Movies and Film in Boulder County
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Boulder Arts Week
March 31-April 8
This large-scale, all-inclusive celebration of arts and culture includes art walks, exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, workshops, and a wide variety of dance, theater and musical performances. Find the full schedule of events at www.boulderartsweek.org.
ACT Human Rights Film Festival
April 14-21: Now in its second year, this Fort Collins festival focuses on issues like LGBTQ rights, human trafficking, the fight for democracy, disability rights, homelessness and more. https://actfilmfest.colostate.edu.
April 4-9: This festival draws filmmakers and audiences from around the globe. www.aspenfilm.org.
Fridays & Saturdays: The nonprofit Backdoor Theater in Nederland is a 260-seat film venue that screens first-run, foreign and classic movies most Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm. Admission is only $6 for adults and $3 for kids, and concessions start at 50 cents. At Nederland Community Center, 740 Highway 72 North. Sign up at www.backdoortheater.org to get a weekly email schedule.
The “Boe,” a plush, 60-seat art-house theater at Dairy Arts Center, is outfitted with stadium seating and surround sound. It screens high-quality cinema Wednesday through Sunday, including indie films and live broadcasts of opera and ballet. On Fridays, “FNWeird” (Friday Night Weird) offers “a dose of the unusual.” 2590 Walnut St. www.thedairy.org.
Boulder International Film Festival Best Shorts
March 2-5: Named one of the top 25 coolest film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine, this huge annual festival includes screenings, forums, awards ceremonies, parties, workshops, Q&A discussions and much more, and many events sell out early, so get tickets now. Held at venues in Boulder and Longmont;www.biff1.com.
Boulder Public Library Free Cinema Program
The Boulder Public Library screens a variety of free films open to all, and the lineup includes classic and silent films. The library and its branches also host other movie events, including movie nights just for tweens and teens. A few are listed, but check the full events schedule at www.boulderlibrary.org.
Dec. 9: Stan Brakhage Program, 7pm
Dec. 17: “A Christmas Story,” 7pm
April 8: Watch Buster Keaton’s classic silent film with live accompaniment from the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra. 3pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. www.attheaudi.com; www.broomfieldsymphony.org.
Changes in Latitude Travel Program
Wednesdays: The Changes in Latitude Travel Store offers free travel films, slide shows and photo presentations at 7pm most Wednesdays at 2525 Arapahoe Ave. Here’s a small sampling; find more at www.cil.com.
Dec. 7: Italy: Hiking the Dolomites
Jan. 4 & 11: No shows
Jan. 18: Adventuring in the Antarctic and Nepal
Feb. 1: Packing Light Clinic
Jan. 27: “Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South” follows a team of renowned scientists studying climate change to the bottom of the earth. Mark Serreze, the director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, will be on hand for a post-screening discussion. 7pm at Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road. www.chautauqua.com.
Feb. 24: The Last Man on the Moon
March 3: Yarn
April 21: Unlocking the Cage
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Feb. 23-25: CEFF is an annual event that’s supported and attended by people who value the natural world and share a passion for the power and beauty of film. The weekend includes features and shorts from foreign, local and youth filmmakers. At the American Mountaineering Center in Golden; check www.ceff.net for info.
Denver Jewish Film Festival
Feb. 8-19: Check www.maccjcc.org for updated information.
Firehouse First Friday Films
1st Fridays: The Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave. in Longmont, shows films at 7pm on first Fridays, with free beer and popcorn. Check the lineup at www.firehouseart.org.
Front Range Film Festival
April 27-30: FRFF celebrates Colorado’s independent filmmakers and others during four days of screenings, receptions and panel discussions. Check www.frontrangefilmfest.com in the spring for updated details and Longmont venues.
Dec. 14: See listing under Local Events/Forums, Lectures & Workshops.
International Film Series
This popular art-house film festival—Boulder’s oldest—screens more than 100 films every school year on the CU campus; check www.internationalfilmseries.com for the spring schedule, and sign up for email updates.
Longmont Museum: Views & Brews Film Series
Thursdays, Feb. 9-March 23: Watch a popular movie, enjoy a themed cocktail (or kid-friendly drink) and stroll through the museum’s galleries during this special film series. Doors open at 6pm at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. www.longmontcolorado.gov/museum.
Phipps IMAX Theater at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Movies shown in 3-D on DMNS’s huge IMAX screen make the action and adventure more realistic and spine-tingling. 2001 Colorado Blvd. in Denver. www.dmns.org.
Through Feb. 9: Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs; A Beautiful Planet; National Parks Adventure; Wild Africa
Stanley Film Festival
April 27-30: Annual festival showcases classic and contemporary horror films, all set at the haunted and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Check www.stanleyfilmfest.com in the spring for more information and a schedule of events.
Vail Film Festival
March 30-April 2: Events include screenings, filmmaker receptions and live music performances. www.vailfilmfestival.com.
Jan. 27: “White Mirror,” a short film by dance filmmaker Robert Sher-Machherndl of Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, screens as part of a free special event commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 6pm at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 909 14th St. in Denver. www.lemonspongecake.org.