While we’re all stuck indoors protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19, many will be streaming some of the movies we might’ve missed recently. But if you’re itching to see something new and off the beaten path, you can do that while supporting Denver Film.
The Sie FilmCenter, the organization’s home, closed its doors to keep patrons and staff safe, but that doesn’t mean Denver Film’s love of cinema has gone quiet. As Keith Garcia, the FilmCenter’s artistic director, wrote in a statement, “Our current reality dictates for us to separate, we must find new ways to keep us connected via our beloved cinema and we’re experimenting with a couple of options that we hope you will take advantage of in the weeks ahead.”
The more innovative approach comes courtesy of a partnership between Denver Film and film companies like Kino Lorber, Oscilloscope, and Film Movement, which are offering some titles (which were already planned to be screened at Sie) for streaming, with a large portion of the “virtual ticket” price going directly to Denver Film.
Another option is a series called “Sie For Yourself,” where staff will be recommending a film a day that is easily streamable via a variety of services across many devices.
“When we return from this intermission, we will be looking at an unknown future in the movie industry and a new landscape for sure, but it is paramount that we continue to engage you with the biggest tool that we have to connect us: cinema,” Garcia wrote. “When we reopen you have our promise that we will engage our physical theater screens like never before, with a newfound appreciation for sitting together in the dark and keeping our heads held upwards, watching movies.”
Visit www.denverfilm.org for all the details.
Outdoor activity - walk the 40 West ArtLine
I’m so grateful counties all over the metro area have left room for outdoor activities when they’ve issued their stay-at-home orders, particularly because it means Lakewood’s 4-mile 40 West ArtLine can still be enjoyed and explored (as long as you maintain the requisite 6-foot space).
The ArtLine is a walking and biking art experience that works its way through the historic West Colfax Avenue area and includes stops at local parks, with some beautiful public art pieces spread throughout. Installations include interactive sculptures, murals, box wrap art and more.
Visit www.40westartline.org for information and to learn more about the art travelers will experience.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week - Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival at your home
While the touring industry is mostly shut down, big-name artists will be fine. But for local musicians that depend on performances at the dozens of stages, bars and restaurants around the metro area, the necessary shutdown is a much bigger blow. But just as national artists have found a way to perform for fans at home, there’s a new festival that allows local artists to share their talents.
Launched on March 20, the Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival gathers area musicians and artists for an all-virtual festival. Artists will be livestreaming shows from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every Friday, all from rooms of 10 people or less.
Visit www.facebook.com/rmvirtualmusicfestival for this week’s lineup and streaming instructions.
Streaming style - ‘Joe Pera Talks with You’
Of the many things we could all use a little more of during this challenging time, comfort has to be pretty high up on the list. In that spirit, allow me to recommend “Joe Pera Talks with You,” an absolute warm-blanket of a television show.
Created by Pera (after two successful specials, including “Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep,” if you need a sense of just how comforting the man can be), the show focuses on an fictional version of Pera - one who is a music teacher at a middle school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In each episode Pera explores a variety of subjects - everything from a fall drive and cold weather sports to beans and the grocery store.
I know this doesn’t sound particularly thrilling, and it’s not (by design). What it is instead is beautiful, wise, funny, and utterly human. Best of all, everything is filtered through Pera’s worldview, which is - more than anything - kind and appreciative. He overflows with gratitude for his life, and as a result, the normal becomes magical - not flashy and astounding magic, but real and relatable. The show’s focus is experiences we all have, and it just takes Pera’s eyes to make them seem new.
Almost all of the episodes of the two-season show are about 12 minutes each, so you can go through an entire season in just a couple hours. It’s available on-demand and on the Adult Swim app.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.
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