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New Directors Showcase

The Starz Denver Film Festival has become known for its focus on emerging (first- and second-time) film directors from around the world.

  • Audrey the Trainwreck

    Audrey the Trainwreck

    USA , 2010 , 85 min. Accompanied by a smart jazz score by John Medeski that mirrors the bouncing, intimate camerawork of cinematographer David Lowery and marked by an ending that is sure to surprise, Audrey the Trainwreck is a challenging yet rewarding romantic comedy with an endearingly genuine performances.... more
  • Cold Weather

    Cold Weather

    USA , 2010 , 97 min. MUST END March 24 at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax Digital presentation - After abandoning a promising academic career in forensic science, a self-styled Sherlock Holmes, Doug (Cris Lankenau), returns to Portland to live with his more responsible big sister Gail (Trieste Kelly Dunn). H... more
  • Fanny, Annie, & Danny

    Fanny, Annie, & Danny

    USA , 2010 , 82 min. Anchored by Jill Pixley’s brilliant performance as Fanny, writer/director Chris Brown’s intensely emotional Fanny, Annie, & Danny smartly explores the separate struggles of three siblings in a dysfunctional family—and sets them on a collision course for a powerful finale.... more
  • The Happy Poet

    The Happy Poet

    USA , 2010 , 85 min. In this endearing slice-of-life comedy, director Paul Gordon plays the lead role of Bill, a debt-ridden, socially awkward amateur poet who runs an organic food cart in Austin. As he fumbles through his daily routine, Bill does his best to stay true to his dreams of eggless egg salad and true romance... more
  • Harvest


    USA , 2010 , 102 min. With the Monopoli family patriarch (Robert Loggia) facing the end of his life, his three children and reluctant grandson Josh come to spend one last summer with him in Connecticut. Old grievances surface as three generations grapple with the inevitable in this touching drama.... more
  • Helena From the Wedding

    Helena From the Wedding

    USA , 2009 , 89 min. First-time director Joseph Infantolino assembles a failed playwright (Oz star Lee Tergesen), his new midlife bride (Melanie Lynskey) and a group of world-weary married friends together in a snow-capped cabin on New Year's Eve.... more
  • Leading Ladies

    Leading Ladies

    USA , 2010 , 102 min. In this sweet, offbeat romantic comedy, Sheri is a former ballroom star turned overbearing stage mom to starlet Tasi and wallflower Toni. When the nutty family suddenly finds their world turns upside down, they must redefine their roles—and relationships—both on and off the dance floor.... more
  • Littlerock


    USA , 2010 , 83 min. Exclusive Denver FilmCenter engagement screens MUST END September 8th Digital presentation - A sleepy-eyed exurb of Los Angeles is seen through the eyes of two young Japanese tourists, stranded there with a broken rental car. One (Rintaro Sawamoto) wants to leave as soon as possible, ... more
  • A NY Thing

    A NY Thing

    USA , 2009 , 85 min. In this quirky romance, scruffy, love-struck Frenchman Antoine follows a Parisian woman, Alice, to New York to woo her away from her American boyfriend—only to discover that love in this mesmerizing city depends on more than mere declarations.... more
  • The Rock 'n' Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher

    The Rock 'n' Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher

    USA , 2010 , 94 min. In Justin Monroe’s quirky musical comedy, a young man fantasizes about becoming a rock legend just like his late father, who recently committed suicide. Egged on by his cousin (and self-proclaimed agent) Charlie, Duncan heads to Tulsa in hopes of making magic on the karaoke bar scene.... more
  • The Smell of Lemons

    The Smell of Lemons

    Italy , 2010 , 90 min. Believing his mother’s old wives’ tale of how to get a woman to say yes, a lovesick teen’s quest to find the girl of his dreams takes him under the sea and over the cliffs of Sicily. Denver native Joel Stangle directs this lush Italian romantic comedy.... more
  • Some Days Are Better Than Others

    Some Days Are Better Than Others

    USA , 2010 , 93 min. In this quietly funny, character-driven narrative filmed in fewer than three weeks in Portland, Oregon, Eli tries to find his life’s work while Katrina obsesses over a breakup, Otis plays endlessly with soap bubbles and Camille seeks the owner of a discarded urn of ashes.... more
  • We Are the Sea

    We Are the Sea

    USA , 2010 , 87 min. Inspired by and featuring the haunting music of Iron & Wine, We Are the Sea follows an isolated young teacher from the brink of despair toward something like the land of the living—with the help of his daughter and the discovery of friends in unexpected places.... more
  • The Wheeler Boys

    The Wheeler Boys

    USA , 2010 , 90 min. Set in small-town USA, The Wheeler Boys pits brother against brother in a high-stakes morality play. High-school freshman Ted would do just about anything to impress big brother Truck and his reckless friends. Will he also become a victim of their betrayal?... more
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