Daniel Junge, Louie Psihoyos Show Documentaries at Sundance

Categories: Film and TV

Filmmaker Daniel Junge.
Filmmaker Daniel Junge, who won an Academy Award in 2012 for the documentary short Saving Face, made his official Sundance Film Festival debut yesterday with his new documentary, Being Evel. And another Colorado filmmaker, Louie Psihoyos, was back at the iconic Utah festival this past weekend with his second doc.

See also: Daniel Junge on his Oscar nomination, Saving Face, and the Colorado film industry

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Sundance: Samuel Klemke's Time Machine Is the Sad Sequel to Boyhood

Categories: Film and TV

Richard Linklater ended his feel-good Best Picture contender on a high. His star, eighteen-year-old would-be artist Mason, graduated high school and was ready to conquer the world. But what if Linklater had kept filming? And what if Mason wasn't an actor, but a real teenage boy?

Meet Samuel Klemke. He, too, was the creative kid in class. But Sam was even more ambitious and outgoing. In high school in the 70s, Sam got a video camera and began recording everything himself -- no Oscar-nominated director required.

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Six Reasons Why Suspiria Is a Cut Above Other Horror Films

Categories: Film and TV

Dario Argento's ballet of terror dances its way to the big screen at the Alamo.
Italian horror film maestro Dario Argento has been freaking out audiences since he first burst on the scene in 1970 with the first in a series of Hitchcock-infused thrillers whose titles matched their stylistic terrors: The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, Cat o' Nine Tails, Four Flies on Grey Velvet and Deep Red. Those early films were based on "giallos," popular books printed on cheap paper (the word itself translates to "yellow," which addresses the paper's distinct hue), which were brimming with sordid tales full of eroticism, murders and all sorts of psychological intrigue and terror.

Argento's first film to stray from and yet expand the giallo formula, 1977's Suspiria -- which screens Wednesday at the Alamo Drafthouse in its Scream Screen series -- became his cinematic masterpiece and raised the bar for horror filmmakers for decades. Sadly, Argento himself could not best the film in the years that followed.

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Sarah Fitzgerald Blurs the Line Between Graphic Design and Fine Art

Sarah Fitzgerald
"The Snow Line."
You can find art all over town -- not just on gallery walls. In this series, we'll be looking at some of the local artists who serve up their work in coffeehouses and other non-gallery businesses around town.

"I am a transplant," says painter Sarah Fitzgerald. "I went to design school at DAAP, at the University of Cincinnati, where my major was graphic design. They have a five-year co-op program, so I bounced around all over the United States, working in design firms in fun cities like Boston and San Francisco." But Denver ended up being the most fun destination, and Fitzgerald and her family set down roots here about four years ago. "As cliché as it sounds, the mountains and sunshine really resonated with us," says Fitzgerald. Since then, she's managed to convert her graphic-design training into a healthy fine arts career.

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Matt Hays Talks Animation, Balance and the Local Tattoo Community

Categories: Tattoos

Matt Hays didn't get his first tattoo until he was 25. But from then on, he was hooked on the art-form, a departure from his background in 3D animation and video production. Colorado native Hays has now been tattooing for more than six years, and currently works at Mammoth American. We caught up with Hays to talk about why he left the dark editing room, balancing work and family life, and the Denver tattoo community.

See also: Joe Miller on Changing Direction, Staying Motivated and Drawing Free-Hand

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Three Things to Do for Free in Denver, January 26-29

Categories: Things To Do

If things go the way the local weathercasters are predicting, this last week of January is going to feel a lot more like March. Take advantage of that and get out of the house to experiment with film, be a rock god or eat food made by a comedian, all for free. For more options, check out the online Westword calendar, and tell us about any free events we missed in the comments section below.

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Colorado Seeking Applications for the First-Ever Youth Poet Laureate for Denver

Photo by Daniel Sawyer Schaefer for Brave New Voices
Minor Disturbance has been supporting youth poets for years.
Denver may no longer have an adult poet laureate -- the position was eliminated a few years ago to save money -- but the state still does: his name is Joe Hutchison. But on Friday, Colorado Creative Industry -- the state's art agency announced that it is accepting applications for the first-ever Denver Youth Poet Laureate.

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Best of Denver 2015 Readers' Poll: Tell Us Your Favorites!

Categories: Best of Denver

Twist & Shout
Gary Hart, John Elway and Stapleton International Airport. All three of those blasts from the past won awards in our Best of Denver issue back in 1988. So did Colfax Avenue, which won Best Neon Strip that year. And while the longest, wickedest street in America has changed a lot in the intervening years, Colfax has continued to light up the night. Last year, the venerable Twist & Shout won Best Store on Colfax -- again -- while the Sie FilmCenter next door won Best Movie Theater -- Programming. And that's just the start.

See also: Best of Denver 2014 Winners

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Nicole DeBoom on Skirt Sports, Fitness and How Fashion Can Enhance Athletic Performance

Categories: Fashion, Sports

Photos courtesy of Skirt Sports
Looking fashionable while working out in comfort can be a challenge; some women want to break a sweat without resorting to sweatpants. That's why the Boulder-based sportswear clothing brand Skirt Sports was born. Founder Nicole DeBoom, a swimmer in the 1988 Olympic Trials, was a professional triathlete from 1999 to 2005; she's competed in over 100 triathlon events, including six Ironman competitions, and was named the 2004 Ironman Wisconsin Champion. And now she's applying that same competitive attitude to actionwear; Skirt Sports pioneered the running skirt and remains one of the only women's sports apparel brands with a full line of products including leggings, sports bras, tanks, running skirts and accessories. The company also sponsors clinics to help women to achieve their running goals.

We recently chatted with DeBoom, founder/CEO of Skirt Sports, to find out how being a triathlete influenced her clothing line and how she's changing her community.

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Steve Rannazzisi on Fantasy Football and Ridiculous Passions

Steve Rannazzisi is best-known to fans as the long-suffering Kevin MacArthur on FXX's The League, but he's also a prolific standup comedian. Touring the country regularly, Rannazzisi has seen his career progress from humble beginnings working the door at the infamous Comedy Store in Los Angeles to performing on Conan, @Mindnight and the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco. We caught up with Rannazzisi in advance of his headlining engagement at Comedy Works to discuss fantasy football fans, putting a new hour together, and why people's passion for the ridiculous is a recipe for comedy.

See also: Ari Shaffir on His New Show, Death Threats, Shroomfest 2015 and Colorado Bro-Dudes

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