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DFS Announces Public Phase

Denver Film Society Closing in on First Phase of Fundraising Goal: Announces Public Phase of Home for Film Capital Campaign

Denver Film Society Closing in on First Phase of Fundraising Goal:

Announces Public Phase of Home for Film Capital Campaign


DENVER – May 6 - The Denver Film Society is launching the final and public phase of its Home for Film Campaign on May 11 with the unveiling of the 40-seat Clasen Screening Room.

Since the private launch of the campaign in December 2010, more than $3.2 million in gifts and pledges have been received towards a goal of $3.5 million.  With those commitments the campaign surpassed the 90 percent completion level and enters the important public phase in an effort to reach the final goal.

To date, 22 gifts over $25,000 each have been committed with three gifts at the $100,000 level, two at the $250,000 level and the naming rights sponsorship of $1.5 million to the campaign.

With the completion of the private phase of the campaign, the Denver Film Society is now inviting its members, board alumni, patrons, industry, corporate and business partners to join the Home for Film Capital campaign by naming a seat in the new SIE FilmCenter for $1,000.   By naming a seat in perpetuity at the SIE FilmCenter, donors will be sharing their gift with the Denver Film Society’s 200,000 annual patrons. 

In addition, the Boettcher Foundation has issued a challenge grant to the public phase of the campaign and will match the sale of the first 100 seats to a maximum contribution of $100,000. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our donors to multiply the impact of their contributions by leveraging the Boettcher Foundation funds,” said Anthony Paul, DFS Capital Campaign chair.  “We’re thrilled to have the support and advocacy of the Boettcher Foundation during the final, public phase of the campaign.” 

Seat purchases are tax-deductible contributions which will help complete the final renovations of the complex, installing new signage, and acquiring new digital projection equipment for each of the three theaters.

There are 365 seats available for naming.  Upon completion, this phase of the campaign will help the Denver Film Society surpass their $3.5 million goal.

Contributions made during the private phase of the campaign have been used to complete the purchase of the SIE FilmCenter at 2510 East Colfax (formerly the Denver FilmCenter Colfax) on Oct. 15, 2012.  In addition, funds raised have been used to support present and future renovations, acquiring new digital projectors, and retiring debt associated with leasing the building prior to the purchase.

“Never in the 35-year history of the Denver Film Society have so many lead gifts been received,” said DFS Executive Director Tom Botelho.   “These donors have acted with vision and wisdom and have helped to secure the financial future of the Denver Film Society for a generation to come.  We are proud to say for the first time in our 35-year history that we own our own home.”

For more information or to name your seat, please contact Alison Greenberg at or call 303.595.3456 x 213


Naming Rights Donors

Anna and John J. Sie Foundation

Anna and John J. Sie Foundation in honor of Maria and Tommaso Maglione

Robert and Liane Clasen

Fries Family Foundation

Chris and Luisa Law in honor of Randi Lee

Barry and Arlene Hirschfeld

Richard Turner and Britta Erickson


Lead Donors

Anschutz Foundation

Fiona Baldwin

Boettcher Foundation

Barbara Bridges

Jim and Linda Bunch

John Caulkins

David Caulkins

Mary Caulkins and Karl Kister

David and Jody Charmatz

Shannon Gifford and Jerry Glick

Amie Knox and Jim Kelley

Steve and Cindy Levey

Lanny and Sharon Martin

Jan Meyer

Howard and Susan Noble

Mark and Maxine Rossman


Steve and Deb Woodward