Routines are easy things to fall into, especially when it comes to our viewing habits. Many find a genre or subject they connect with and not explore much else of what’s out there.
For 46 years, the Denver Film Festival has worked to get viewers out of their routines and exposed them to filmmaking from all over the world — films they otherwise might not be able to access. And it’s doing it again this year.
“We’re here to entertain, but at the same time, what’s unique about film festivals is the eye-opening experiences viewers can have,” said Matthew Campbell, artistic director at Denver Film. “We hope these stories induce empathy to the human condition, which is something cinema is uniquely positioned to do.”
The 46thDenver Film Festival runs from Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 12 at several venues, including the Sie FilmCenter, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Botanic Gardens, AMC 9 + CO 10 and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
As is always the case, the festival is brimming with viewing options, from the critically acclaimed opener, “American Fiction,” to dramas like “All of Us Strangers,” and thrillers like closer, “I.S.S.” Actor/director Michael Shannon and writer/director Andrew Haigh will both be on hand to be honored at the festival, as will numerous other filmmakers and creatives.
“Every year we try to have a good balance of different types of films,” Campbell said. “This year we have a really robust local films offering, so there are a lot of hidden gems in the lineup.”
All told, there will be 186 films (108 feature-length), so participants are really spoiled for choice. There are all kinds of themes audiences can select from, like Italian Showcase and Politics to LGBTQIA+ and CineLatinx. But no matter what path a viewer selects, they’re going to be joined by passionate film lovers.
“What excites me most during the festival is getting to interact with everyone and hear what they think about the films,” Campbell said. “We love bringing out the filmmakers and celebrating their work, and they love engaging with audiences and the communal aspect of a festival.”
Whether you’re new to the festival or an old hand at navigating things, Campbell encourages all viewers to come with an open mind and try something that they normally wouldn’t.
“Having that in-person viewing experience is paramount for us,” he said. “Audiences get to illuminate their understanding of the world in a really great way. They can be entertained, educated and create some empathy at the same time.”
The full festival schedule and tickets can be found at www.denverfilm.org/denverfilmfestival/dff46/.
Miners Alley celebrates two decades in Golden
Reaching community institution status is no small achievement, so it’s fitting that Miners Alley Playhouse is pulling out all the stops to celebrate 20 years of bringing theater to the Golden and Jefferson County communities.
The Golden Goes Platinum 20thAnniversary Gala will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 at the Colorado School of Mines’ Friedhoff Hall, 909-1011 15th St. in Golden. According to provided information, the event will feature a cocktail reception, free beer and wine, live entertainment from the casts of “Avenue Q” and “A Trailer Park Christmas,” full buffet dinner, prizes and auction items, and dancing.
All the money raised supports Miners Alley’s important cultural work, so visit https://minersalley.com/get-involved/annual-fundraiser/for information and tickets.
A creative gift at Parsons Theatre Gallery
The Parsons Theatre Gallery, 1 E. Memorial Parkway in Northglenn, is showcasing “A Gift from God,” a new exhibit from sculptor and painter Alonzo Clemons. According to the provided information, Clemons is primarily known as a sculptor and his careful consideration of different animal species continues in his painted work.
The exhibition is hosted in partnership with the Access Gallery, an inclusive nonprofit organization “that engages the community by opening doors to creative, educational and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access, experience, and benefit from the arts.”
For details, visithttps://northglennarts.org/.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week — Durand Jones at the Gothic Theatre
The R&B and soul genre is far more dynamic and complex than people give it credit for, and so many musicians are finding new ways to push the sound forward. As the leader of Durand Jones & The Indications, Jones has found a way to throw back to some of the genre’s classic sounds, while keeping a foot in the modern soul world. That trend continues on his debut solo album, “Wait Til I Get Over,” which was released this spring.
In support of the album, Durand Jones will be stopping at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway in Englewood, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Anyone who loves soul music, either classic or modern, won’t want to miss it.
Get tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.