Denver movie lovers should invest in some eye drops and caffeine pills and brace themselves for a nonstop month of cinematic bliss. To get a sense of just how much is going on, consider all the festivals that deserve mention yet didn't make this list: The Southern Colorado Film Festival, Trindie Fest, the Breckenridge Festival of Film, the Crested Butte Film Festival, Moondance International Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival and even the Bow Wow Film Festival -- a series of films about dogs.
So get ready to gorge on popcorn and watch movies till your eyes bleed. Here are this month's top ten movie events.
10) Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema September 5-6 CU Atlas Blackbox These days, there are festivals for everything: GI Joes, zombies, fracking and more. But Sans Souci has a unique focus on dance cinema -- movies that capture the human body in motion. And not just tap, ballet and modern dance. Many of these films ditch the stage for real world environments and explore trendy topics like surveillance, mapping and the fluidity of gender. Free snacks will be provided. Video installations show at 7 p.m. and the free screenings start at 7:30.
9) Harlan County USA September 7 SIE FilmCenter Too many modern documentaries trade in live action for a string of well-lit talking heads or a know-it-all voice of God that tells viewers what to think and then calls that reality. Not so in Barbara Kopple's Harlan County USA. Accompanied by the twangy folk songs of Hazel Dickens, this 1976 Academy Award winning documentary follows the violent struggle between 180 coal miners and the Duke Power Company by showing the conflict unfold first-hand. Tickets cost $1 and the movie starts at 2 p.m.
8) The Godfather Double Feature September 7 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather trilogy was two-thirds perfect, and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be showing Part I and II, only the best of these movies about the Corleone family, blood-bound mobsters struggling with power and the decay of old-world mafia values. With Nino Rota's haunting score and exquisite performances by Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, these 378 minutes of cinematic glory will be accompanied by a specially prepared six-course Italian meal sans blood. The movies starts at 2 p.m. and tickets cost $60 for the films, food and drink. Read on for the rest of September's 10 best movie events.
7) Found Footage Festival Volume 7 September 6 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Joe Pickett from The Onion and Nick Prueher from The Colbert Report have joined forces to guide viewers through some of the quirkiest found-films the two could get their hands on. The collection come from a variety of sources: the VHS bin at the Goodwill, industrial training and exercise videos and more. The duo has been traveling the country and providing commentary over their selection of oddball abandoned and discarded films. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. and reserved admission costs $12.
6) Cinema Contra Presents: BEYOND BELIEF!! September 21 Stage Fam Fam 3547 Brighton Boulevard Local cinephile Anthony Buchanan has curated his own series of found-films -- and when he says film, he means film. He's showing a series of 16mm prints featuring religious rants, movies about UFOs, Bigfoot, the occult, ghosts and beyond. Expect a wild array of colliding values in this frenetic trip through the weirder corners of our cinematic past. The show starts at 8:30. For more information, contact Anthony Buchanan.
5) Alphaville September 19 SIE FilmCenter In the 1960s, French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard transformed cinema history by borrowing heavily from the language of United States' genre films to create philosophically and politically charged movies reflecting that decade's seismic social shifts. His 1965 dystopic science fiction classic Alphaville is set in a world not particularly different than the '60s, but infinitely more sinister, where a hard-boiled detective attempts to take out an all-powerful, authoritarian regime's menacing computer. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and tickets cost $10 for non-members and $7 for Denver Film Society members.
4) CineLatino September 25-28 SIE FilmCenter In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the SIE FilmCenter will be hosting CineLatino, a festival of the best of recently produced Latino films. The lineup includes documentaries about immigration, mariachi music, lucha libre wrestling as well as a handful of fiction selections, like the opening night film Water in Power. Director Richard Montoya will present the film in person. An all access pass costs $60 and tickets are available to individual screenings.
Read on for the rest of September's best movie events.
3) First Person Cinema: Jodie Mack September 22 Visual Arts Complex Auditorium 1B20 One of the region's overlooked treasures is Boulder's First Person Cinema series, which hosts in-person presentations by a variety of filmmakers and curators working on the front lines of experimental cinema. In September, animator Jodie Mack will be showing a program of her 16mm films that walk the line between artful abstraction and graphic design. Tickets cost $4 and the screening starts at 7 p.m.
2) Rian Johnson September 21-23 Alamo Drafthouse CInema The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has snagged filmmaker Rian Johnson, whose films Looper, Brick and The Brothers' Bloom have propelled him from the indie film world all the way to Hollywood where he will likely be directing the next Star Wars sequel. You can check-out Johnson in person at the Alamo for a rare three-day appearance. He will be presenting both his work and John Huston's Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
1) Docuwest September 10-15 SIE FilmCenter Documentary lovers, hold on tight. Docuwest is the region's hottest festival of non-fiction films. Featuring mostly Colorado premieres, the festival promises a broad selection of some of the best, recent documentaries and in-person appearances from many of the filmmakers who created them. Highlights include Marshall Curry's Point and Shoot, Sebastian Junger's Korengal and Jeff Hinman and Jeff Johnson's Bert Kreischer: I am the Machine.
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