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Process Reversal: Se...


Hidden Frequencies


Los Olvidados


Student Shorts 2


Acts & Intermissions


Have a Nice Day


Humor Me


Faces Places






Women+Film Panel


Three Colors: Blue






Tragedy Girls


No Man's Land


The Strange Ones


Moving Parts


Strad Style


New Chefs on the Block


The New Fire


Corniche Kennedy


Bernard and Huey


Colorado Shorts


Shorts 1


The Cakemaker


Sollers Point


Dragonfly Eyes




The Experimental City




ACORN and the Firestorm


Serenade for Haiti


Home Truth


People You May Know


When God Sleeps


The Misogynists


Infinity Baby


Futures Past


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Festival Annex 10:30 AM

This collection of experimental shorts showcases work made by members of the local film collective and nonprofit, Process Reversal....

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UA Pavilions 10:45 AM

Constructed entirely of found footage from closed-circuit surveillance cameras, Chinese visual artist Xu Bing’s ambitious and spellbinding feature drama serves as a commentary on identity in the digital age while following an ill-fated romance through a faceless and frightening urban environment....

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UA Pavilions 11:00 AM

Two chefs in Washington, DC—Aaron Silverman (Rose's Luxury) and Frank Linn (Frankly...Pizza!)—struggle to open their first restaurants. Against all odds, one wins fame and glory. The other is forced to redefine success. An intimate documentary about one of the world's riskiest businesses....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 11:00 AM

This heartfelt comedy about rolling with the punches stars Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords; What We Do in the Shadows) as a struggling playwright forced to move into a New Jersey retirement community with his joke-telling dad, played by the inimitable Elliot Gould....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 11:15 AM

In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales's three young daughters were killed after their father violated a restraining order. Join her, filmmakers Katya Maguire and April Hayes, and Ruth Glenn of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence for a panel on domestic violence in the 21st century....

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UA Pavilions 11:15 AM

Filmmaker David Byars had remarkable access to the protesters occupying Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during their 2016 armed standoff with the feds in 2016. This gripping documentary views the insurrection from the inside as it examines what draws Americans to the edge of revolution....

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UA Pavilions 11:30 AM

Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi was forced to flee his home after hardline clerics issued a fatwa against him for his provocative music. This gripping documentary follows him as he risks everything to return to the stage—while falling for a woman whose family is part of the regime that wants him dead....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 11:30 AM

This 1950 classic from famed Spanish Surrealist Luis Buñuel—screening as part of a three-film retrospective of great Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa—tells the story of a gang of slum kids who become delinquents as a defense against poverty and the cruelty of life on the city streets....

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UA Pavilions 11:30 AM

This package of short films showcases Colorado's homegrown talent....

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UA Pavilions 11:45 AM

Once America's largest grassroots community-organizing group, ACORN became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Obama's victory. It also became a lightning rod for controversies that reverberate throughout today's toxic political atmosphere, as this documentary shows....

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UA Pavilions 1:00 PM

Thor and Kristjan negotiate the turmoil of adolescence in this emotional coming-of-age drama set in rural Iceland, where the boys' friendship is sorely tested when one discovers the other's true feelings about him. The young cast delivers compelling performances amid landscapes of harsh majesty....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 1:15 PM

Julie's world is destroyed when her family is killed in a car crash. In her anguish and guilt, she leaves her old life behind to inhabit a kind of living death. But she finds she cannot so easily withdraw from the world in Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieslowski's 1993 classic starring Juliette Binoche....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 1:30 PM

At 89, French New Wave auteur Agnès Varda teamed up with acclaimed 33-year-old photographer JR to co-direct this enchanting documentary-meets-road movie. Traveling around France in JR’s truck to capture the locals they meet along the way, they reveal the humanity in their subjects—and themselves....

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UA Pavilions 1:30 PM

A young man and a boy travel by car through a wooded landscape. Who are they? Where are they going? Are they on the run? The boy seems haunted by memories of violence, and the mood is one of foreboding—but the more we learn, the less we understand in this artful coming-of-age mystery....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 1:45 PM

An exclusive selection of shorts by outstanding student filmmakers from around the world....

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UA Pavilions 1:45 PM

This dark, claustrophobic satire stars Dylan Baker as Cameron, a lonely businessman celebrating Trump's election in a hotel room after a bitter separation from his wife of 35 years. As the night progresses, friends and strangers come and go, debating politics and what it means to be an American....

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UA Pavilions 1:45 PM

The good news: there's a new solution to global warming. The bad news: it's equally catastrophic. Or is it? In this provocative documentary, David Schumacher shows how young engineers are fighting climate change with the weapon of nuclear power—while fighting fears of the weapon itself....

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Festival Annex 2:00 PM

In 2017, SeriesFest partnered with Rose McGowan and Damage Inc. Productions to discover new episodic series about, for and featuring women. Among hundreds of submissions, Cottonwood, written by Colorado native Sarah Sellman, was selected as the Featuring Women Initiative winner....

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UA Pavilions 2:15 PM

A classical-music school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, thrived despite decades of entrenched poverty and political strife—until the catastrophic earthquake of 2010 destroyed it. Filmed over seven years, this inspiring documentary shows how a stunned and devastated community worked to pick up the pieces....

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UA Pavilions 2:30 PM

These dynamic shorts explore our internal struggles and define our greatest strengths....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 3:45 PM

In this heartfelt drama from Japan, Misako is a passionate translator of films for the visually impaired. At a screening, she meets Nakamori, an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight—but who can teach her to see what’s right in front of her, provided she’s open to the possibilities....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 4:00 PM

How did one of the most powerful political dynasties in US history withstand a tragic scandal? This drama centers on the media maelstrom surrounding a fatal 1969 car accident involving Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) and a young campaign worker (Kate Mara). Ed Helms and Jim Gaffigan co-star....

