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The Ten Best Film Events in September in Denver

Denver movie lovers should invest in some eye drops and caffeine pills and brace themselves for a nonstop month of cinematic bliss. To get a sense of just how much is going on, consider all the festivals that deserve mention yet didn't make this list: The Southern Colorado Film Festival, Trindie Fest, the Breckenridge Festival of Film, the Crested Butte Film Festival, Moondance International Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival and even the Bow Wow Film Festival -- a series of films about dogs.

So get ready to gorge on popcorn and watch movies till your eyes bleed. Here are this month's top ten movie events.

See also: Ten best Denver movie theaters for catching a summer blockbuster

10) Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema September 5-6 CU Atlas Blackbox These days, there are festivals for everything: GI Joes, zombies, fracking and more. But Sans Souci has a unique focus on dance cinema -- movies that capture the human body in motion. And not just tap, ballet and modern dance. Many of these films ditch the stage for real world environments and explore trendy topics like surveillance, mapping and the fluidity of gender. Free snacks will be provided. Video installations show at 7 p.m. and the free screenings start at 7:30. 9) Harlan County USA September 7 SIE FilmCenter Too many modern documentaries trade in live action for a string of well-lit talking heads or a know-it-all voice of God that tells viewers what to think and then calls that reality. Not so in Barbara Kopple's Harlan County USA. Accompanied by the twangy folk songs of Hazel Dickens, this 1976 Academy Award winning documentary follows the violent struggle between 180 coal miners and the Duke Power Company by showing the conflict unfold first-hand. Tickets cost $1 and the movie starts at 2 p.m. 8) The Godfather Double Feature September 7 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather trilogy was two-thirds perfect, and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be showing Part I and II, only the best of these movies about the Corleone family, blood-bound mobsters struggling with power and the decay of old-world mafia values. With Nino Rota's haunting score and exquisite performances by Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, these 378 minutes of cinematic glory will be accompanied by a specially prepared six-course Italian meal sans blood. The movies starts at 2 p.m. and tickets cost $60 for the films, food and drink. Read on for the rest of September's 10 best movie events.
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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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