Daniel Junge, Louie Psihoyos Show Documentaries at Sundance

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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.

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

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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

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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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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.

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Celebrate a Century of Rocky Mountain National Park This Weekend

Winter in the park: Copeland Mountain as seen from Copeland Lake.
Americans love their national parks. And Colorado people love, love, love Rocky Mountain National Park, a 416- square-mile expanse of towering peaks, glacial lakes, tundra, forests and meadows less than two hours' drive from Denver. Despite being much smaller in size than Yellowstone or Yosemite, RMNP typically ranks among the five busiest national parks in the country and last year drew more than 3.4 million visitors, a new record -- just as the park's on the verge of marking its hundredth birthday.

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

To the untrained eye, Ari Shaffir looks like an overnight success. Hot off the heels of his latest one-hour special Paid Regular, which aired January 16 on Comedy Central, Shaffir has a new series, This Is Not Happening, premiering on the January 22. The taste-making network will also be distributing and showing reruns of Shaffir's first hour, Passive Aggressive. Despite the confluence of successes, Shaffir has been quietly plugging away at his act for years, generating web content like his video series "The Amazing Racist" and steadfastly recording the popular podcast The Skeptic Tank week after week. With all that, Shaffir will be in town at the end of the month to headline at the downtown Comedy Works, his favorite club. We recently caught up with Shaffir to discuss his new special, offending audiences and his love of psilocybin mushrooms.

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Oscars Podcast: Can you Identify the Traits of 'Oscar Bait?'

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The bi-coastal film pod continues in 2015! In New York, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, along with Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, connect via the magic of the Internet with LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson to discuss the nominations for this year's Academy Awards, announced on January 15. The trio attempt to settle once and for all what sorts of movies make the Academy salivate, while other seemingly great films go stale. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims or jokes to filmpod@villagevoice.com and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub. Read all of our movie reviews.

Five Hip-Hop Pioneers Introduced to the World in Wild Style, Screening Monday

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Charlie Ahearn's hip-hop documentary was never late to the party -- it was right on time.
There aren't many filmmakers who are in the right place at the right time to capture the start of a subculture; most documentary projects come together around an idea or movement when popularity is at a fever pitch -- but by the time the dust settles and the film comes out, the fever has cooled and we're left with an embarrassing relic of a moment in time. (See the two dueling Lambada movies in 1990 -- or better yet...don't).

Charlie Ahearn's 1983 triumphant Wild Style, playing Monday, January 19 at the Alamo Drafthouse, is one of those rare films that was ahead of the zeitgeist. It was instrumental in successfully documenting a new little movement called hip-hop and its fresh, multiple points of entry: graffiti art, break-dancing, fashion, turntable mastery and rap music. Ahearn had been approached by charming graffiti artist Fred Braithwaite, who essentially handed him the keys to the kingdom: Hang out with Fab Five Freddy and his friends who were starting an artistic revolution in the Bronx, turn the camera on -- and the film will practically make itself.

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Beating for Christ: Daniel Junge's Fight Church Plays Friday Night

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Daniel Junge's documentary Fight Church explores the world of Christian mixed martial artists.
Jesus talked a lot about loving the underdog, the meek, the oppressed and the poor. He argued God is love and told his disciple to turn the other cheek. Jesus's life ended in violence and bloodshed from which he could have liberated himself, but he chose not to fight -- and so that life ended as he hung on the cross.

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Colorado State Patrol Looking for Recruits -- at Local Movie Theaters

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Screen shot from the new I Am a Trooper promo film by the Colorado State Patrol.
This Friday, January 16, marks the start of the Colorado State Patrol's new application process. But to get people interested in the idea of a job in law enforcement, the CSP has created a short promotional video highlighting the women in state patrol -- and the fifteen-second video just started airing in 39 theaters across the state.

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