DocuWest Film Festival 2014

DocuWest Film Festival 2014

DocuWest looks to explore the world of our people, our politics, our societies, our history and ourselves through the lens of filmmakers from around the globe. We embrace the idea that cinematic truth revealed in a non-narrative manner can allow the filmmaker to make choices that presents life either surreptitiously or purposely based on the choices they make.
With the ability to more easily capture subjects and events of the world through less expensive forms of production, documentary filmmaking has become an art form whereby the many voices of diverse peoples from around the planet can be heard.

Click Here for your 2014 DocuWest Festival Pass. Good for all regular festival screenings. Note: Does not include, Opening/Closing Night, Centerpiece, or KORENGAL screenings.

Films and Events in Program...

  • Opening Night: Point and Shoot

    Opening Night: Point and Shoot

    USA , 83 min.
    Director: Marshall Curry DocuWest Opening Night Film Wednesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm. Opening Night Reception follows the film at 8:30 pm in Henderson’s Lounge.... more
  • I’m still (Kachkaniraqmi)

    I’m still (Kachkaniraqmi)

    Peru , 120 min.
    Director: Javier Corcuera Thursday, September 11, 1:15pm Colorado Premiere. A musical journey through the most unknown Peru. Ayacucho, Lima and the Amazon jungle come together in this documentary through great musicians which in some cases is the first time that they are filmed.... more
  • Freedom Summer

    Freedom Summer

    USA , 113 min.
    Director: Stanley Nelson Thursday, September 11, 1:30pm Colorado Premiere ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­During the summer of 1964, the nation’s eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over ten memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Ameri... more
  • Backup Butembo

    Backup Butembo

    Belgium , 50 min. Thursday, September 11, 4:00pm Colorado Premiere This documentary tells the story of some extremely strong women in Eastern Congo. The region has been disrupted by a bloody conflict for more than 15 years. In the town of Butembo a positive resistance is steadily growing. The people try to... more
  • Pine Ridge

    Pine Ridge

    Denmark , 77 min.
    Director: Anna Eborn Thursday, September 11, 4:15pm Colorado Premiere Nineteen-year-old Bert sits in the shade of a tree in Yo Park. Cassandra Warrior feeds her daughter Diamond Rose. Daniel Runs Close sweats under the sun at Wounded Knee Memorial site. Kassel Sky Little puts his boots on at the Waters Rodeo.... more
  • Skanks


    USA , 84 min.
    Director: David McMahon Thursday, September 11, 6:30pm. Q&A with filmmaker after the screening. Colorado Premiere ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­In the winter of 2012 a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounted an original musical, "Skanks in a One Horse Town." "Skanks" follows the actors and creators from rehearsal ... more
  • Bert Kreischer: I Am The Machine

    Bert Kreischer: I Am The Machine

    USA , 93 min.
    Director: Jeff Hinman , Jeff Johnson Thursday, September 11th, 6:45pm. Q&A with filmmakers after the screening. World Premiere Bert Kreischer: I am the Machine is a documentary following the exploits of comedian and television personality Bert Kreischer on tour. For 8 months the filmmakers went along as Bert traveled the C... more
  • Undercover


    New Zealand , 90 min.
    Director: Rachel Dickinson Thursday, September 11, 9:00pm. In Person: Richard Bert, Subject of the film for a post screening Q&A Colorado Premiere UNDERCOVER is a documentary film starring Richard Bert, a Brooklyn man born and bred. Back in the 80's, Richard was working as an Undercover narcotics officer for the N... more
  • Freeload


    USA , 65 min.
    Director: Daniel Skaggs Thursday, September 11, 9:15pm. Q&A with filmmaker after the screening. Colorado Premiere FREELOAD is a portrait of the modern train-riding culture. This movie follows Blackbird, a lost teenager searching for the answers to life. Ponyboy and Rachel, the young lovers, attempt to settle do... more
  • We Are The Giant

    We Are The Giant

    USA , 93 min.
    Director: Greg Barker Friday, September 12, 1:45pm Colorado Premiere In WE ARE THE GIANT, ordinary citizens face the same moral questions that have defined revolutionary leaders across the ages, from Jefferson to Che to Mandela. With remarkable access, the film takes its audience inside the lives of six extra... more
  • Last Days in Vietnam

