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Spotlight on Colorado

Colorado’s filmmaking scene has never been more vibrant. In 2009, three separate Colorado films were nominated for Academy Awards: Precious, The Cove and The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner. More often than not, area filmmakers are choosing to stay and work in the state rather than move to Los Angeles or New York.

The 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival is showcasing more locally produced features than ever before—and we’re not alone; several of the following films screened earlier this year at other acclaimed festivals around the country.

  • The People vs. George Lucas

    The People vs. George Lucas

    USA , 2010 , 104 min. One Night Only! Monday, May the 4th at 7:15pm Director Alexandre Phillipe in-person! The passion the original Star Wars trilogy inspires in its fans is unparalleled; but when it comes to George Lucas himself—one of the most passionately debated filmmakers of all time—many have foun... more
  • Amongst Brothers

    Amongst Brothers

    USA , 2010 , 27 min. Amongst Brothers follows Colorado cattleman Gary Magness on an adventure trip to Brazil—only to find himself a key player in the very survival of one of the oldest tribes in the Amazon Basin.... more
  • Ba Naché dol Fonn Baeo

    Ba Naché dol Fonn Baeo

    USA , 16 min. Ultra-cool Fonn Baeo and his lover Moulousse spend a carefree day in the city. When they reunite with an old acquaintance, however, their charmed lives receive an unexpected jolt. Will their luck run out, or will love prevail?... more
  • Bag It

    Bag It

    USA , 2010 , 79 min. When we throw something “away,” where does it go? “Average guy” Jeb Berrier charismatically narrates this documentary by Suzan Beraza about the impact of plastic in our lives. Though it was marketed as a convenience, it’s become a pox on our environment and even our health.... more
  • Battle for the Boot

    Battle for the Boot

    USA , 2010 , 97 min. The offbeat lifestyle of the boozing rogues behind the Denver Kickball Coalition is chronicled in this documentary about the sports league, which grew out of hipster bars Sputnik and Hi-Dive to offer an alcohol-fueled, in-your-face, tongue-in-cheek athletic experience.... more
  • Condemned


    USA , 2010 , 8 min. Twenty-one years after the disastrous Exxon Valdez oil spill, BP’s blowout contaminates the Gulf of Mexico. Will we ever learn to protect our oceans and their wildlife—or will we continue to repeat our mistakes?... more
  • Del: 100

    Del: 100

    USA , 2010 , 13 min. Del: 100 is a visually haunting portrait of centenarian journalist Delores Plested. As a reporter for the New York Times and The Ladies Home Journal in the 1940s and, later, as a trail blazing reporter in Colorado, she witnessed and wrote about many of the major events of the tw... more
  • Demonology


    USA , 2010 , 40 min. In a plague-stricken world, a doctor uses the trust bestowed upon him to rob the homes of the afflicted. But his scheme is waylaid when he is summoned to Castle Blackwell to treat the young Isabel—and falls in love with her sister, Marguerite.... more
  • The House in Windsor

    The House in Windsor

    USA , 2010 , 8 min. The House in Windsor is a short profiling Colorado’s most vicious serial killer. During the 1960s, Henry Olsen raped and murdered 13 college students with the help of four others. Even though these crimes were horrific, they have been all but forgotten.... 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
  • A Letter for Colton

    A Letter for Colton

    USA , 2010 , 8 min. A Letter for Colton follows the story of John Colton, a vigilante holed up in a remote cabin in the woods.... more
  • The Magnetic Detective

    The Magnetic Detective

    USA , 9 min. Lots of loot, a bottle of cheap scotch and the inevitable sexy dame—The Magnetic Detective is a true (and funny) original, which uses uses a Magnetic Poetry Kit, the refrigerator novelty toy, to spell out a classic whodunit on the rusting metal of fire escapes and manhole covers.... more
  • Mzungu (n.) White-Wanderer

    Mzungu (n.) White-Wanderer

    USA , 2010 , 80 min. Four young Colorado men travel to Uganda and Rwanda hoping to make a difference. They’re followed by filmmaker Shana Marie Gilbert, who documents their various projects while offering a glimpse of Africa’s teeming cities riddled with trash—juxtaposed with beautiful green countryside.... 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
  • 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
  • When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun

    When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun

    USA , 2010 , 113 min. German documentarian Dirk Simon takes a close look at the complex—and controversial—issues surrounding the Tibetan freedom movement, examining the reasons for China’s continued occupation and evaluating whether Tibet’s current tactic of nonviolent resistance is effective.... more
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