Filmmaker Guy Maddin on cinematic séances and the Brakhage Symposium

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Guy Maddin
Filmmaker Guy Maddin resurrects the ghosts of silent cinema in his 2000 film The Heart of the World.
Filmmaker Guy Maddin says that watching a movie has more in common with a paranormal séance than meets the eye; he remembers the first time he realized that the French word for a movie screening is "séance," which translates into "a sitting." Both activities take place in the dark; both are enchanting; both evoke spirits from the past who have been separated from their physical bodies. Attempting to resurrect lost movies -- films improperly stored and turned to vinegar, destroyed to make room for new stock or abandoned in closets (in 1981, the original cut of Carl Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc was found in a janitor's closet in a mental hospital in Oslo Maddin says) -- the filmmaker holds public séances where he puts actors into a trance and shoots his own adaptations of missing films. He sees himself as a spirit guide summoning the sad souls of lost movies. "I've been shooting one film in public per day. I did three weeks in Paris, two in Montreal, and I'm always looking to shoot more. I wanted to shoot a hundred films for one hundred days, but it looks like it's going to be more like seventy," says Maddin, who will be performing a séance and participating in the Brakhage Symposium at the University of Colorado Boulder this weekend.

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100 Colorado Creatives: Lynne Bruning

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Lynne Bruning, Hello Kitty Valentine eTextile Tutorial.
#13: Lynne Bruning

Denver-based but with an international following, Lynne Bruning studied neuroscience and architecture, but found her place in the world as a weaver, designer and well-traveled e-textile expert active in the worlds of the Internet, Maker Faires, hackerspaces and Burning Man. In a brilliant twist, Bruning blends an innate proficiency in the most ancient of textile arts with the most progressive ideas, somehow remaining down-home while also being technologically sophisticated at the same time. We asked Bruning to share her intercontinental point of view by answering the 100CC questionnaire; keep reading and see if you can keep up.

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Menswear Mondays: Hyatt worker Marques Pryor on his tech fashion

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha

Fashion is a creative field, in which people can take materials from the strangest of places and re-purpose them as wearable pieces of art. Someone who we caught rocking innovative menswear is Marques Pryor, a cashier at a Hyatt hotel , who was wearing a circuit board turned lapel pin. Read here to learn where he shops, his style inspirations, and his favorite accessory.

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Can Aereo become the next player in the broadcast business?

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Alex Brown

It was a sad day when television switched from analog to digital. People had to go out and buy antennas and converter boxes just to watch basic television that had been free forever. Those antennas were never quite reliable, though, and while cable was more consistent, it was also more costly.

Enter Aereo, a new antenna service that is giving consumers another option for TV service. Today Aereo hosted its official launch in the Denver market at Galvanize, and we were there.

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Take Charge plugs into National Plug In Day Saturday

Categories: Events, Family, Tech

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From the DMCC's Facebook page
Scene from 2012 National Plug In Day.
If you're interested in saving money on gas and maintenance for your vehicle, get in gear and head over to "Take Charge," Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition's third annual National Plug In Day. It will rev up on Saturday in the parking lot at South High School. Chevy, Nissan, Tessla and many others will have vehicles available for test drives, and experts will be on hand to answer questions about tax incentives as well as to demonstrate how easy it is to operate an electric vehicle.

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Bedloo lets the world tell you what to wear

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From Bedloo's Facebook
Bedloo founders Vince Plummer,Todd Jones and Daron Destiny at their New York launch party.
Decisions, decisions. All day long, we struggle to make decisions: what to wear, what to eat, what to watch. We used to have to make these decisions on our own -- until we realized the power of social media. Now, thanks to the new app Bedloo, we never need to fret over decisions again.

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Video: Harlem Globetrotter TNT Maddox on the skills it takes to join the team

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Emilie Johnson
Watch TNT Maddox show off her skills below.
Height doesn't matter -- and neither do skill level or age, really. All that matters at the Harlem Globetrotters basketball clinic is that children bring their A-game. For the entire week, Harlem Globetrotter TNT Maddox, a Colorado native, and her fellow player Slick, have been hanging out in her home state to teach six- to 12-year-old children basketball, self-esteem and other life skills. Want to see those skills? Continue reading for our one-on-one video.

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- Colorado Springs native TNT Maddox on how she became a Harlem Globetrotter
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Pay phones finally evicted from Boulder's Pearl Street Mall

Categories: Shopping, Tech

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Emilie Johnson
On the corner of 11th and Pearl, where two pay phones used to be.
They can't fit in your pocket and they are not considered "smart," which is why pay phones no longer have a home on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall.

Is this just another sign of the changing times? The phones disappeared when new information kiosks came in, according to Boulder Downtown and University Hill Management. "It's kind of like a cash register. There are just certain things where technology has just moved on," says Molly Winter, director of Downtown and University Hill Management and Parking Services for Boulder. "Everyone has a cell phone."

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New reality show Mile High Social tackles life, love and cow-tipping in its first video

Categories: Film and TV, Tech

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A scene from Mile High Social's first casting call.
Although Mile High Social, Denver's newest reality show, is pegged as an honest project with a humanitarian bent, its creators were still amazed by how "real" the first casting call turned out. "I was surprised by how open the women were on camera," Koncrete Media co-founder Dennis Flippin says. "It felt like real people, not just people putting up a front."

The show's first episode won't hit the Internet until mid-April at the earliest, but the crew has created a video preview using outtakes from the casting call -- and Westword has a sneak (below) of many of the more than fifty people who auditioned to become part of the upcoming show, which will focus on women making a difference. Mile High Social will eventually air via regular 7.5-minute episodes, but this funny three-and-a-half-minute outtake reel provides a strong indication of how open and engaging many of the casting candidates can be.

Seriously. The teaser topics include -- but are in no way limited to -- Jaeger, Burning Man, one particular sexual experience there, cow-tipping, open relationships, the Mile High Club, traffic, sex in Paris and, of course, women and their pussies. (It's not what you think.) Keep reading to watch the full preview.

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- New Denver reality show Mile High Social looking for women making a difference
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James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem chooses Denver photo for Canon short-film project

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Melissa Wollenberg
"Fires Be Damned!"
When Melissa Wollenberg of Highlands Ranch snapped a cute/surreal photo of her son in a gas mask, standing before the orange haze of this past last summer's out-of-control fires, she had no idea that it would eventually be chosen by film legend Ron Howard and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy for their upcoming short-film project. "It was just a fluke," remembers Wollenberg, who submitted the improvised pic to Canon's Project Imagina10n photo contest, where it was selected (along with nine others) by Murphy as a storytelling directive for the film. "I was just really excited when I found out that the photo made it at all. I am a complete amateur and yet when I saw [my son in a gas mask], I had to take a picture. It was just a weird feeling. I didn't really have any expectations."

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- LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver
- Gio Toninelo's Little Denver photography exhibit looks like big fun
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