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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.

  • American Animal

    American Animal

    USA , 2011 , 95 min. Jimmy is sick. But Jimmy is tired of being sick, so this morning, Jimmy decides he is no longer sick—he’s happy. An existential fantasy set in a downtown LA loft, Matt D’Elia’s debut feature walks the line between silliness and madness, all the while nodding to classic cinema. Jimmy, it’s showtime!... more
  • Bad Fever

    Bad Fever

    USA , 2011 , 77 min. Dustin Guy Defa’s dramatic feature debut is a wrenching portrait of lonely souls roaming an empty city in desperate need of connection. Kentucker Audley is astonishing as true antihero Eddie, a would-be stand–up comic attempting to win the heart of a drifter.... more
  • The Color Wheel

    The Color Wheel

    USA , 2011 , 83 min. MUST END Thursday May 31st! Digital presentation - The Color Wheel is the story of JR, an increasingly transient aspiring news anchor, as she forces her disappointing younger brother Colin to embark on a road trip to move her belongings out of her professor-turned-lover’s apartment. P... more
  • The Destiny of Lesser Animals

    The Destiny of Lesser Animals

    Ghana , 2011 , 89 min. Part crime drama, part personal quest, Deron Albright's first feature focuses on a Ghanian police inspector whose fondest wish is to return to the United States a decade after being deported. First, however, he’ll need to extract himself from the series of intrigues in which he’s entangled.... more
  • The Dish and The Spoon

    The Dish and The Spoon

    USA , 2010 , 90 min. In Alison Bagnall’s often humorous, always poignant indie drama, a hysterical wife seeks revenge on her straying husband by forming an unlikely friendship with a vulnerable British boy. Rising stars Greta Gerwig and Olly Alexander turn in utterly luminous performances.... more
  • The Dynamiter

    The Dynamiter

    USA , 2011 , 73 min. In rural Mississippi, teenaged Robbie cares for his elderly grandmother and young half-brother while his absentee mother sends the occasional postcard. The return of older brother Lucas threatens the little stability this makeshift family has—and it’s up to Robbie to defend it... more
  • Green

    Green

    USA , 2011 , 73 min. Writer-director-costar Sophia Takal’s unflinching exploration of triangulated romance follows Genevieve and Sebastian from Brooklyn to a remote farm in the South, where they form an easy friendship with their neighbor, Robin. But suspicion and jealousy soon set in.... more
  • The Green

    The Green

    USA , 2011 , 90 min. Steven Williford's contemporary drama unfolds in a quiet Connecticut town where a gay high-school teacher (Jason Butler Harner) is accused of molesting a student—fomenting crises for him, his partner (Glee's Cheyenne Jackson), their lesbian lawyer (Julia Ormond), and the outraged locals.... more
  • Lord Byron

    Lord Byron

    USA , 2011 , 90 min. When Byron (Paul Batiste) isn’t with one of his many girlfriends, you’ll find him smoking dope at his ex-wife’s house—until the day he’s inspired by a television preacher to become a monk. Through twists and turns, Byron eventually finds exactly what he seeks from life in Zack Godshall’s dark comedy... more
  • Maria My Love

    Maria My Love

    USA , 2011 , 99 min. Jasmine McGlade Chazelle's witty feature debut examines the unlikely friendship between a young café waitress who's grieving the death of her mother and a strangely insightful maternal figure (Hollywood veteran Karen Black)—who also happens to be a compulsive hoarder.... more
  • Mother Country

    Mother Country

    USA , 2010 , 88 min. What begins as Boyz n the Hood for the 21st century soon transforms into a retelling of On the Road, with urban youth standing in for the Beat Generation. When Dwight accidentally kills a young girl in a failed drive-by shooting, he flees the scene, and his past... more
  • Postales

    Postales

    USA , 2010 , 80 min. In Colorado-based filmmaker Josh Hyde’s charming feature-narrative debut, cultures collide when a young American girl and a streetwise Peruvian boy meet in Cuzco. Dirt-poor, he sells postcards on the plaza; she’s a privileged tourist. Will romance break the barriers between them—or vice-versa?... more
  • Surrogate Valentine

    Surrogate Valentine

    USA , 2011 , 75 min. Goh Nakamura cowrote, composed the soundtrack for, and stars as himself in cowriter-director Dave Boyle’s warm, funny, and ultimately stirring relationship comedy about a small-time San Fransisco musician with much to confront and little to lose.... more
  • The Tested

    The Tested

    USA , 2010 , 107 min. Russell Costanzo's gritty first feature is a New York street tragedy about three people trying to cope with an African-American teenager's shooting death—his grief-stricken, rage-fueled mother; his confused 16-year-old brother; and the guilt-ridden white cop who killed him.... more
  • The Watching Hour: Vacation!

    The Watching Hour: Vacation!

    USA , 2010 , 90 min. Screens as part of The Watching Hour Friday & Saturday, January 11th & 12th at 10pm! Digital presentation - Ah, summertime in America. Good friends, good cocktails, good times, lots of sex…and death? What starts as a (somewhat) wholesome summer vacation soon turns into a hipster’s tw... more
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