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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.

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  • WFFF: The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus

    WFFF: The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus

    USA , 2012 , 72 min. Octopus as oracle? So say believers in Paul the psychic cephalopod, who correctly predicted the winners of eight 2010 World Cup matches. Director Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas) explores Paul’s rise to celebrity status.... more
  • 0300 - 0430

    0300 - 0430

    USA , 2012 , 10 min. Filmed over the course of several nights, 0300 – 0430 explores what it means to be awake during the true heart of the night.... more
  • Anything Helps

    Anything Helps

    USA , 2012 , 18 min. A story about forgiveness and being given a second chance while living on the streets of Denver.... more
  • The Aviation Cocktail

    The Aviation Cocktail

    USA , 2012 , 96 min. NOW PLAYING through Thursday, May 2nd at the Sie FilmCenter Official Selection of the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival Director and cast in-person after the 7:15pm show on Saturday, April 27th! Digital presentation - Three World War II veterans learn that life back home can also be h... more
  • Bay of All Saints

    Bay of All Saints

    USA , 2012 , 74 min. Nicknamed “The Capital of Happiness,” Bahia, Brazil, is anything but for residents of the palafitas, slum dwellings perched on stilts above mounds of garbage in the filthy bay. Bay of All Saints director Annie Eastman spent six years documenting their plight.... more
  • Special Earth Day Presentation: Bidder 70

    Special Earth Day Presentation: Bidder 70

    USA , 2012 , 73 min. Special Earth Day screening Monday, April 22nd at 7pm Activist Tim DeChristopher live via Skype for a post film Q&A Digital presentation - Tim DeChristopher, an environmental activist, will be released from prison on 4/21. On 4/22 (Earth Day) we’re holding a one-night nationwide scr... more
  • Bring with You a Heart

    Bring with You a Heart

    USA , 2012 , 7 min. Bring with You a Heart traces the director’s psychic journey through a desert wasteland of light, water, and consumption.... more
  • Eternal Return

    Eternal Return

    USA , 2012 , 13 min. Late in life a man finds himself fixed in a static existence. Though stuck in the present, his memories of the past both haunt and elude him.... more
  • Ghosts of Yesterday

    Ghosts of Yesterday

    USA , 2012 , 5 min. Ghosts of Yesterday—a collage of rotoscoped home movies—is inspired by childhood memories of religion and altered consciousness.... more
  • Lunchbox Express

    Lunchbox Express

    USA , 2012 , 7 min. Told exclusively from the viewpoint of children who benefited from the Lunchbox Express, this short documentary brings the issue of childhood hunger to the forefront.... more
  • Meta-Romantic


    USA , 2012 , 11 min. A struggling writer (and struggling romantic) searches for that first line that will launch both his labors.... more
  • Mounted & Stuffed

    Mounted & Stuffed

    USA , 2012 , 5 min. After a visit to a museum, a young man finds a purpose in life … and one for his housemates.... more
  • Open


    USA , 2011 , 1 min. A brief meditation on time and space.... more
  • Periapsis


    USA , 2012 , 2 min. A collaborative film, painting, and poetry project between Haley Larson and Timothy David Orme.... more
  • Return to the World of Dance

    Return to the World of Dance

    USA , 2011 , 7 min. An instructional guide for those perplexed by the postmodern condition.... more
  • Self Defense

    Self Defense

    USA , 2012 , 7 min. Distinct locations express a dancer’s interior landscapes, revealing the secrets he tries so hard to protect.... more
  • Twombley


    USA , 2012 , 15 min. A veteran radio star struggles with the transition from radio to television in the mid-1950s.... more
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