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Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and the stepsister of Anne Frank, embarks on an ambitious new project: to preserve her story in the form of a hologram that will interact with the generations to come.
She's beautiful, artistic, beloved—and she can't stand to be alive. Documentary filmmaker Hope Litoff seeks to piece together the life and death of her sister Ruth; in the process, she gives a devastating account of the toll her investigation takes on her own mental health.
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.
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.
The ancient Chinese game called Go is said to have more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe—making it an epic battleground for human versus artificial intelligence. This fascinating documentary invites you to a challenge match between a famed Go master and a computer program.
In this taut, sensitive portrayal of teenage alienation, bullied eighth-grader Edwin is pressured by his only friend into a plot for revenge. Hope rises when an empathetic teacher recognizes his drawing skills—but as the stresses he faces continue to mount, catastrophe seems inevitable.
When famed frontier lawman Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) is killed, his longtime sidekick Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) will stop at nothing to avenge his death in this homage to the golden age of Westerns, which inhabits the gray area between the heroes who wear the white hats and the villains in black.
Cleveland, Ohio, attempts to overcome its nickname—The Mistake by the Lake—by launching a bunch of balloons.
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).
March 12, 1928: the sound a horse makes as it's drowning.
Get to know the man behind the myth (and the bowtie): Bill Nye's journey from beloved kids' show host to elder statesman of and spokesman for the scientific community is chronicled in this thoughtful documentary.
Bishop Briggs is anything but mellow surrounded by yellow.
DFF regular Mike Ott's latest genre-bender follows five real people in rural California striving—more or less—to realize their dreams of Hollywood stardom. As with many of his films (e.g. DFF39's co-directed Actor Martinez), the vérité result is hypnotic, funny and agonizing by turns.
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.
A young woman is forced to reconnect with her hippie mother in order to euthanize their beloved pet chicken.
Gregory Crichlow left his architecture job in 2011 to start a bicycle shop in Five Points, a traditionally African-American and Latino neighborhood in Denver. Servicing residents’ bikes keeps the doors open, but hand-building steel frames is what inspires him.
Before opening his new restaurant, a desperate chef seeks constructive feedback from his friends.
In a surrealist take on a 1950s commercial, a bored housewife attempts to spice up her marriage by preparing a delicious meatloaf for dinner.
This observational documentary explores the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesaler complex in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China.
An ode to the magic of solitude, “Back in the Brain” is seen through the eyes of Bob the Hippie, an extremely groovy dude who lives inside of a lava lamp.
In this outlandish romantic tragicomedy, the losses are literal when a pre-wedding hunting trip in the Colorado mountains spins out of control. Now the happy couple must struggle to make everything right again.
A Hollywood scriptreader comes across a screenplay that may or may not cause the horrific death of anyone who passes on it.
Adapted from Francine Prose’s acclaimed novel Blue Angel, this biting morality play about lust, ambition and the allure of scandal stars Stanley Tucci as a professor caught in a midlife crisis, a love triangle and a serious ethical dilemma all at the same time. Kyra Sedgwick co-stars.
Director Craig Gillespie traces the rise and ignominious fall of competitive ice skater–turned–tabloid villain Tonya Harding (a terrific Margot Robbie) in this outrageous, tragicomic biopic built around one of the most ridiculous scandals in the history of American sports. Allison Janney co-stars.
In this dark comedic drama from acclaimed Irish-British writer-director Martin McDonagh, Frances McDormand stars as the mother of a murder victim. With the case unsolved, she commissions three billboards that send a message to the revered local police chief (Woody Harrelson). And so a furious battle
Acclaimed actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with this dramatic comedy, which explores both the humor and the pathos of the turbulent relationship between mothers and daughters while pondering the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
In this brave documentary, filmmaker Travis Wilkerson returns to his Alabama home to turn the camera on his own family's darkest secrets. Decades ago, his great-grandfather killed an African-American man but was never charged, due not least to a culture of racism that persists today.
Every season is a dizzying, smart, dangerous, unexpected (for us, not the people involved) and fun adventure that explores a different genre. Season one was about time travel with body-swapping, and this season involves an injection of fantasy.
At 94 years old, Fred Beckey is the original “Dirtbag"—a mountaineer who abandons societal norms and material comforts in pursuit of a nomadic lifestyle. Here's the heretofore untold story of an American icon whose name evokes mystery, adulation and vitriol in climbing circles to this day.
Troubled drifter Alex returns home to find that his childhood abuser, the cause of his pain, is still alive. Armed with this knowledge, Alex plots revenge while navigating the landscape of small-town America—fraught with danger and desperation—in Travis Mathews's examination of masculine fragility.
Decaying 16mm footage of monkeys in a zoo provides a poetic meditation on our relationship to caged animals—at once voyeuristic and compassionate.
This short is a reflection on friendships and personal journeys. Also, dogs!
Two women carry out a bizarre relationship in a suburban setting.
Mark Borchardt—the director of Coven and the subject of American Movie (DFF23)—steps behind the camera once again for this documentary about an annual UFO festival in rural Wisconsin, which he experiences as equal parts sky-watching and heavy drinking with eccentric locals.
Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from the silent era and cast into a surreal epic that upends the Frankenstein myth. Composed of over 6,000 collages, with music and sound design by Lech Jankowski, Edge of Alchemy examines the female psyche.
Having escaped from the cult they were raised in, two brothers try to get on with their lives. Then one day a message arrives which prompts them to return. They soon find themselves in a world far more disturbing than anything they could ever have imagined in this creepy fantasy.
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.
The Eyeslicer is a mind-melting new variety show of late-night shorts that will slice, dice and mince your eyeballs into a stew of weirdness. Join co-creator Dan Schoenbrun for a one-night-only live screening featuring a robot host, milk and cookies, and an episode presented in Smell-O-Vision.
A love story between two women and their religion.
This visually stimulating profile of Colorado sculptor Jordan Wilbanks explores his relationship to the medium and material of metal sculpture.
Feist battles her adversary through dance under a highway overpass.
An assassin with a near-perfect NCAA basketball-playoffs bracket deals with the burdens of her job and the distractions of being a sports fanatic.
An adolescent girl comes of age against the backdrop of Ted Bundy's execution in 1989.
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.
Fleeing her past, small-town girl Jennifer is starting over in the big city. But becoming whole again is hard to do when something is eating at you while you sleep—literally. This horror flick by Colorado filmmaker Haylar Garcia delves with equal gusto into paranormal and psychological phenomena.
With a sharp ensemble cast including Emily Browning, Mary-Louise Parker, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny and the Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz, writer-director Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel, SDFF34) plumbs the depths of modern domestic despair in all its dark comedy.
A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial.
We often talk about dystopian futures. But aren't present times actually dystopian? “Morning Sound” is an ode to women’s rights through the interplay of time, space and light.
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.
War photographer Chris Hondros spent a decade documenting conflict around the globe—until he was killed while on assignment in 2011. Directed by his friend and colleague Greg Campbell, this eloquent documentary pays tribute to the late photojournalist's courage and compassion.
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