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Spotlight on Colorado

Colorado’s filmmaking scene continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. More often than not, filmmakers are choosing to stay and work in the state rather than moving to Los Angeles or New York. This year’s Starz Denver Film Festival features numerous locally produced, feature-length films and shorts—films we can’t even claim as premieres. Several of these films screened earlier this year at other highly acclaimed festivals prior to their Denver dates.

Sponsored By: Colorado Creative Industries , Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media

  • 13th and Pearl

    13th and Pearl

    USA , 2011 , 22 min. A group of small-business owners are forced to band together when their new landlord unveils some eccentric ideas for redeveloping the entire block.... more
  • 8 Second Dance

    8 Second Dance

    USA , 2011 , 7 min. An animated “documentary” chronicling the rise of Bart Taylor—professional bull rider.... more
  • But I Love You

    But I Love You

    USA , 2011 , 12 min. Dasha, a young Russian-American girl, faces a difficult decision when she learns about an unexpected pregnancy.... more
  • HRK (Home Run King)

    HRK (Home Run King)

    USA , 2010 , 19 min. The story of a little league player victimized by rape—who grows into a quasi-superhero that kills pedophiles with his infamous baseball bat.... more
  • Incubator


    USA , 2011 , 7 min. A young man wakes up in a motel bathtub full of ice. His problems are just beginning.... more
  • Making Molehills Out of Mountains

    Making Molehills Out of Mountains

    USA , 2011 , 10 min. After the worst flood in 100 years, a Vermont town takes one small step toward recovery. Making Molehills Out of Mountains offers an inspiring look at their efforts.... more
  • The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising

    The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising

    USA , 2011 , 40 min. Rick Finkelstein was paralyzed in a ski accident on Aspen Mountain. With a severed spine and internal trauma, he wasn't expected to live. Six years, nine surgeries, and a seeming lifetime of rehab later, he returned to Aspen. This stunning documentary follows Finkelstein and other champions.... more
  • New Broken Calculator

    New Broken Calculator

    USA , 2010 , 6 min. When a lonely boy gives up on a long-held dream, he never suspects a new friend is just a few locker doors away.... more
  • Patriocracy


    USA , 2011 , 90 min. The latest documentary from Denver-based director-producer Brian Malone explores the Divided States of America. Although primarily devoted to unearthing the causes of the current political climate, Patriocracy is not bent on placing blame; its gripping message is a call to action.... more
  • 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
  • Rocky Flats: Legacy

    Rocky Flats: Legacy

    USA , 2011 , 22 min. This Colorado documentary is about former Rocky Flats nuclear workers who are fighting for their lives against the government, as well as those who have died waiting for help.... more
  • The Sacred Science

    The Sacred Science

    USA , 2011 , 77 min. Documentarians Nick Polizzi and Dan Bailey accompany eight people suffering from cancer, depression, diabetes, and other ailments to the Amazonian rain forest, where shamans employ centuries-old traditions of medicinal and spiritual healing—traditions under modernist siege—to help them get well.... more
  • A Stan Needs a Maid

    A Stan Needs a Maid

    USA , 2011 , 15 min. This comedic short starts with the attempted robbery of a hoarder—and ends with a desperate ploy to clean his house.... more
  • Still


    USA , 2011 , 60 min. Still tells the story of Clyfford Still’s remarkable life and indelible contribution to American art. Along with his contemporaries Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, Still was one of the leaders of the Abstract Expressionist movement—yet he deliberately turned his back on the art establishment... more
  • Web of Lies

    Web of Lies

    USA , 2011 , 10 min. A man on the edge, a woman with a past, and a cop with a secret populate this gritty noir throwback that ends, of course, with a twist.... more
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