Editor's note: This year's Starz Denver Film Festival, November 12-22, features more than 200 films. To help navigate this cinematic abundance of riches, we asked fest artistic director Brit Withey to highlight some worthy selections off the beaten screening-room path. Look for Brit's Picks each weekday through the extravaganza's close.
The title of FILM IST. A Girl & a Gun, screening at 7:15 p.m. tonight at the Starz FilmCenter, immediately signals an uncommon creation -- and thank goodness, says Brit Withey. In his words, "It's an experimental film, avant-garde cinema -- and a true piece of art. It's one of my favorite films in the entire festival this year, for sure."
Predictably, describing such an unusual piece isn't easy -- but Withey gives it a shot. "It's a little over ninety minutes of archival footage that the director, Gustav Deutsch, has put together -- and most of the footage is from the early 1900s. It's an eclectic mix divided into four chapters with names like 'Love' and 'Death.' And the little pieces of film he's found, from places like the Kinsey Institute and the Austrian film archives, are just incredible."
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The results "are kind of a meditation on film itself," he continues. "It's not something you can necessarily interpret. You just have to sit back and watch it. It's really extraordinary."