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Thursday, October 16,2014

Fight the power

Panahi defies Iran once more with ‘Closed Curtain’

By Michael J. Casey
In 2010, after arrests for civil disobedience, Panahi was sentenced to six years of house arrest and a 20-year ban on filmmaking. Iranian director Jafar Panahi, never one to play by the rules, continued practicing his craft, even though his movies would never play in his native land, and could land him a much stricter punishment if he were caught.
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Thursday, October 9,2014

Second course

The Flatirons Food Film Festival returns for a sophomore year

By Michael J. Casey
Back for a second year, and sporting a new name, Flatirons Food Film Festival looks to expand the palate even more. Once again, five movies will be screened (Craft, Trattoria, Seeds of Time, Growing Cities, El Somni).
Thursday, October 9,2014

Nothing to do with death and dying

Music makes us all ‘Alive Inside’

By Michael J. Casey
Armed with a simple iPod, Cohen visits patients with varying degrees of dementia, Alzheimer’s and, in one case, schizophrenia to see if music will stir something in them. It does. The music starts, and these comatose patients spring to life. Most sing, many dance and some are so overcome with emotion they burst into tears.
Thursday, October 2,2014

Film on film

35mm is alive and well at IFS

By Michael J. Casey
In case you’ve had your head under a rock, or simply don’t care how movies are presented, then here is a very brief recap. In the past decade, theaters nationwide have swapped their 35mm reel-to-reel projectors for digital cinema projectors.
Thursday, September 25,2014

Otra lente

Debut of CineLatino puts a different lens on cinema

By Michael J. Casey
According to the U.S. Census, 17.1 percent of the population is Hispanic or Latino. In Colorado, the number is even higher, with Hispanics and Latinos making up 21 percent of the state’s 5.26 million residents. But even with a reach that spans one in five Coloradans, Hispanic and Latino culture remains foreign to many Coloradans.
Thursday, September 18,2014

One for something and all for nothing

‘The Zero Theorem’ and divinity

By Michael J. Casey
Leth is an Entity Cruncher — he works with esoteric data — for ManCom, an all-seeing overlord company that either does everything or nothing. Leth is one of their top crunchers and is given the special assignment: prove the zero theorem. The zero theorem is a formula where zero must equal 100 percent, or as his wunderkind assistant, Bob (Lucas.
Thursday, September 11,2014

A feast for the eyes

Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, 35mm and more

By Michael J. Casey
Now in his 17th season as IFS Director, Pablo Kj°lseth is extremely excited with the picks and guests he has lined up for the fall slate. Kj°lseth has been watching movies at IFS since 1980, and programming them since 1997. He is a man on a mission to make sure that quality cinema does not go gently into that good night.
Thursday, September 11,2014

‘Days of My Youth’ explores the bliss of freeskiing

By Michael J. Casey
For a Coloradan, it’s a very familiar sight: skiers perched atop the mountain, staring health, down the crest, ready to launch into the abyss.
Thursday, September 4,2014

Activism with an authentic flavor

ALEF, ‘Go For Sisters’ & Edward James Olmos

By Michael J. Casey
The Dairy Center for the Arts is doing something unique, so pay attention. The Americas Latino Eco-Festival Film Forum covers three continents (North and South America and Antarctica), provides a much-needed voice for the Latino community, discusses political and human interests and addresses a multitude of ecological issues.
Thursday, August 28,2014

Destination unknown

‘Locke’ has made a very important decision

By Michael J. Casey
The conversations are of a disastrous nature, but oddly, Locke doesn’t try to save anyone, undo irreparable damage or make everything right. Instead, Locke tries to rationalize his actions and decisions to anyone who will listen. Maybe not for others, but certainly for himself.
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