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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
Film Society today launched a campaign to raise $150,000 through Kickstarter.com
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
“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.”
donation through the Denver Film Society page at Kickstarter.com 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.
cost for the four projectors is $300,000.
A silent campaign among DFS supporters has generated $70,000 in gifts to
date. Through Kickstarter.com, 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.
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.”
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.
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.”
information about the campaign and to make a contribution please go to