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Denver Film Fest Explores History of Music and Future of Film

For over three decades, the Denver Film Festival has been exploring the depths of cinema with classic revivals, premieres, and international discoveries. The festival returns to it’s home at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO) from November 2 to the 13th.  One of the highlights of the fest is American Epic, a documentary produced by Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett and Jack White, follows the reconstruction of the first recording machine ever used by the music and film industry, a piece of tech that has long since been forgotten.

Other films slated to be shown at the fest include:

  • THE EAGLE HUNTRESS – Director: Otto Bell
  • FRANCA: CHAOS AND CREATION – Director: Francesco Carrozzini
  • INCIDENT LIGHT – Director: Ariel Rotter
  • LOVESONG – Director: So-yong Kim
  • MOM AND ME – Director: Ken Wardrop
  • OVARIAN PSYCHOS – Directors: Joanna Sokolowski & Kate Trumbull-LaValle
  • A WOMAN, A PART – Director: Elisabeth Subrin
  • ALWAYS SHINE –   Director: Sophia Takal
  • DONALD CRIED –   Director: Kris Avedisian
  • FOLK HERO AND FUNNY GUY –   Director: Jeff Grace
  • FREE IN DEED –   Director: Jake Mahaffy
  • HUNTER GATHERER –   Director: Josh Locy
  • KATIE SAYS GOODBYE –   Director: Wayne Roberts
  • LIVE CARGO –   Director: Logan Sandler
  • LOVE WITCH –   Director: Anna Biller
  • LUPE UNDER THE SUN –  Director: Rodrigo Reyes
  • MA – Directors: Celia Rowlson-Hall
  • MIDDLE MAN –   Director: Ned Crowley
  • CHECK IT –   Directors: Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer
  • GROWING UP COY –   Director: Eric Juhola
  • THE QUEEN OF IRELAND – Director: Conor Horgan
  • STAYING VERTICAL – Director: Alain Guiraudie

Among the festival’s honors is the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film, the Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary and the achievement-based John Cassavetes Award. The festival also features a series of panel discussions on topics including food in cinema, outreach workshops, historical overviews and more.  The festival will also feature more than 130 filmmaker guests making in-person appearances.

To learn more, go to:

Denver Film Festival
November 2 - 13, 2016

Sie FilmCenter
2510 E Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206


Cinema & Scenery at Middleburg Film Festival

Likened to the English countryside, Middleburg is a slice of scenic beauty in Virginia. Home to rolling hills, colonial era buildings, lush forests, and also the Middleburg Film Festival. Running October 20 to 23 in various venues across Middleburg Virginia (about one hour outside of D.C.).

"We are thrilled to share some of the year's best films followed by thought provoking conversations with festival attendees," said Middleburg Film Festival Executive Director Susan Koch. "The 2016 program includes a mix of Oscar contenders, critically-acclaimed foreign language films and compelling documentaries."

One of the fest’s centerpieces is La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as an jaded jazz musician and an aspiring actress find their way through old Hollywood. American Pastoral, the directorial debut of actor Ewan McGregor is set in the turbulent 1960’s, a man’s life starts to fall apart after his daughter’s political consciousness threatens to destroy his family.

Disturbing the Peace follows former enemy combatants — Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison -- who have joined together to challenge the status quo of years of violence and war. The Salesman is an Iranian-French drama about a young couple who are rehearsing to be in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman when they’re unexpectedly forced to leave their apartment and head to a new home with a dark secret.

The fest also has several special events. There will be a keynote conversation with Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on the topic of her role at the Academy, including recent and ongoing efforts to make Hollywood more inclusive for women and people of color.. One of the festival’s most popular and anticipated events is the Symphony Orchestra Concert and tribute to  Distinguished Film Composer awardee, Henry Jackman. The Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of maestro Jan Wagner, will perform the world premiere of suites from films scored by Jackman.

