There's a lively film scene in Colorado, from famous events like the Telluride Film Festival to more intimate gatherings. Get together with some friends and devote an evening to watching a movie, or a weekend to making one yourself.
Film on the Rocks
It's not summer in Colorado without a trip to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison for Film on the Rocks. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Film on the Rocks, a collaborative effort of Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Film Society. See classic and recent films paired with local bands on a huge screen under starlight. This year's movies for July and August include “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “The Big Lebowski.” Purchase tickets at http://film.redrocksonline.com/fotr. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and films begin at dusk.
Headquarters for the Denver Film Society, the Sie FilmCenter is a great destination for any movie buff. Located in Denver, the FilmCenter showcases more than 600 films each year from all over the world, from exclusive first-run movies to art-house revival films. The schedule changes weekly. In addition, it hosts symposia and special series events, receptions and Q&As with renowned filmmakers, and yearly film festivals. See the schedule and other information about the FilmCenter and the Denver Film Society at http://www.denverfilm.org.
Make a movie in two days
At the beginning of August, the 48-Hour Film Project visits Denver. This whirlwind event pits filmmaking teams against each other to create a short movie in two days. Filmmakers are provided with a prompt that includes the film genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue, all of which must be included in the final product. Movies are created from Aug. 1-3 during Denver's tour stop. Finished films will be screened at the Oriental Theater on Aug. 10. For information about the dates, entry fees, and other vital statistics, see http://www.48hourfilm.com/en/denver/.
Telluride Film Festival
The best of Hollywood and independent filmmakers converge on Telluride every Labor Day weekend. From Aug. 29–Sept. 1, mingle with other film buffs and see the best of the best of the year's new movies. Past movies that have debuted at Telluride include “Brokeback Mountain,” “Juno,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” and “The King's Speech.” Be the first to see next year's Oscar winners by purchasing passes at http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/show/passes.
Learn to be a moviemaker
Always wanted to make movies? Try a workshop from the Colorado Film Institute. From July 12 to Aug. 3, you can spend your weekends making a short film with experienced filmmakers in Broomfield. After completing the workshop, you can see your movie screened at the 2015 Vail Film Festival. Get behind the camera to make your own work of art — you might find yourself perfectly suited for a career in filmmaking. For more information on this workshop as well as others, visit http://coloradofilminstitute.org/film-lab-class/.
An evening at the movies or a weekend at a film festival is a great way to learn about the world or just enjoy the entertainment. Discover a new favorite moviemaker, or become one yourself, and make this summer one to remember.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado