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POSTED:  Thursday, April 27, 2016 at 4pm


My dear DFS Members
An Important annoucement about your Membership Director


This is a letter from the DFS Board annoucing my retirement.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the Sie FilmCenter this Sunday at 11am:

April 28, 2016

Dear Denver Film Society Members:

We are writing to you today to share the bittersweet announcement of the retirement of our long-time friend and co-worker, Eileen O’Brien and to invite you all to join us in a celebratory screening of one of Eileen’s all-time favorite films, Gigi, this Sunday, May 1, 11:00 a.m. at the Sie FilmCenter.

Please join fellow members of the Film Society, our staff and Board of Directors as we honor the tremendous work, passion and countless successes that Eileen has helped our organization achieve over the past decade-plus. Since taking on the role of Director of Membership & Volunteers full time in 2006, Eileen has helped grow our member base 300 percent. In addition, she has expanded our core of volunteers 500 percent.


Eileen’s lifelong love of film has served as the foundation of her career and we’re grateful that she will be able to continue to be a part of our family and our film community in the years ahead while also being able to spend important time with her loving husband, Chuck. 

As we prepare to celebrate and honor Eileen, we’ve asked her to share a few words about why she’s requested a screening of Gigi for her retirement celebration.  In addition, we’ve posed a few questions to her that will help give each of you a little more insight on the wonderful person we’ve been so privileged to have as a part of our family for so many years.

Gigi - Eileen’s Perspective

As most of you know, I believe that film changes lives.  From a very young age I was obsessed with film.  When we got a television in 1954, I watched the movies shown repeatedly on channel 11, The Million Dollar Movie Channel, over and over again.  When I was sent upstairs to bed, I would creep down the stairs and watch through the bannisters, even though I was nodding asleep as I sat there staring at the images passing by.  There are few things that I love as much as film - - the Eifel Tower, fashion, jewelry, art deco, champagne and my husband of 36 years.  For the longest time, I didn’t realize where most of those loves came from….it wasn’t until I was returning from my honeymoon from Paris that it all became clear.  My husband Chuck, who is always looking for the joke in any situation, said to me “The pilot just came back and said that there is too much weight in the plane, we will have to start by dumping some baggage.  He suggests that we start with your suitcase that is full of miniature Eifel Towers.”  Since we married after knowing each other only a month, he had only just discovered that my favorite things that included my fav movie, Gigi.  He followed up the Eifel Tower comment with “Do you think all of these obsessions are somehow related to the fact that you love the Gigi?”


So, I wanted to show Gigi - the first film I ever saw on the big screen in a movie theater.  I was 6 years old and my nana took me to Radio City Music Hall.  It is proof of how film changed my life, as it represents everything I love, and loved for years.  So I wanted to share it with members and see it on the big screen for the first time since I saw it in 1958 in the premiere deco movie palace of the world!  Yes, in one cinematic moment, a young girl was dazzled by the Eifel Tower, fashion, jewelry, art deco, champagne - the husband of 36 years came a little later.  Here is a dialogue from the film that says it best:

Aunt Alicia: Love, my dear Gigi, is a thing of beauty like a work of art, and like a work of art it is created by artists. The greater the artist the greater the art. And what makes an artist?

Gigi: Cigars and jewelry?

Aunt Alicia: Gigi, you're from another planet.

“Thank heaven, for little girls.” ;-)

Again, we hope you will join us this Sunday, May 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sie FilmCenter to honor and congratulate our friend and co-worker, Eileen O’Brien.

The Denver Film Society Board of Directors


How to get your
Film On The Rocks
Member Tickets:

Film On The Rocks Member Tickets

DFS Members:

As part of your benefits you receive 2 tickets to one screening during the Film On The Rocks summer program. Click here for the schedule for the summer:  FOTR 2016

ALL membership levels each receive 2 tickets upon request.

In order to receive your tickets, you need to request the tickets at least 48 hours before the date of the film.  Send your request to and you will receive a confirmation email when they are processed. 

Please put in the subject line of your email: 
FOTR member ticket request

Please put in the body of the email:

The number of tickets (up to 2 per membership)
Day/Date/Title of film
Your membership number, your full name, email and phone number, in case you need to be contacted.

You will automatically be given  electronic tickets which either you can print out from your own printer, or just use your phone to show the ticket at Red Rocks! 

If you want paper tickets, you will need to request paper tickets and instructions for picking them up will be mailed to you with your confirmation.



Filmmaker Focus

Events andWorkshops

Click on title of event for more info and to purchase tickets:


Filmmaker Focus: Archival Filmmaking, Ethics, And Fair Use

Saturday, May 14th, 10:00am-1:00pm 
When documentary filmmakers tell the story of an event from the past, what limits are placed on our storytelling? How does one balance verisimilitude and accuracy with dramatic impact? Is there such a thing as a “greater truth” in documentary storytelling that takes precedence over the literal? Filmmaker Dylan Nelson’s presentation addresses these questions with specific examples from her work on the archival documentaries Nanking (2007) Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009), and Merchants of Doubt (2014), among others. She will also address the nuts and bolts of archival filmmaking, including research processes, cue sheets, rights and contracts, and how to use the fair use doctrine safely, legally, and responsibly. 

Filmmaker Focus: Intro To Screenwriting

Monday, June 20th, 7-9pm 
You have a story that would make a great movie… but where do you start? Learn what it takes to write a good screenplay.




See you at the Sie!
Eileen O'Brien
Director of Membership & Volunteers