    Last Days in Vietnam

    USA , 97 min.
    Director: Rory Kennedy One Night Only! Monday, February 9th at 7pm. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature Oscar! ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has o... more
  • Virunga


    United Kingdom , 97 min.
    Director: Orlando von Einsiedel One Night Only! Wed, Feb 10th at 7pm. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature Oscar! Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world has forgotten, and a gripping expose of the realities of li... more
  • In Country

    In Country

    USA , 80 min.
    Director: Mike Attie , Meghan O'Hara One Night Only! Monday, May 25th. Few would mistake Oregon’s grassy fields for the jungles of Vietnam, but war reenactors try. Dressed in fatigues, these men willingly recreate a war most choose to forget. Young veterans like Tuna, who’s still on a high from his tour in Iraq, take on perso... more
  • Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

    Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

    USA , 78 min.
    Director: Sebastian Junger Presented as Part of an Evening with Sebastian Junger. Friday, September 12, 4:30pm

    Special Retrospective Screening Shortly after the release of his Academy Award winning documentary Restrepo, photographer Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya. Filmmaker, colleague, and ... more

  • Korengal


    USA , 83 min.
    Director: Sebastian Junger Friday September, 12, 7:30pm. In Person: Special meet and greet with director Sebastian Junger for book signing, pre-screening from 6-7pm inside the Sie FilmCenter – open to the public. Post Screening: Q&A followed by a reception for all ticket holders. KORENGAL picks up where RESTREPO left ... more
  • When God Left the Building

    When God Left the Building

    USA , 77 min.
    Director: Thom Schultz Friday, September 12, 7:15pm. Q&A with filmmaker after the screening. A pervasive part of the American fabric is fraying and decaying before our eyes. The church is dying. Though the vast majority (77%) of Americans identify themselves as Christian, they have largely stopped attending church... more
  • Who Took Johnny

    Who Took Johnny

    USA , 81 min.
    Director: David Beilinson , Michael Galinsky , Suki Hawley Friday, September 12, 9:30pm. Q&A with filmmaker after the screening. Colorado Premiere ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ WHO TOOK JOHNNY is an examination into the infamous thirty-year-old cold case of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. The film focuses on J... more
  • By and By-New Orleans Gospel at the Crossroads

    By and By-New Orleans Gospel at the Crossroads

    USA , 137 min.
    Director: Matthew T. Bowden , Joe Compton Saturday, September 13, 11:30am. Q&A with filmmaker after the screening. Colorado Premiere BY AND BY shines a light on a family and culture at a crossroads. Founded in 1965 by James Williams, Sr., The Electrifying Crown Seekers anchored a vibrant, under-the-radar gospel music community i... more
  • Doc of the Dead

    Doc of the Dead

    USA , 82 min.
    Director: Alexandre O. Philippe Friday, September 12, 10:00pm. Q&A with filmmaker after the screening. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Could there be a real zombie outbreak? If so, DOC OF THE DEAD can help you. This definitive guide to 'all things undead' delves deep into the evolution of the zombie genre, in both fi... more
  • No No: A Dockumentary

    No No: A Dockumentary

    USA , 101 min.
    Director: Jeffrey Radice Saturday, September 13, 12:00pm An inspiring look at the man behind the legendary titular no-hitter thrown under the influence of LSD, Dock Ellis - a charismatic but troubled addict who was also a leader on baseball’s first all-minority starting lineup in an era of palpable racial tensions... more
  • DocuWest Shorts Package: Poetic Justice

    DocuWest Shorts Package: Poetic Justice

    110 min. Saturday, September 13, 4:45pm and Sunday, September 14, 2:45pm Is vice always punished, and virtue rewarded, in the blowing winds of ironic twists of fate? In “Bhiwani Junction,” we meet Himanshu, a 12 yr old boy who trains to be a boxer. This portrait of him, provides a glimpse into... more
  • Marmato


    USA , 88 min.
    Director: Mark Grieco Saturday, September 13, 5:45pm Colorado Premiere ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­If Colombia is the focal point of the new global gold rush then Marmato, a mining town with over 500 years of history, is the new frontier. In its mountain there are $20 billion dollars in gold, but its... more
  • Evolution of a Criminal

