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Brit's Pick for the Starz Denver Film Festival, November 18: Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

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Editor's note: This year's Starz Denver Film Festival, November 12-22, features more than 200 films. To help navigate this cinematic abundance of riches, we asked fest artistic director Brit Withey to highlight some worthy selections off the beaten screening-room path. Look for Brit's Picks each weekday through the extravaganza's close.

These days, independent movies that actually employ old-fashioned film are becoming increasingly rare due to the ease and relative economy associated with working in digital. For that reason, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, screening at 4:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. today at the Starz FilmCenter, is something of a throwback. "It's a lovely, black and white American independent film shot on 16 millimeter," notes Brit Withey. "That doesn't happen very much anymore. It feels like a film that could have been made 25 years ago."

In a good way.

Filmmaker Damien Chazelle's offering "is the story of a young couple," Withey continues. "The guy's a trumpet player and the woman works in a restaurant -- and it's a kind of music-romance combination. There are these great little scene where musical dance numbers break out in the middle of nowhere."

In Withey's view, Guy and Madeline is "unlike anything else in the festival -- an extraordinary, curious little film that's really worth seeing."

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