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UA Pavilions 4:15 PM

In this unique personal drama of human trafficking—written and directed by Boulder native Emilie Upczak—Zhenzhen follows her brother to Trinidad and Tobago with the help of a smuggler. When her new restaurant job proves dangerous, a local art-gallery owner helps her fight to secure her future....

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UA Pavilions 4:15 PM

A visionary who predicted climate change, Dr. Athelston Spilhaus dreamed of building a domed metropolis free of waste and pollution in the 1970s. What happened to his revolutionary plan? With a wealth of archival materials, Chad Freidrichs documents one man’s extraordinary quest to save the planet....

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UA Pavilions 4:30 PM

Marseilles makes a fittingly edgy backdrop for this French drama of first love careening toward danger. When a shy girl starts hanging out with the cool kids down by the shore, she delights in discovering lives so different from her own. Then the harsh realities of race and class begin to intrude....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 4:30 PM

This experimental documentary uses the life of radical activist Emma Goldman to explore the resurgence of protest in the 21st century. Weaving archive and contemporary footage with reenactments, it exposes the continual conflicts between labor and property, revolutionary purity and personal freedom....

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UA Pavilions 4:30 PM

In 1999, Jessica Gonzales's three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father. Determined to make sure their deaths were not in vain, the Colorado mother sought justice and became an advocate for domestic-violence victims in the process. This is her story....

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UA Pavilions 4:45 PM

Starring Martin Starr, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Kieran Culkin and Kevin Corrigan, this aburdist send-up of contemporary life from director Bob Byington involves babies who don't age, adults who won't grow up and countless mini-comedies of errors....

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UA Pavilions 5:00 PM

This nuanced tale of love and loss follows Thomas from Berlin to Jerusalem, where he finds work in a café run by a grieving widow—with whose husband he had been having an affair. The pair finds comfort in one another’s friendship, but his failure to reveal his identity may leave them doubly bereft....

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Festival Annex 5:30 PM

Filmmaker Monteith McCollum returns to Denver with a live performance work that playfully explores abstract and musical sounds through the use of early recording and communication technologies....

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UA Pavilions 6:15 PM

Meet Danny Houck—a down-on-his-luck, Stradivarius-obsessed recluse in rural Ohio who has somehow convinced a famous concert violinist that he can make a copy of one of the world's rarest, most valuable violins. A hilariously poignant and suspenseful documentary about the true meaning of chutzpah....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 6:15 PM

Félicité’s life is upended when her son is badly injured in an accident. Needing money to save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of electric Kinshasa in Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis’s fierce, music-filled drama, winner of the Silver Bear at this year’s Berlinale....

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UA Pavilions 6:45 PM

The profound question at the heart of this dramatic comedy: if it’s not captured on social media, does it even happen? When PR maven Tasha makes an Internet celebrity of loner Jed, he realizes he will have to decide where his true identity lies—in ho-hum real life or online....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 6:45 PM

Sardonic, unhurried and quietly absurdist, this animated neo-noir set in southern China doubles as a critique of contemporary consumer culture. Director Liu Jian creates a darkly beautiful backdrop for a mob caper that evokes Blade Runner, The Godfather and the works of Tarantino by turns....

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UA Pavilions 6:45 PM

In this hybrid buddy comedy–gangster flick from Taiwan, Na Dow is hired by mob boss Ah Bao as a drug mule. On one fateful trip by taxi with Old Xu—a cabbie who won't stop talking about the meaning of life—the job takes a turn for the worse, and the mismatched duo must rely on each other to survive....

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UA Pavilions 7:00 PM

An old screenplay by legendary cartoonist and author Jules Feiffer has been resurrected for this astute comedy about two old friends who reconnect only to attempt to seduce the women in one another's lives. Starring Jim Rash (Community) and David Koechner (Anchorman)....

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UA Pavilions 7:15 PM

Jordan Melamed set out to chronicle the demise of open outcry—the tradition among commodity traders of verbal orders—in the digital age. But strained relations with his father Leo, a finance-industry legend, led to a fascinating parallel documentary about reconciliation, in business and in life....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 7:15 PM

New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis called Robert Beavers’ Notes From the Notebook of… a “48-minute masterpiece ... elegant, beautiful, complex and austere.” Beavers will be presented with the 2017 Stan Brakhage Vision Award prior to its screening; a reception will follow....

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UA Pavilions 7:30 PM

This gritty drama follows small-time drug dealer Keith from the confines of house arrest back onto the tense streets of Baltimore. Although he wants to make a new start, the allure of criminal life in his depressed neighborhood may be impossible to withstand....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 8:45 PM

In this forceful tribute to community self-defense, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa vividly narrates his remarkable escapades as a vigilante in the crime-ridden New York City of the '70s and '80s, touching on everything from the crack epidemic to his own attempted assassination....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 9:00 PM

In this off-the-wall parody of the slasher genre, two social media–crazed teenage girls who host an online show about real-life tragedies embark on a quest to cement their legacy as modern horror legends—by fitting bloody mayhem into their busy high-school schedules....

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Sie FilmCenter DFF 9:30 PM

Years after witnessing her mother kill her father and sister, Holly tries to live a normal life despite horrific nightmares. But when she meets a charismatic New Age guru, she finds her dreams blurring with her reality in Can Evrenol’s mind-bending, over-the-top homage to Italian pulp horror....

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