    Evolution of a Criminal

    USA , 83 min.
    Director: Darius Clark Monroe How does a 16 year-old evolve into a bank robber? In EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe asks this very question—about himself. After seeing his mother and stepfather struggle to make ends meet while living outside of Houston, Texas, Monroe decided to help them by robbing a ba... more
  • The Case Against 8

    The Case Against 8

    USA , 112 min.
    Director: Ben Cotner , Ryan White Saturday, September 13, 7:45pm Colorado Premiere ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first makes headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who ... more
  • Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart

    Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart

    USA , 93 min.
    Director: Gorman Bechard Saturday, September 13, 10:00pm ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Colorado Premiere EVERY EVERYTHING is an intimate portrait of drummer/vocalist Grant Hart from the punk band Hüsker Dü. Using a mixture of footage and extensive interviews with the man himself, Gorman Bechard gives yo... more
  • The Other One - The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir

    The Other One - The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir

    USA , 89 min.
    Director: Mike Fleiss Saturday, September 13, 10:15pm Colorado Premiere Much has been written about The Grateful Dead; perhaps even more has been written about it's guitarist, Jerry Garcia, who in death has become canonized as a Rock n Roll Saint. But what about the co-founder of the band, Bob Weir? The Other ... more
  • Brothers of the Black List

    Brothers of the Black List

    USA , 74 min.
    Director: Sean Gallagher Sunday, September 14, 12:30pm. Q&A with filmmaker after the screening. Colorado Premiere September 4, 1992: An elderly woman in a small town in upstate New York reports an attempted rape by a young black man who cut his hand during the altercation. While looking for suspects, police conta... more
  • The Joe Show

    The Joe Show

    USA , 101 min.
    Director: Randy Murray Sunday, September 14, 2:30pm. Q&A with filmmaker after the screening. Colorado Premiere Lights! Camera! Power! Eight years in the making, The Joe Show is a shocking and wildly entertaining documentary about America's most controversial Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, and his ringmaster's approach ... more
  • TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui

    TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui

    58 min.
    Director: Kyung Lee Sunday, September 14, 5:00pm Colorado Premiere “TELOS” chronicles the unorthodox life and revolutionary work of Eugene Tssui, an anti-establishment architect Eugene Tssui. Rejected by the status quo and embattled to defend his futuristic, yet naturalistic visions,Tssui finds unexpected al... more
  • The Agreement

    The Agreement

    Denmark , 58 min.
    Director: Karen Stokkendal Poulsen Sunday, September 14, 5:15pm Colorado Premiere WORLD HISTORY is in the making when EU chief negotiator Robert Cooper has to settle an agreement on stable co-existence between Kosovo and Serbia. This new Danish documentary by Karen Stokkendal Poulsen brings its audience right into the core... more
  • Free Community Screening: Made of Steel

    Free Community Screening: Made of Steel

    Norway , 82 min.
    Director: Hallgrim Haug Free Screening! Sunday September 14, 7:15pm MADE OF STEEL is an inspiring, heartwarming story of how Norwegian Karina Hollekim, one of the greatest free skiers and BASE jumpers in the world, recovers from a near fatal parachute accident. Six years after the accident, despite expectations she... more
  • DocuWest Shorts Package: For Real

    DocuWest Shorts Package: For Real

    103 min. Friday, September 12, 4:15pm What would you say, if in Portland, two college students dreamed of starting a female-run theatre company, where they could play by their own rules? Imagine this, in “100 Years at Howelsen Hill,” (which was made in Colorado) that you were told that, “More ... more
  • DocuWest Shorts Package: Just Sayin'

    DocuWest Shorts Package: Just Sayin'

    107 min. Saturday, September 13, 3:00pm Ok,ok, in “SUBWAY STORIES,” there’s this whole underground music scene that takes place every day. If only briefly as we rush by these modern day minstrels, could we stop for a moment and consider them metaphor to finding life’s passion, and meaning, in ... more
  • Meet the Patels

    Meet the Patels

    USA , 88 min.
    Director: Geeta V. Patel , Ravi V. Patel ENDS Wednesday.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Meet the Patels is a laugh-out-loud, real-life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams... and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a famil... more
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