What does it mean to be Chicana? The Denver Office of Storytelling asked activist Nita Gonzales, former City Council President Ramona Martinez, and others including State Historian Nicki Gonzales and performer Yolanda Ortega to discuss what it is to be a woman born in this country with strong Mexican and Indigenous roots and a life dedicated to social justice.
This sweeping history spans centuries and is told like never before in the latest #IAmDenver film: Chicanas: Nurturers and Warriors.
DFF is excited to host Kier-La Janisse — the director of the epic folk horror documentary WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED and acclaimed author of the foundational horror cinema text THE HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN — in a spirited conversation with Theresa Mercado, curator and host of Denver Film’s celebrated quarterly Scream Screen series.
The two will discuss how Janisse’s expansive film came together, the global reach of folk horror and its rightful place in cinema, and why viewers should make sure to check out three newly restored greats of the genre — EYES OF FIRE, CLEARCUT, and ALISON’S BIRTHDAY — during their rare and restored screenings during the festival.
A conversation with Art Cullen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and small-town Iowa newspaper editor, and Jerry Risius, Co-Director and DP of DFF44 Official Selection Storm Lake, about the importance of supporting our local news outlets, moderated and sponsored by Colorado Public Radio.
Disability is the “OG” version of living and creating outside the box. Yet, disabled artists have historically been excluded from mainstream media and the arts. Join disabled artists who are upending stale approaches and building new movements for disability as a new frontier of artistic innovation.
Join the filmmakers of Visible: The Story of arc to discuss the incredible story of arc Thrift Stores and their mission of advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In conversation with arc Thrift Stores CEO Lloyd Lewis, arc Thrift ambassador Seth Weshnak; Donald Zuckerman, Film Commissioner for the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media; the film team from CU, and moderated by Jim Phelan.
Join the filmmakers of DFF44 Official Selections Only the Earth And The Mountains and Pure Grit and local American Indian community leaders for a conversation about the filmmaking process, highlighting Indigenous culture, and facing our local history.
An in-depth discussion of the mechanisms, practicalities, and legalities of financing a movie — from crowdfunding, to grants, to senior debt and investment, and everything in between. Produced by cooperation between the Colorado Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Section and the Colorado Film and Video Association.
Denver Film proudly awards finishing funds for filmmakers through the MOFFOM (Music on Film // Film on Music) grant program. Join us for a roundtable conversation from the industry leaders that comprise our MOFFOM evaluation jury. Winners of the 2021 grant to be announced at the DFF44 Awards Brunch!
Leaders of the local and national efforts to end the opioid epidemic will come together on a panel hosted by the team behind the documentary film, Anonymous Sister. Featuring preeminent voices from the Colorado state government, renowned healthcare organizations, community activist groups, and those directly affected, this conversation will kick off a nationwide campaign to deepen the understanding of the opioid epidemic, reduce opioid prescribing, and strip away the harmful stigma associated with substance use disorder.
Opening Remarks – Attorney General Phil Weiser
Moderator – Robert J. Valuck, PhD, RPh, FNAP
Jamie Boyle, Director, and Producer, Anonymous Sister
Jane Ballantyne, MD FRCA, President, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP)
Tracey Ritter, Peer Recovery Support Counselor
Executive Director, Colorado Consortium on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
Ahed’s Knee, the fourth film from the Israeli firebrand director Nadav Lapid (Synonyms), offers an unflinching rumination on the moral challenges of creating art amidst complex political turmoil. Join D-phi for a lively discussion of this powerful, politically-charged film.
Winner of the Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) award for best documentary at The Cannes Film Festival, Payal Kapadia’s oneiric first feature, A Night of Knowing Nothing, fuses an intensely personal meditation on love and isolation with social reflections on caste and contemporary Indian politics. D-phi has assembled a group of scholars to help us unpack the multiple layers of this intriguing breakthrough film.