When we talked to Denver Film Society executive director Tom Botelho back in November 2011, the organization was only a month away from bidding farewell to the Starz FilmCenter, which the organization had occupied for a decade -- and he was uncertain where its new home would be. A lot's happened be ... More >>
#85: Judy Anderson When Judy Anderson founded PlatteForum a decade ago, it was a good idea. Over the years, with the help of an enthusiastic team, it's morphed into a great idea -- a well-oiled machine that molds a rare product: Kids pumped up on creativity. The basic idea behind the nonprofit -- ... More >>
The opening evening of the Starz Denver Film Festival always focuses on the love of movies, and last night was no exception. But this year (the fest's 35th), the event was also about...a huge pile of cash. Before a big crowd at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, fest vet Ron Henderson revealed that phi ... More >>
Down to your last $10? Rather than spend it on something boring like food or your electricity bill, do something fun with that Hamilton. September is just a week away, but there are still plenty of ways to get out and have some inexpensive summer fun. From a Fiesta Cookout to comedy festivals with b ... More >>
Paul the Octopus.One of the annual oddities of the Starz Denver Film Festival is the scheduling of the closing night film (this year, the unintentionally hilarious Black Swan) on the event's second-to-the-last day. As usual, Sunday, the day after, featured a full slate of cinema, with The Peo ... More >>
George Hickenlooper and friend.Saturday brought news about the shocking death of George Hickenlooper, Mayor John Hickenlooper's filmmaking cousin, who was in Denver to screen his latest flick, Casino Jack, as part of the Starz Denver Film Festival. The show will go on, says festival director ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the Denver Film SocietyEd Harris with his co-stars for the evening, Starz Denver Film Festival co-founder Ron Henderson and Mayor John Hickenlooper.The Starz Denver Film Festival is seldom able to lure the biggest name actors to make appearances even when using its annual Ma ... More >>
Late Monday, the Denver Film Society announced that a search was already under way for a new executive director to take the place of Bo Smith, who'd finally been dismissed just two days before. "We are looking for a permanent replacement," DFS board chair David Charmatz told me. "We'll decide as a ... More >>
If this were a movie, one insider theorizes, it would be like Crash, with everyone going through the same situation -- but seeing it entirely differently. Last Monday, as Westword was going to press (we have new deadlines for our new format -- although the paper still hits the street Wednesday af ... More >>
Ed Asner as Lou Grant. Ed Asner is back at the Denver International Film Festival -- at least on film. The irascible star of Lou Grant came to Denver 21 years ago, when the completely forgettable O'Hara's Wife opened the festival in 1987. But former festival director Ron Henderson won't forget one ... More >>
The Denver Film Festival just keeps on rolling.
Boogie Man examines one of the most polarizing political figures.
The Denver Film Society has announced that executive director Scott Rowitz will be taking off for a position at the California Film Institute. Rowitz has held the post since 2002 and has overseen significant growth in general ticket sales as well as increased attendance at the Starz Denver Film F ... More >>
Closing night didn't shut the door on the 30th annual Starz Denver Film Festival. Other selections began unspooling around the same time or after the start of this bash at other participating theaters, and a full slate of flicks was available for viewing the following day. As such, the November 17 e ... More >>
The folks behind the 30th annual Starz Denver Film Festival didn’t discover Juno, the film at the center of the bash’s November 10 “Big Night” presentation at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The indie previously received major plaudits at festivals in Rome and Hollywood, and the buzz around ... More >>
A pair of events included in Saturday's Denver Film Festival slate ran the qualitative gamut. Things started on a positive note with a tribute to Vilmos Zsigmond, 76, a Hungary-born cinematographer who made some of the most visually distinctive American films of the 1970s, and is still active today ... More >>
Colorado filmmaking is alive and well
Ron Henderson's role in the DIFF deserves top billing.