To learn more, go to:

Middleburg Film Festival
October 20 - 23, 2016


Various Locations

FEARnyc Fest Scares Up Some Cinematic Horror Fun

Ah, fall. The crisp air, the sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet, the proliferation of pumpkin spiced beverages and confections. Oh yes, and demons, monsters, mask murderers, and other things that go bump in the night inhabiting theaters. FEARnyc is returning to Cinema Village (22 East 12th St, New York). Running October 21 - 27, this fest features a whopping 65+ horror films, combining all time classics and new up-and-comers.

Films include:

  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Psycho
  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • The Lost Boys
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Lost Creek
  • Head
  • The Dark Tapes

halloween posterThe festival also features special events screenings. FW Murnau’s 1926 silent classic, Faust, will be accompanied by live music from Ben Singer of Modern Robot. 1980’s camp-fest (and study on werewolf anatomy), Monster Squad, will be presented with a Q&A featuring cast members Duncan Regehr (Count Dracula) and Tom Noonan (Frankenstein's Monster) live and in person!

Dead Awake, the latest film from Final Destination writer Jeffrey Reddick, will premiere at the fest, along with the anticipated remake of Herschell Gordon LewisBlood Feast, and new documentaries. Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary (a look back on the film based on the Stephen King novel) and Resurrecting Carrie (a look back at the musical, based on the movie, based on the Stephen King novel). 1978’s pea-soup-soaked-screamer, The Exorcist, will be opened by a live seance conducted by a “renowned psychic”, and a screening of Halloween will include a Halloween party with candy and games for the audience.

 So when you need some respite from a world of daily grinds and toxic elections, why not take a jaunt to FEARnyc and have a GOOD scare for a change?

To learn more, go to:

October 21 - 27, 2016

Cinema Village
22 E 12th St.
New York, NY 10003

54th New York Film Fest at Lincoln Center

The 13th

Featuring work from around the world from new and legendary directors alike, the 54th New York Film Festival focuses on a theme of “internal landscapes” and “the urgency of self-realization.”

Running from September 30 to October 16 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the festival opens with The 13th, Selma director Ava DuVernay’s documentary on the loophole in the 13th Amendment that allowed for a progression from slavery to the horrors of mass incarceration and the prison industry.

20th Century Women is the Centerpiece film. Directed by Mike Mills, this World Premiere is warm, funny, and a work of passionate comedy.

James Gray’s Lost City of Z, starring Charlie Hunnam as a British explorer on a quixotic search for a lost city in the Amazon, closes the festival.

lostcityThe 54th New York Film Festival’s main slate features a selection of 25 films from around the globe. Among the other main slate of films are:

  • Certain Women
    Directed by Kelly Reichardt

  • Elle
    Directed by Paul Verhoeven

  • Graduation / Bacalaureat
    Directed by Cristian Mungiu

  • I, Daniel Blake
    Directed by Ken Loach

  • Julieta
    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

  • Manchester by the Sea
    Directed by Kenneth Lonergan

  • Neruda
    Directed by Pablo Larraín

  • Paterson
    Directed by Jim Jarmusch

  • Personal Shopper
    Directed by Olivier Assayas

  • Sieranevada
    Directed by Cristi Puiu
  • Things to Come / L’Avenir
    Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

  • The Unknown Girl
    Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

  • Yourself and Yours
    Directed by Hong Sangsoo

It wouldn’t be a festival without a slate of revivals too.

Kenji Mizoguchi’s classic ghost tale, Ugetsu Monogatari, is on display with a pristine new restoration. Marlon Brando’s sole shot at directing, One-Eyed Jacks, loosely based on the life of Billy the Kid, was the last film shot at Paramount using the VistaVision (an early form of widescreen) and has been restored under the supervision of Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.


Gillo Pontecorvo’s Battle of Algiers, a film that is woefully always relevant, follows Algeria’s brutal fight for independence from France, is being screened with a new 4K restoration.


The NYFF also features a section called Convergence, a slate of “non-traditional film experiences” that use virtual reality, augmented reality, and installations that explore themes of war, religion, domestic violence, and life in a hyper connected world.

To learn more, go to:

54th New York Film Festival
September 30 - October 16, 2016

Film Society of Lincoln Center
144 W 65th St.
New York, NY 10023

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