Women + Film Voices Film Festival showcases four films with a Colorado connection
The fourth annual Women + Film Voices Film Festival opens tonight at the Sie FilmCenter with a diverse array of documentaries, comedies, features and short films all centered on women. This fest has grown in both scope and attendance over its run at the Sie, becoming known as a showcase of stories about women and told by women from all over the world. And for the first time ever, four of the films in this year's lineup involve subjects and filmmakers with Colorado ties. In advance of the festival opening, founder and event producer Tammy Brislin sat down with Westword to give the inside story on these Colorado-proud works.
Work from photographer Suzanne Heintz's documentary short Playing House.
See also: Suzanne Heintz and her plastic love in Life Once Removed
Penny & Red: The Life of Secretariat's Owner
Screening:Wednesday, March 19, 7:15 p.m.
Special guest: Beret Strong, director and daughter of Penny Chenery
"This documentary is about Penny (Chenery Tweedy) who raised the racehorse Secretariat," says Brislin. "Her family moved to Colorado in the '60s and she and her husband were founding members who helped launch the Vail ski resort. Her kids still live here, and it was her son and daughter in-law -- Beret Strong and John Tweedy -- that produced the documentary. Penny is 92 and she still lives here in Boulder with her family.
"I saw this film at the Boulder International Film Festival and it was sort of billed as the 'non-Disney version of the Secretariat movie.' It's really story of her life, not the Disney version. She's a force to be reckoned with."
Screens: Saturday, March 22, 12:30 p.m.
Special guests: Producer Leslie Ellis and director David Knappe
"Bee People is a documentary made by a local woman named Leslie Ellis -- she's made a career change, going from the corporate world into raising bees. Now she advocates for bees on their behalf, encouraging people to have hives and tend the bees."