Featured Projects

 

The Denver Film Society is proud to support Colorado production. Please check out our featured projects that are part of our fiscal sponsorship program and consider donating to help them complete their work.

Lucy with the Truth

Having declared truth officially on holiday, our heroine Lucy drags an initially hesitant Brock into one playful con after another testing his propriety to the core. As Brock begins to let his guard down and finds liberation in lying, he sees their antics are having serious effects. While he vacillates between his moral attachment to truth and his desire to win the lady over, Lucy convinces Brock to go along with just one more scheme.

Tijuana

In the 1920s, Tijuana was a magnet for movie stars, mobsters, and dignitaries escaping the doldrums of Prohibition. Born into a well-to-do French family, Carmen was sent to Mexico to marry a prominent Mexican businessman.  Upon porting, she escaped with the fierce determination to be the author of her own life.

Walden: Life in the Woods

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Walden: Life in the Woods is a radical, western reimagining of Henry David Thoreau’s classic, interlacing three stories about the trappings of 21st century life and a few unlikely transcendentalists who dream dangerously of escape. This cracked haiku of a film has something unique to say about our irreducible and irreconcilable moment in time.

Red Earth Rising

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Red Earth Rising is a feature-length documentary about Manifest Destiny, Westward Expansion and the ongoing effects of that colonial history in Indian Country today. A descendant of pioneer settlers seeks a new education on her family land inheritance in Oklahoma.

Schlitzie: One of Us

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Schlitzie: One of Us is a love letter to the 4-foot-tall performer, who was born with microcephaly and made his most notable cultural impact via the 1932 classic Freaks. The doc examines how he touched the hearts of many people and made an impact on pop culture while imparting a hopeful message.

THE HEELS HAVE EYES: A DRAGUMENTARY

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The Heels Have Eyes: A Dragumentary is an intimate look behind the makeup of one of the most fascinating subcultures to captivate popular culture: drag performance. Through the lives of the “Diva Dozen” – the cream of the drag crop in Denver, Colorado including global sensation and RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE alum Nina Flowers – you’ll meet the men (and women) who have chosen drag as their art and who best illustrate the past, present and future of drag and just what it takes to bring a new persona to life.

Maryville

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Maryville the film will showcase various positive impacts that a once dormitory-style support system had on a small sample of children who were residents of Maryville during the 1950’s and 1960’s. As adults, these Maryville alumni will reflect on the “family” they build within the orphanage, as well as highlight a remarkable career of service by former director of the orphanage, Father John Smyth.

The Raining Season

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Told through the experiences of an American mother who operates an orphanage in postwar Sierra Leone, the short documentary film sheds light on how a government riven with corruption allows its most vulnerable citizens — orphaned children — to be used as pawns by crooked officials, illegal adoption agencies and human traffickers.

Clever

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This short documentary details the life and work of Gerardo Lopez (a.k.a. Clever), a Denver-based gang interventionist. Formerly of the notorious MS13 from Los Angeles, Clever details his way out of gang life, his work in keeping youth from making the same mistakes, and his extraordinary tale of survival once he made the courageous decision to move his young family away from the negative influences of his youth.

Help Wanted

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Help Wanted is a short film tackling the themes of: retirement, ageism, and the changing world for our aging population. This project intends to use the visual medium of film to engage the audiences to reflect on their own retirement situations.

Captivity

Captivity follows Alex and Holley, a married couple who met when Alex, a pet store owner, sold Holley her beloved cockatoo. Owing to a chilling childhood trauma, career-oriented Holley feels inadequate to the role of caregiver. She and Alex have no children, but when her cockatoo begins to show signs of illness, she feels like a failed mother. Her unresolved feelings of guilt begin to strain the marriage. Meanwhile, Alex turns to his too-devoted employee, Shauna, for comfort—leading her to believe she may have a chance at winning his heart. As tensions grow, it takes an unexpected tragedy to shake all three loose from their self-imprisonment.

Lily 'N' Rose

Lily ‘N’ Rose is a poetic short film about first best friends. Lily stands on the precipice of adolescence. When her best friend Rose abandons her for a new friend, Lily flees into the wilderness only to confront something even more profound.