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Denver Film Society Launches Campaign to Fund Digital Projectors

Campaign Donations the Only Way to See THE BIG LEBOWSKI at Film on the Rocks

The Denver Film Society today launched a campaign to raise $150,000 through for the purchase of four new digital projectors for the Sie FilmCenter, Film on the Rocks, and the Ellie Caulkins Theater during the Starz Denver Film Festival.


“By the end of 2013, the film industry will only distribute new films in a digital format (DCP),” said Ryan Oestreich, director of the Sie FilmCenter .  “Even classic Film on the Rocks fan-favorite titles like THE BIG LEBOWSKI, TOP GUN and THE GOONIES have been converted to digital.  Without DCP projectors we will not be able to show these older films and any new films produced by Hollywood.”


A $25 donation through the Denver Film Society page at entitles the giver to one ticket to see THE BIG LEBOWSKI on July 31 at Red Rocks.   This screening event will not take place unless the campaign reaches its goal of $150,000.


DFS and its partner organizations have developed an array of rewards at various levels for those who contribute to the campaign before it ends on June 28.


The full cost for the four projectors is $300,000.   A silent campaign among DFS supporters has generated $70,000 in gifts to date.  Through, the original and most popular website-based program for what is known as crowd-raising, the Film Society hopes to raise at least $150,000.  Any remainder is expected to come from additional contributions over the summer months.

“Last year we spent $35,000 on rentals of two DCP projectors for the Starz Denver Film Festival,” said Britta Erickson, DFS Festival Director.  “That was a significant impact on our budget which we cannot repeat.  And, of course, we need four projectors, so renting is not a viable long-term solution.”


The digital conversion is expected to shutter hundreds of smaller theaters around the country.   The Denver Film Society programs more than 600 screenings at the Sie FilmCenter each year.  In addition, there are more than 200 screenings at the annual Starz Denver Film Festival plus 10 films shown at Film on the Rocks every summer.


“Going dark is simply not an option for us,” said Oestreich.  “We need our community to help us buy these projectors so we can continue to fulfill our mission of providing the best film-going experiences in Colorado.”


For more information about the campaign and to make a contribution please go to