Starz Denver Film Festival 2014: Keep On Keepin' On Highlights Fest's Closing Week

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A scene from "Keep On Keepin' On." More photos below.
Our Starz Denver Film Festival opening days roundup noted that the above-average quality of the screenings I caught offered compensation for weak attendance at numerous high-profile events. I wasn't quite so lucky over the course of the fest's last week-plus, but Keep On Keepin' On, a documentary with deep Colorado ties, was the exception that proved the rule.

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Joel Haertling on the Myth of Stan Brakhage and the Faust Films

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Courtesy of Joel Haertling
Joel Haertling stars in Stan Brakhage's Faust's Other: An Idyll.
Avant-garde film legend Stan Brakhage has been both mythologized and demonized. But few deny he was an unstoppable cinematic force, and his best-known works -- Window Water Baby Moving, Mothlight, The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes and Dog Star Man -- are critical parts of the avant-garde film canon.

In the 1980s, musician Joel Haertling collaborated on six films with Brakhage. The filmmaker shot them and Haertling provided the soundtrack -- a rare honor, considering that most of Brakhage's films were entirely silent. In the Faust film series, Haertling also acts -- an experience that was both rewarding and embarrassing. And tonight Haertling will show all four of the Faust films in one program, something that has only occurred a handful of times. In advance of the event, Westword spoke with Haertling about his collaboration with the late filmmaker.

See also: Suranjan Ganguly on Experimental Filmmaker Stan Brakhage

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Starz Denver Film Festival November 21-23 Must-Sees: Watchers of the Sky and More

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An image from Watchers of the Sky.Additional photos and videos below.
Again this year, Starz Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey is offering his must-see picks for each day of the fest -- including many flicks that movie lovers might otherwise miss amid the flood of silver-screen goodies.

Today, he spotlights selections for November 21 (Watchers of the Sky), November 22 (White Shadow) and November 23 (The Overnighters).

See also: The Ten Best Movie Events in Denver in November

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Has Jennifer Lawrence Outgrown Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?

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Can The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 keep up with the first two films? Why was the final book split into two movies? Does Katniss even want to be part of this revolution? On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we discuss all things Hunger Games before moving onto a documentary about Sheffield, England's Pulp, and finishing with a recommendation for Happy Valley, a documentary on the fallout after the Penn State scandal. Be sure to follow our hosts on Twitter: Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap), Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek), and Amy Nicholson (@theamynicholson).

Here's a full rundown of the show:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (11:50)
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (31:00)
Happy Valley (35:46)

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Starz Denver Film Festival November 20 Must-See: Silenced

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An image from "Silenced." Two videos and more below.
Again this year, Starz Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey is offering his must-see picks for each day of the fest -- including many flicks that movie lovers might otherwise miss amid the flood of silver-screen goodies.

Today, he spotlights Silenced.

See also: The Ten Best Movie Events in Denver in November

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See I Am a Knife with Legs, Party with Reel Social Club Friday

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Party like the rock star lead of I Am a Knife With Legs
No film festival is complete without a few sweet parties, and the Starz Denver Film Festival is no exception. If you're only going to hit up one of those parties, make sure it's the one with classic arcade games, DJs and an open bar, all in honor of an award for what has to be one of the strangest films of the whole festival.

"This is our third annual Reel Social Club Indie Voice award. We tie it to one film in the festival and throw an after-party following the film, and welcome a guest we present the award to them," says Reel Social Club co-founder Katie Shapiro. "In previous years we honored Leo Fitzpatrick, Jason Biggs and Jason Ritter."

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Starz Denver Film Festival November 19 Must-See: Viva La Liberta

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Viva La Liberta. A trailer and more below.
Again this year, Starz Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey is offering his must-see picks for each day of the fest -- including many flicks that movie lovers might otherwise miss amid the flood of silver-screen goodies.

Today, he spotlights Viva La Liberta.

See also: The Ten Best Movie Events in Denver in November

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Five Movies to Help Us Embrace the Ebola Frenzy

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Brace yourself for global epidemic and Gwyneth Paltrow without makeup in "Contagion."

Every few years a new epidemic sweeps the nation, spreading hysteria among the masses -- bird flu, swine flu, mad cow disease and this year's contender Ebola. The more you hear about it, the more you're scared. It makes germaphobes looks like geniuses and makes you reconsider ever getting on an airplane or touching anything.

And biological warfare is even more terrifying because there is no fighting it. One minute doctors are experimenting with a new virus, and next thing you know there's a zombie apocalypse. Scared? You should be. But instead of running away, embrace the fear, strap on your breathing mask, and stay inside to watch our top five outbreak movies.

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Starz Denver Film Festival November 18 Must-See: Alleluia

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A scene from Alleluia. A trailer and more below.
Again this year, Starz Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey is offering his must-see picks for each day of the fest -- including many flicks that movie lovers might otherwise miss amid the flood of silver-screen goodies.

Today, he spotlights Alleluia.

See also: The Ten Best Movie Events in Denver in November

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Starz Denver Film Festival 2014: The Real Pleasures of The Imitation Game and More

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Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch and other cast members from "The Imitation Game." Additional photos below.
At the outset of the 2014 Starz Denver Film Festival, the weather gods seemed angry. Historic low temperatures put a damper on turnout for the Opening Night screening of 5 to 7, and daylong snowfall and the lingering freeze did likewise for Saturday's Big Night presentation of an infinitely higher profile offering, The Imitation Game. Yet attendance for other flicks has been extremely solid, and frequently better than that, and the quality of the selections has, for the most part, rewarded those willing to brave the cold.

See also: Starz Denver Film Festival 2014: 5 to 7 Tries to Warm a Frigid Opening Night

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