McGregor as the perfect accomplice in this hilarious story.
It was an era that will never repeat. It was New York City in the '70s, when creativity rose from the ashes of the East Village and the Bowery in the form of music, film, and art, stripped down and true to life to the point that one filmmaker was detained by police at the airport for the possession of underground films.