Red carpet screenings at The Buell and their requisite parties ushered in some of the big films, while the 200+ films being screened over the 12-day fete continue to intrigue, provoke, terrify and delight moviegoers.
It is my impression that a lot of folks in Denver still aren't quite sure how to participate when the film fest rolls into town. They're not sure how they can attend, if they can attend, when they can attend, and how much it costs.
Hanna Ranch is the story of one Colorado cattle rancher and the land that he loves, beautifully played out in director/producer Mitch Dickman's expressive film. Superhero of the prairie, Kirk Hanna is in the struggle of and for his life, as he fights for his land and lifestyle.
Nothing embodies the spirit of the West like the iconic American mustang. Director Monty Miranda's full-length feature film of the same name brings these glorious beasts to full gallop in a sweeping tale that is part documentary, part character-driven narrative.
While the red carpet presentations at the 34th Starz Denver Film Festival feature Oscar-worthy films with box-office potential, there are enough under-the-radar temptations to please the most critical cinephile.
It's nearly impossible for a film with this many off-the-wall elements to not lose its way from time to time, but the journey from the simple request by God to the life-or-death necessity to find La Pantera Negra is a fun festival ride.
His scathing portrayals of Rice focus largely on the human rights consequences of Bush administration policies, responsibility for which, Doggarts' films lay at the feet of the former Secretary of State.