Arts and Culture

Aspen Filmfest Brings the Drama, Mile High Horror Brings the Chills to Colorado Screens This Fall

Fall is coming in faster than a crisp breeze, and so is news of a new season of film festivals, including two beloved fests that just announced their expanded line-ups this week.

First up is the 37th Annual Aspen Filmfest, which is counting on the changing leaves to lure filmgoers to the resort town to take in the sights, both in nature and on a movie screen. The fest runs September 25-30, and this year's program also marks a changing of the guard for Aspen Film that produces the festival, "Aspen Film is honored to present Laura Thielen and George Eldred's final Aspen Film program and we are thrilled to introduce audiences to our new artistic director, Maggie Mackay," says executive director John Thew. "Maggie and I look forward to continuing the growth of Aspen Film."

The festival has long been known as home to a collection of films that will become household names as award season gears up, and this year’s crop seems ripe in that respect, as screenings of buzzworthy documentary City of Gold and indie drama Room lead and close out the fest. For the complete schedule of all twenty-one films go to Aspen Film member ticket pre-sales begin Friday, September 4. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, September 11; get them at

The following weekend, October 1-4, a cold chill moves into Denver as the Mile High Horror Film Festival returns to the Alamo Drafthouse for its 2015 edition. Over the last few weeks, news has emerged of a lot of special “classic” screenings — anniversary showings of The Descent (with director Neil Marshall), Return of the Living Dead (with scream queen Linnea Quigley), The Phantom of the Opera (with Ron Chaney) and The Shining (with creepy twins Lisa & Louise Burns) — and this week media partner Fangoria Magazine announced a special screening of Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects with none other than Captain Spaulding himself, Sid Haig, in attendance.

Along with those retrospectives, Mile High Horror just announced a first wave of new programming, featuring festival hits The Final Girls, Sun Choke and The Invitation, to name a few. Also being highlighted are screenings of two holiday-centric anthology films: Tales of Halloween and A Christmas Horror Story — with special guests. See the current line-up at the Mile High Horror website.
Limited Mile High Horror memberships and festival badges are available at, with individual tickets going on sale Wednesday, September 9.

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Keith Garcia is a filmmaker, writer and secret agent looking for love and the perfect slice of pizza. If he looks familiar, it's probably because he introduced a film you watched in Denver sometime between 1996 and 2014.
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