This year saw its share of incredible documentaries, but in 2013 the stand-outs are films that help flesh out the way we see the world. Below are fifteen docs we suggest seeing, from the grisly to uplifting. Click on the name of the film to read its review.
When Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal met at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, it felt as if they had met before. They had: 25 years earlier on the streets of Hollywood, when Boger -- who had been thrown out of his home for being gay -- was nearly beaten to death by Zaal and a group of neo-Nazi skin ... More >>
While Colorado has more than its fair share of mountain-centric film festivals, Telluride Mountainfilm stands out for its diversity. Some of the biggest awards at this year's edition of the 34-year-old conclave went to films with little to no connection to the mountains, including best cinematograph ... More >>
In this week's Voice Film Club podcast, our critics discuss Captain Phillips and Machete Kills, both out on Friday, October 11.
Six college students are pedaling for a purpose for 3,200 miles for Bicycles Against Poverty, and on Wednesday the team will make a pit stop at the Denver Bicycle Cafe. Bicycles against Poverty (BAP) is a non-profit organization that distributes bicycles to low-income entrepreneurs in Africa who pay ... More >>
Global Goods and Coffee Shop opened this spring in Olde Town Arvada with all the trappings of a coffeehouse -- but with a different goal. Global Goods is run by an international nonprofit organization, Global Refuge, that provides immediate aid where it is needed, without getting tangled up in the b ... More >>
"I was so excited! I just got out of Spanish class and ran down the hallway to meet her. It's like meeting a rock star," says Stella Brown, an eighth-grader at Boulder's Horizon's K-8 School. Brown was racing down the hall to meet Teddy Namuyiga -- not Taylor Swift. Namuyiga is one of two Ugandan ... More >>
Self-proclaimed "farmer/midwife/DJ/producer/emcee/touring musician" Ietef Vita was born Michael Walker in Five Points in 1986, part of a family of artists and activists with "a lot of people in my village," he explains, including Brother Jeff and the late storyteller Opalanga Pugh. But that wasn't e ... More >>
New Year's resolutions are typically useless; they're often way too ambitious and usually forgotten by February. But there's value in the ritual of taking stock of the past year and making goals for the year to come. When I was asked about my resolutions, I said couldn't think of a thing I'd like ... More >>
Thirteen bucks is more than twice the amount you'd pay for a pint of Ben & Jerry's or Häagen-Dazs at the grocery store, so how good would ice cream have to be to convince your average foodie to spoon over that kind of cash? The answer? As good as Jeni's Splendid ice Cream, now in the freezer secti ... More >>
The Book of Mormon finally arrived in Denver, freighted with a massive weight of hype, slick marketing, praise and excitement for this musical created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, both Colorado natives. The show had sold out within hours last January, with friends posting photographs of themselves ... More >>
Tuesday, August 7, Bluebird Theater, 888-929-7849.
After six weeks of living under the same roof, 22 promising entrepreneurs from 16 different countries and every walk of life pitched their ventures to hundreds of potential funders, partners and local supporters gathered in Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado Boulder campus on a scorching ... More >>
For some, it was a depressing example of how debased humanitarian causes had become in the age of social media; for others, it was a sincere call to arms against a foreign tyrant. Either way, the Kony 2012 movement will be remembered as the most successful online campaign in the history of the Inter ... More >>
Right now, Tim Tebow is watching the Denver Broncos' attempt to sign Peyton Manning -- a deal that would supplant him as the team's starting quarterback. But many YouTube watchers want him to watch something else -- videos exhorting him to help make murderous Ugandan strongman Joseph Kony famous. An ... More >>
By now your Facebook page has probably exploded with friends' posts of the viral video Kony2012. If you're one of the few who hasn't yet seen the video or read the hash tag on Twitter, Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) of Uganda. He's been terrorizing Uganda and Southern ... More >>
The ecologically minded SustainAbility hosted Recycled Runway, a fashion show Friday night at the Sherman Events Center that attracted an unpretentious collection of hippies, fashionistas, press, parents and those who aren't a typical presence in the fashion world, creating an "awesome mix" of peopl ... More >>
Ietef Cavem Vita, aka DJ Cavem Moetivation, worked the crowd at Artopia, he says, for at least the last four years. But he won't be there tomorrow because he has more important work to do: Today he flies out of Denver on a trip that will eventually land him in Uganda, where he's traveling as a Bold ... More >>
Tim Tebow isn't the only current NFL player to travel overseas on goodwill missions. Seth Olsen, a former Denver Bronco guard now playing for the Indianapolis Colts (although he calls Denver home), recently returned from a ten-day trip to Uganda as part of a team completing a clean-water project. S ... 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 >>
Michael Kiwanuka: A star is born."Folks, a star is born." So wrote AEG impresario Don Strasburg this morning on Facebook in reference to Michael Kiwanuka. And, man, I'm here to tell you: There's clearly a reason that Strasburg does what he does for a living. Dude can spot talent from a mile a ... More >>
Jake Norton, from Golden, CO, is attempting to climb the Triple Seven Summits -- the three highest peaks on each continent -- to raise money to support the Denver-based non-profit Water for PeopleJake Norton, a mountain climber from Golden, CO, is in Uganda this week to climb Mount Stanley's ... More >>
You can call me Franz.This week the world mourns the death of Otto von Habsburg, who championed world unity, opposed the Nazi movement, served as a member of the European Parliament and was the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary. You know, back when Austria and Hungary were hyphenated, in 1 ... More >>
By every conceivable definition, Trey Parker and Matt Stone's The Book of Mormon has been am unqualified success; in fact, considering the sold-out houses, the glowing reviews and the preposterous amount of Tony Award nominations the musical has garnered, it might even be the most successful ... More >>
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the longtime brains behind South Park, Colorado's most famous semi-fictional mountain town, took it all the way to Broadway on Tuesday when The Book of Mormon opened to glowing reviews. The musical, a sendup of Mormon culture starring two "elders" on a mission trip ... More >>
Your Lucky Deals, a deal-of-the-day website that donates 10 percent of every purchase to local charities, launched today in Denver. Started by a brother and sister who grew up in Parker, Your Lucky Deals stands out from other Groupon-esque websites because of its charitable component, says c ... More >>
Oh, camera, you make me LOL.For a project that centers around grief, it's coincidentally a fitting time of year for Andrea Moore to begin her work in PlatteForum's artist residency. An artistic jack-of-all-trades, the writer, photographer and performer moved into PlatteForum yesterday to begi ... More >>
The global village sets up shop at the TACtile Textile Arts Center.
An arm of Urban Skye, a local collective seeking to help "revitalize the urban soul" by hosting cultural and spiritual salons and forums and fostering service projects, the Worldview Film Series meets on the last Thursday of every month with the goal of opening eyes to global issues through film scr ... More >>
The cover illustration for "Open Secrets." The eleven-year battle of one Ugandan immigrant to win asylum in Denver hit a roadblock last week when an attorney for the local office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appealed his case for a third time. Earlier this month, Westword brought ... More >>
War/Dance examines the best and worst of human nature.
Uganda Rising shows Thursday, May 3. Despite a frightening moment two weeks ago, when it appeared that ArgusFest had been killed by founder Jason Bosch (he did send out an email titled "ArgusFest R.I.P.?"), the weekly film series is most certainly alive. Here's his e-mail to his peeps, letting them ... More >>
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