The Denver Film Society is grieving the loss of our longtime friend and Artistic Director Brit Withey who was killed in a one-car accident on Sunday, March 31, while returning to Denver from a trip to New Mexico. To honor his legacy, we are establishing a memorial fund in his name to support the work he loved.
Brit was with the Denver Film Society for 23 years, starting off as a volunteer in the mid-90’s. He moved up through several positions with DFS, including graphic designer, membership manager, and finally programming. As a programmer and later Artistic Director Brit curated hundreds of festivals and brought the best films the world had to offer home for Denver audiences to discover.
“He was a singular irreplaceable human, first and foremost,” said DFS Festival Director Britta Erickson. “The amount of mentorship that he gave to so many people coming up as programmers or other aspects of the film society and the festival was just incomparable.”
A highly respected industry leader who lived and breathed film, Brit absolutely loved his work and the Film Society members who embraced his passion, energy, and admiration of film and what it brings to our lives.
While there are no words to describe the pain and loss that his family, friends, and our community are going through, we are grateful for the gifts that Brit gave to our community and our industry for more than two decades. We will forever miss Brit’s artistic vision but, we will continue to celebrate and pay tribute to his passion in the months and years ahead.
This memorial fund, in Brit’s honor, will continue to celebrate film, just as Brit did in his life, and will continue his legacy of artistic excellence.