Movies and Film in Boulder County
Adventure Film Festival and Street Fair
Oct. 6-8: Homegrown in Boulder, this popular film festival showcases the year’s most insightful and groundbreaking independent films, from outdoor exploration to environmental heroism. The companion street fair features live music, raffle prizes, vendors, food trucks and beer. www.adventurefilm.org.
Oct. 3-8: Six-day noncompetitive festival showcases narrative, documentary and independent features. Details: www.aspenfilm.org.
Fridays & Saturdays: Watch first-run, foreign and classic classic movies most Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm at Nederland’s nonprofit film venue. 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
Save the Date: This huge annual festival isn’t until February, but early-bird tickets are already available, and the most popular events often sell out. www.biff1.com.
Oct. 6: BIFF Best Shorts, 7pm at Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road
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.
Sundays: Doris’ Sunday Matinee, 1pm (Main)
Oct. 13: Movie Night: “Beetlejuice” (Meadows)
Oct. 21: Home Movie Day, noon-3pm (Main)
Breckenridge Film Festival
Sept. 21-24: Four days of screenings at venues around Breckenridge; www.breckfilmfest.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.
Sept. 27: Orangutans in Malaysia
Oct. 25: Touring the French Canal
Nov. 29: Exploring Thailand
Chautauqua’s popular silent-film series features oldies but goodies and live accompaniment by either Hank Troy on piano, the Mont Alto Silent Picture Orchestra, or the Silent Cinema Trio; check online for fall dates. The fall lineup also includes other film presentations, as listed below. Chautauqua is at 900 Baseline Road. www.chautauqua.com.
Sept. 19: “Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados”
Oct. 6: “MERU: The Struggle to Climb Mount Meru”
Nov. 3: “Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys”
Dec. 1: “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators”
Denver Art Museum
Through Sept. 10: “The Western: An Epic in Art and Film” is the first major exhibition to examine the Western film genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present. The 160 works offer a visual journey that goes beyond cowboys, bandits and barroom brawls. Free for 18 and younger. At Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. www.denverartmuseum.org.
Denver Film Festival
Nov. 1-12: Showcases more than 250 blockbusters, docs, shorts and indies; check www.denverfilm.org for updates.
Films for Broomfield Fish
Nov. 26: Five holiday films will be screened at the Broomfield Auditorium as a fundraiser for Broomfield FISH’s Break from Hunger Program; check www.attheaudi.com for updated details. In the meantime, you can cast your vote for which five films will be shown; choices include “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Home Alone” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
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.
Fiske Fulldome Film Festival
Oct. 5-21: Third-annual event showcases immersive films, live music performances, experimental works and stunning footage from the August 2017 total eclipse. At Fiske Planetarium on the CU campus; find more info and ticket details at www.colorado.edu/fiske.
Flatirons Food Film Festival
Sept. 27-Oct. 1: Feast on “reel food” at this annual festival that celebrates exceptional culinary cinema. Most films screen on the CU campus; there are also panel discussions and other special events. www.flatironsfoodfilmfest.org.
Sept. 21: 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 fall schedule, and sign up for email updates.
Longmont Museum: Views & Brews Film Series
Thursdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 2: Watch a popular Halloween-themed 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 Roadwww.longmontcolorado.gov/museum.
Oct. 5: “Ghostbusters,” paired with the “Slimer” cocktail
Oct. 12: “Shaun of the Dead,” paired with the “Brain Drain” cocktail
Oct. 19: “Interview with the Vampire,” paired with the “Bloodsucker” cocktail
Oct. 26: “Casper,” paired with Casper’s Cocktail Nov. 2: Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” paired with “Til Death Do Us Part” cocktail
Oct. 15: “The Triplets of Belleville,” an award-winner from the Cannes Film Festival, brings exciting animation to Macky’s big screen, accompanied by the film’s score performed by Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville. On the CU campus; check www.cupresents.org for details.
Manhattan Short Film fest
Oct. 3-8: Manhattan Short is a unique film festival that allows 100,000 moviegoers in more than 25 cities across the continents to simultaneously view the 10 finalist films and vote for their favorite. Boulder screenings culminate with the winner being announced live on Oct. 8. 7pm each evening at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. www.manhattanshort.com; www.thedairy.org.
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 Oct. 5: Incredible Predators; Mysteries of China
Opens Oct. 6: Conquest of the Skies
Reel Rock Film Tour
September, TBA: This annual world tour normally kicks off the season at Chautauqua, featuring exclusive premieres of short action films, plus appearances by athletes, a vendor village and a beer garden. 2017 details weren’t available at press time, so check www.reelrocktour.com for details.
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
Nov. 10-12: The longest-running women’s film festival in North America, now celebrating 30 years, happens each year in Colorado Springs; check www.rmwfilmfest.org for details.
Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
Fall, TBA: Sans Souci (“carefree”) is a small film festival that specializes in dance cinema and frequently incorporates live performances. The films (all free or low-cost) are presented on several different dates this fall at three area venues; check www.sanssoucifest.org for the schedule.
Warren Miller Film Tour
Nov. 9-12: Warren Miller’s 68th full-length feature film is “Line of Descent,” showcasing skiing icons in Squaw Valley and Jackson Hole. This year’s tour also includes stops in Denver, Parker, Lakewood and Fort Collins; find the full schedule at www.skinet.com. Boulder screenings are at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St.; www.bouldertheater.com.