#35: Brit Withey As artistic director of the Denver Film Society, Brit Withey is the man behind the curtain pulling all levers when it comes to bringing innovative, rare and artful film to the Sie FilmCenter for special screenings throughout the year. But at the annual Starz Denver Film Festival, w ... More >>
Yesterday, a Los Angeles jury determined that AEG Live, owned by local gazillionaire Phil Anschutz, was not responsible for singer Michael Jackson's June 2009 death despite having hired Dr. Conrad Murray, currently serving time for his role in the tragedy. The result is another win for Anschutz, wh ... More >>
Starting this week the ArgusFest will add a second night for its screenings, at a new location: The Concoctory, a DIY creative space on South Broadway. ArgusFest, which started in 2001, has held over a thousand awareness-raising events focusing on human rights, social justice, media, the environmen ... More >>
Yeah, air-conditioning is nice. But this week is all about getting free from your house and enjoying the great outdoors -- for free. You can watch Despicable Me in the park, catch a live dance performance, or see an HBO documentary on a farm. For more events, go to the Westword calendar, and share o ... More >>
Whether you're broke after a weekend of partying or simply a frugal, responsible adult who likes to go out for free, there's plenty in Denver to do this week that won't cost a dime. Choose to learn about green energy at the annual Earth Day celebration, watch a series of free form short films, and/o ... More >>
Denver has zombie walks, zombie proms, zombie races, zombie car washes and zombie fashion shows, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that a pair of Denver filmmakers have launched an ambitious zombie documentary. Alexandre O. Philippe and Robert Muratore, the pair behind the Star Wars doc The People ... More >>
The full lineup of the 2012 Starz Denver Film Fest won't be released until next week, but fans of the weird, dark and twisted elements of the festival's programming got a sneak peek Friday when the festival's Watching Hour lineup was revealed. This year's batch of late-night favorites includes the b ... More >>
The DocuWest Documentary Film Festival, a Westword Best of Denver recipient, will continue to champion nonfictional film when the tight little fest returns to the Foothills Art Center and other satellite locations tonight. Nearly forty films of varying lengths, many of them Colorado premieres, will ... More >>
Lakewood mayor Bob Murphy stood in front of Lasley Elementary students today and talked about how the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff view obesity as a national security issue, since 27 percent of all applicants for the armed forces are too obese to serve. The rest of the festivities were more upbeat, bu ... More >>
Not enough history for you in History Colorado? Did you want more context in the exhibit devoted to the Sand Creek Massacre? That was one of the complaints in the New York Times piece on the new facility -- which echoed some of Michael Paglia's criticisms of History Colorado. There are ways to fill ... More >>
Director/producer Todd Cassetty is used to working with pop sensations like Taylor Swift. He produced two Taylor Swift music videos and seven Taylor Swift TV specials -- most notably, her 2010 NBC Thanksgiving Special. More recently, though Cassetty has set his sights on a culture somewhat less pred ... More >>
Thirteen years and a hundred school shootings later, why is Hollywood still obsessed with this one?
It looks like March is roaring in like a lion just in time for the weekend, but that doesn't mean there aren't a ton of things to do for fun. From Johnny Depp's classic bad-boy role in Cry-Baby to a whole slew of art openings, we've got plenty of interesting events to attend that won't maul your poc ... More >>
Colorado-based filmmaker Daniel Junge won an Oscar tonight for Saving Face, the short documentary film that follows a Pakistani plastic surgeon dedicated to performing reconstructive surgery on women who've been attacked with acid. Read an interview with Junge about Saving Face.
This isn't Daniel Junge's first trip to the Oscars. The Colorado-based filmmaker was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010 for his documentary The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner; this time he's nominated in the Documentary Short category for Saving Face, a film that follows a Pakist ... More >>
In December, we caught up with Andy Raney and Jeremy Make, the local co-creators of kART Across America, a documentary devoted to their 108-day trek across the United States in a fussy, broken-down golf kart named Christine. On Thursday, Michael Moore caught up with them -- on NPR. In a Talk of the ... More >>
"Last year, five percent of movies were made by women," says Karla Rodriguez of the Denver FilmCenter. Which is exactly why this second annual edition of Women Film Voices is imperative -- to shine a light on a corner of the film-making world that is often overlooked. The lineup for the festival, ... More >>
Tom Botelho.Denver Film Society executive director Tom Botelho is still recovering from the just-concluded Starz Denver Film Festival; he's got a severe cold. But the word of mouth about the fest makes him feel better, and so do attendance and revenue figures, both of which appear to be up ov ... More >>
When filmmaker Larry Wessel started working on ICONOCLAST, he didn't know it was going to turn into a six-year filming project. But then again, his subject, Boyd Rice, has been a wild and curious abstraction of a performer, whose work in music with the NON was a forerunner in noise and indust ... More >>
Finally, November is here, and if the rent and bills are paid up, you may have a little extra cash to spend on miscellaneous nonsense. Thankfully, we have plenty of it, with the especially exciting The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists providing a whole slew of fun experiments to do w ... More >>
In 2006, Diego Ramos started shooting a web-based documentary on the Colorado music scene, but he says it was a little ahead of its time. So last summer, Ramos, who's worked as director of photography on the Discovery Channel's Disappeared, started filming other local acts for another project ... More >>
Though it's largely been forgotten in the annals of crack-pottery and snake-oil salesmanship, the story of Mark Kostabi is one of the art world's weirdest and most head-slappingly dumb. A darling of the high-rolling '80s New York scene, Kostabi and his rise to fame and riches on the backs of ... More >>
Craft beer has been the star of a recent documentary, a television series and a couple of Youtube videos over the past year, now another feature-length documentary is scheduled to be released this summer. Most of these efforts have been serious, noble -- sometimes overly so. Leave it to the ... More >>
Thursday, January 27, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Netflix's instant streaming service is quite possibly the most amazing service in the history of mankind. Combing through its offerings, however, is no easy task. Thankfully, we've spent an inordinate amount of time watching music documentaries (so you don't have to) and have narrowed down th ... More >>
The outlaw novelist is in. More than two decades ago, freelance writer Gregory Daurer thought it would be cool to track down William S. Burroughs at Naropa and hook him up to a brain machine. Audio excerpts of Daurer's interview with Burroughs surface in a new documentary on the outlaw novel ... More >>
Every once and a while we pretend like we want to learn things and watch documentaries, but only if they're available for free somewhere. Luckily, we just found a new one to watch, and this one involves a band we've never heard of (One-Eyed Doll), doing things we never figured bands did (they eat? ... More >>
The documentary American Artifact highlights the history of rock poster art.
Fresh City Life explores the worlds of documentarian Warner Herzog.
Iron Ladies of Liberia takes an in-depth look at the country's new leader.