House Candidate Susan Kochevar is Starring in a Drama Over Her 88 Drive-In Theatre

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Bree Davies.
Drive-ins were once a major part of the movie theater landscape, but most of them have closed over the past few decades as indoor multiplexes have taken over. In the Denver area, only one remains: the 88 Drive-In Theatre in Commerce City. Business there, it seems, has never been better. It's so good, in fact, that Susan Kochevar, whose family has owned the outdoor movie house since 1976, is in a traffic-related tussle with the city.

See also: Could Commerce City Shut Down 88 Drive-In, Metro Denver's Last Drive-In Theater?

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Podcast Profiles: Werewolf Radar Gets Weird

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The Werewolf Radar crew with guest Andrew Orvedahl at El Charrito

Podcasts are in tune with the democratized spirit of Internet media: anyone with a microphone and a computer can offer their listeners hours of recordings, usually for free. Limited only by their imaginations, podcasters have a freedom of expression unrestricted by commerce, censorship or geography. Here to celebrate Denver's great ones is Podcast Profiles, documenting the peculiar personalities behind them.

Perhaps no local podcast has a clearer mission than Werewolf Radar, a paranormal investigation that mines the darkest recesses of human understanding for laughs. "Like all perfect unions, ours was borne of conversation and the realization that nobody else was filling the niche where comedy and the X Files intermix," says co-host Nate Balding.

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Free Colorado Day showing of the original True Grit, made in Colorado

Categories: Colorado Film

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John Wayne shows true grit.
It takes grit to make a movie in Colorado -- sometimes True Grit. This state's film industry has gotten mixed reviews over the years, but there's no question that producer Hal Wallis created a classic when he made True Grit, based on the book by Charles Portis, in Colorado in 1969. The San Juan Mountains provide the stunning background for a performance by John Wayne, playing U.S. marshal "Rooster" Cogburn, a "one-eyed fat man," that wound up winning the icon his first Academy Award. And on Friday, August 1, you can be a winner, too, because there will be a free showing of the original True Grit in Civic Center Park in honor of Colorado Day.

See also: Ten hit movies filmed in Colorado

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Sands Theatre in Brush makes the leap into the digital age with a new film projector

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Anthony Camera.
Joe Machetta, owner and operator of the Sands Theatre since the late 1950s.
The new projector that Joe Machetta has been waiting for has finally arrived. The owner of the Sands -- focus of the cover story "Can the Sands Theatre survive digital conversion?" -- was looking at a questionable future for the movie house he's been running in Brush since 1958. But with the helping hand of local nonprofit Downtown Colorado Inc. and its Save Our Screens campaign and the robust support of the Brush community, the Sands recently made the pricey conversion to a digital cinema projection system. And now the lights will stay on.

See also: Save Our Screens wants the show to go on at rural cinemas, like the Sands in Brush

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The ten best comedy events in Denver this July

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Robyn Von Swank/ IFC

July, with its sweltering afternoons and late evening sunsets, is filled with a kind of sun-dappled shapelessness; its days were once described by Ada Louise Huxtable as "jeweled balm for the battered spirit."

Balming the battered is also a standup comedian's job description, and this month promises a healing wave of laughs washing over our arid city, featuring seasoned chortle-mongers from across the country. From one-night only theater appearances by sitcom stars to comedy nerd heroes at local clubs, battered spirits from across the spectrum of comedy fandom will find plenty of opportunities to laugh in air-conditioned comfort.

See also: The ten best geek events in Denver in July

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Local filmmaker Scout Wise talks about her CPT12 film debut tonight

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Comic Nathan Lund plays Stan in Scout Wise's Stan Needs a Maid.
Though it has been a few years since filmmaker Scout Wise produced her silent film Stan Needs a Maid, the Denver native is proudly part of a group of once-student filmmakers who will be showcasing their work tonight on CPT 12. Now working in the Bay Area as an associate producer on documentary films, Wise credits the UC Denver's film program for giving her the skills and real-life experience she needed to start her career in movie-making.

In advance of Stan Needs a Maid's local television debut tonight, Wise talked with Westword about what it takes to make a movie on a student budget and how she landed local comedian Nathan Lund as the lead role in a story loosely based on the filmmaker's own dad.

See also: Q&A with Denver Silent Film Fest Coordinator Howie Movshovitz

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Local sci-fi web series The Inner Dimension to premiere at Denver Comic Con

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Three people get lost in a strange new world where mystery and danger abound. In the process of figuring out how to return home to the real world, they will uncover a secret that puts the fate of not just the planet, but perhaps the entire universe, at stake. That's the premise of The Inner Dimension, a locally produced web series that's launching this weekend at Denver Comic Con.

See also: Dance like a nerd at Rock Comic Con

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Rhinoceropolis becomes a life-size diorama to house art and music for Fantasia 2014

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A look at Rhinoceropolis as it transforms into an aquarium world for Fantasia 2014.
For this year's edition of Fantasia 2014, Colin Ward says he was moved to action by the urban environment he experiences every day.

"For years I've been diehard passionate about the world kind of waking up -- I believe that there are so many bad decisions being made with the design of cities," says the artist, musician and one of many collaborators behind this art and music gathering. "Urban environments are boring; whoever is in charge of these shared physical spaces -- it's like we're walking around in someone else's program."

See also: Over the weekend: Fantasia 2012 at Rhinoceropolis

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World Football Film Festival kicks off in Denver in June

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Denver Film Society
Scene from Next Goal Wins.
Just in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Denver Film Society and America SCORES Denver are teaming up with the Three Lions pub and SOCCER ELECTRIC to hold Denver's first annual World Football Film Festival.

The festival, which is set for June 5 to June 8 at the Sie FilmCenter, will show eight to ten films focusing on soccer (not, not American football), with everything from family-friendly movies to documentaries.

See also: Denver Film Society successfully raises $3.5 million for Sie FilmCenter

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One Day in Denver: It's a wrap!

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On April 26, professional and amateur filmmakers alike joined in the "One Day in Denver" project, part of "One Day on Earth: Your Day. Your City. Your Future." During this participatory media event, they documented the answers to ten questions on the future of Denver; meanwhile, filmmakers in eleven other U.S. cities did the same.

See also: One Day in Denver invites filmmakers to document the city for a collective film

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