Kiowa Winans stands in the garage of her West Highland home, shaking a lifeless child. "This is our stuffed Quinn," she says, clutching the little-girl-sized doll. She's referring to Quinn Hunchar, the actress who, at the age of eight, played Emma in the cult film Ink,. The movie was written and di ... More >>
You can find art all over town -- not just on gallery walls. In this series, we'll be looking at some of the local artists who serve up their work in coffeehouses and other non-gallery businesses around town. Suzanne Heintz, a local local photographer and self-proclaimed spinster, recently saw her ... More >>
This year marks the 36th opening night for the Denver Film Festival, and like the previous 35, last night's kickoff event took place against a backdrop of glitter, glamour and anticipation. And if director Jason Reitman's Labor Day, which unspooled at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House before many of th ... More >>
Hey, Denver: We've got game. For the last 35 years, we've been able to boast a world-class film festival, and this year's 36th Starz Denver Film Festival only ups the ante. The full schedule, released on Monday and tucked into today's issue of Westword (and also available online), proves the point. ... 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 >>
"If I can avoid putting anything from the movie in the movie poster, then I'm doing okay," says artist Jay Shaw. His film- poster art, which has taken off over the past year as he's worked with Austin collectible art boutique Mondo, rarely includes characters, actors or anything from the actual movi ... 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 >>
Big pics below.The 2011 Starz Denver Film Festival's slogan is "Roll out the Red" -- a reference to the many red carpet screenings on tap over the next week and a half or so. The first of those took place last night at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House -- or, as Like Crazy director Drake Doremus ... More >>
Chris GravesFilm producer Chris Graves, who also runs Bardo Coffee House on South Broadway, first thought up the idea for his new Denver-based sitcom pilot, 13th and Pearl, fifteen years ago. "I used to hang out around 13th and Pearl back in the day, in the mid-90s, and I thought it would ma ... More >>
"Rabbit Hole."When programmers chose Rabbit Hole to open the Starz Denver Film Festival, they likely did so because of its quality and local link; director John Cameron Mitchell is from Colorado Springs. But this meditation on a couple dealing with a child's death is appropriate for another r ... More >>
That arched eyebrow will pop!After watching HD television for a while, viewers tend to consider standard channels to be hopelessly fuzzy. It's like looking at the world through the bottom of a Coke bottle. So local Comcast spokewoman Cindy Parsons has good news for every subscriber who wishe ... More >>
"The Last Station."In 2007 and 2008, the Starz Film Festival's annual "Big Night" presentation truly lived up to its name, screening Juno, a smart, sharp-tongued charmer that went on to become an unlikely left-field smash (and earn screenwriter Diablo Cody an Oscar), and Slumdog Millionaire, ... More >>
An animated film follows two epic tales of lost love.
Some people circle the globe on impossibly difficult trips for money (if you think you're one of those, better log on and register to line up for tomorrow's Amazing Race tryouts at the Wilderness Experience. Good luck, dudes.). Swiss ultra runner Serge Roetheli, on the other hand, circumnavigated th ... More >>
As I watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade last week with my daughter, most of the attractions just passed me by, an endless queue of deservedly frozen smiles (marching for miles through the canyons of NYC in the dead of November is no picnic, folks), slick marching bands, Snoopy and the balloon ga ... More >>
The Last Night presentation of the Denver Film Festival should be a triumphant moment: an opportunity to sum up all that's best about the fest in one last blast of cinematic joy. But it doesn't always work out that way, as is demonstrated by the 2007 blog "August Rush Closes the Denver Film Festival ... More >>
Dev Pateal and Freida Pinto in Slumdog Millionaire. Last year's so-called Big Night at the Denver Film Festival featured Juno, a small-scale comedy about a pregnant teen that inspired the blog "Juno Lives Up to the Hype at the Starz Denver Film Festival" before becoming a left-field box-office suc ... More >>
Justin Dillon. Musician Justin Dillon had never made a film before, but he felt he had to do something about the horrific reality of human trafficking. Thus was born Call Response, a part-documentary, part-concert film that opens Friday, October 10 at the Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli Student U ... More >>
The Denver Art Museum's film series, which has provided area film buffs with a wonderful opportunity to see classic cinema on the big screen for over a decade, is dead. DAM film curator Tom Delapa, who took on the film programming role in 1998 and joined the curatorial staff in 2004, confirms that h ... More >>
Like any journalist who sticks around long enough, I've occasionally been interviewed myself. I've chatted with the greats: Peter Boyles, Joan London, even Phil Donahue, in all his pre-Oprah glory. I once had a meaningful five minutes with Katie Couric, thanks to a remote hook-up — I stared bleary ... More >>
From the week of November 17, 2005
The 28th Starz Denver International Film Festival is ready for action.
The Starz Denver International Film Festival unspools for the 27th time.
Exploring the beauty of sadness, Orbit Service spins tales best heard sitting down.
The Tornado Dream
DAM houses a revealing Asian exhibit
DIFF returns with a ton of movies and plenty of heavyweight stars.
Denver's film fest looks forward and back.
Full of conspiracies, all The Skulls lacks is a brain.