COLORADO, Colo., (KRDO) - For 35 years, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film has brought the
stories of women and others often unheard or unseen. For the entire month of August, they will bring others' experiences to a big screen near you. Allowing people to see through a different lens and provoke deeper conversations around issues that matter.
Since the beginning, RMWF has screened nearly 1000 films, hosted more than 250 filmmakers, and served an audience of tens of thousands. The Festival is the longest-running women’s film festival in the Western Hemisphere. To celebrate their birthday, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film has a plethora of free events.
August 19: Drive-In Cinema
Film: DEAR MR. BRODY
7:45 pm - The parking lot opens
8:30 pm - Film begins
704 E. Colorado Ave, 80903 (Former Gazette Building)
Description: DEAR MR. BRODY is a deeply moving story of desire, need, philanthropy, and love. When 21-year-old hippie-millionaire Michael Brody Jr. decided to give away his $25-million fortune to anyone in need, he ignited a psychedelic spiral of events. Instant celebrities, Brody and his wife Renee, were mobbed by the public, scrutinized by the press, and overwhelmed by the crush of personal letters responding to his extraordinary offer. Fifty years later, an enormous cache of these letters are discovered—unopened.
RMWF is proud to host Drive-In Cinema each month during the summer, June through October, with popcorn, tailgating and great film al fresco!
August 20: Film in the Community
Film: SHOUTING FIRE
PPLD Sand Creek Library (1821 South Academy Blvd. 80916)
Description: Liz Garbus’s storytelling genius is in her use of the loveable, common-sense persona of her father, Martin Garbus, a famous First Amendment attorney. We are held rapt by several legal cases: a professor’s outspokenness after 9/11 that led to his firing from the University of Colorado, the principal of a public school in New York being caught up in an irrational anti-Muslim frenzy, and the Poway, California, high school student’s handmade anti-gay T-shirt. How free is free speech? Garbus brings up cogent examples from past interpretation and defense of the First Amendment, such as the scare of McCarthyism, the publication of the Pentagon Papers, and the Skokie, Illinois, march by neo-Nazis.
Through Film in the Community, RMWF partners with community organizations to provide free film screenings at venues across Colorado Springs, with the hope of exposing diverse and new audiences to entertaining and thought-provoking documentary film. This monthly offering is always free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation.
August 27: Rascal Cinema
Films: A selection of family-friendly shorts
6 pm Pre-party begins
8-9 pm Film program
Lincoln Center, The lawn outside RMWF (2727 N. Cascade, Suite 140)
Description: What better way to end the summer than with some silly, some thoughtful, and some curious family-friendly short films under the evening sky. But first, kids will enjoy open-gym time courtesy of Flipshack, then decorate their bikes and head off for a pre-film ride with event partners, Kids on Bikes.
September 1: Pop-up Cinema
Film: THE JANES (Filmmaker and Special Guest Invited)
7 pm Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College (825 N. Cascade Ave. 80903)
Description: The Janes tells the story of a group of unlikely outlaws. Defying the state legislature that outlawed abortion, the Catholic Church that condemned it, and the Chicago Mob that was profiting from it, the members of Jane risked their personal and professional lives to help women in need. In the pre-Roe v. Wade era –– a time when abortion was a crime in most states and even circulating information about abortion was a felony in Illinois –– the Janes provided low-cost and free abortions to an estimated 11,000