Watch this: Mark your calendar with these upcoming film series, events
Sit back, relax and get ready to be become a cinephile.
Beginning in September and moving into fall, there are a number of opportunities in which those with a general interest in cinema can find themselves besotted and those who are already movie buffs can revel.
Here’s a look at what is coming to several local screens.
Watching a classic film is always a good, but watching it with other people is even better, said Betty Ries, the operations manager with KAFM.
“One of the things I love about classic movies is they are accessible to everyone,” she said.
Ries has her favorites, such as the 1934 comedy “The Thin Man” starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.
And there are some that she hasn’t seen, such as the 1943 drama “The Ox-Bow Incident” starring Henry Fonda and Dana Andrews.
Both are on the lineup for the new KAFM Classic Film Series that begins with a showing of “The Thin Man” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the KAFM Radio Room.
The series will continue with classic films shown the first Tuesday of the month through June, 2018.
“Some are more well known than others, but all are well regarded,” said Ries about the film lineup she selected.
“I tried to pick and choose by having a good blend of drama, comedy, musicals,” she said. “I tried to get as many genres as I could.”
She tried to stay with films released in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s and those she could license to show.
Before each screening, Ries plans to talk a bit about how the film came about and its influence over the decades, she said.
She also wants to show public domain short cartoons, such as “Popeye the Sailor,” before the films to create an experience similar to how the films would have been shown when originally released.
The Radio Room, which seats about 85 people, has a screen that covers the front of the stage and a great sound system, a byproduct of hosting concerts.
The standard movie concession items such as popcorn, candy and soda will be for sale, along with beer and wine.
For information and the film series schedule, go to kafmradio.org.
Watching an independent or foreign film is like looking through someone else’s eyes, said Joel Brown, president of Colorado Mesa University’s Cinema Club.
It highlights storytelling from other cultures — a character might do something that seems bizarre to American sensibilities, but makes complete sense in another culture, he said.
“I think it’s a really cool insight into another culture,” said Brown, who is looking forward to the five-week film series Indies at the Avalon.
The Cinema Club is partnering with Avalon Theatre for the series, which begins with a screening of “Frantz” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, and continues on Wednesdays through Oct. 4.
“Frantz” tells the story of a young woman whose fiance is killed in World War I and a Frenchman who mysteriously visits the fiance’s grave. It is in French and German with subtitles.
“We have had some requests regarding independent films and hope to make a bi-annual series with changing themes,” wrote Maria Rainsdon, general manager for the Avalon, in an email. “This year’s series has something for everyone: love and war, loss, suspense, triumph and friendship.”
“There are many places where independent festivals or series are very successful — we hope that the Grand Valley will find this one enjoyable, engaging, and provocative,” Rainsdon wrote.
“I’m definitely planning on going to all of them,” said Brown, who is majoring in music education and music performance on a vocal track at CMU.
He invited students as well as members of the community to attend the series and get involved in the Cinema Club.
“If you love movies and you’re interested in talking about them, we’re open to anyone and everyone,” he said.
Information about the club will be available at the Indies at the Avalon screenings and also can be found on Facebook.
If you’re looking for real stories — action-packed, scenic, rejuvenating or inspiring — that are much more humble than reality TV, then look to Mountainfilm on Tour Grand Junction.
This one-day event featuring 14 films is set for Sept. 29 at Avalon Theatre and is hosted by the Western Colorado Congress.
Marie Mitchell, development coordinator for WCC, likes to call the event a “fun-friendraiser,” as it is an evening of films as well an event where people can learn about how they can get involved in the community through various groups, such as the local chapter of the Colorado Archeology Society and the Grand Valley Audubon.
Those who attend also can help others by bringing four cans of food for the Food Bank of the Rockies and be entered into a drawing for door prizes.
And then there are the films, four of which have Colorado connections: “Waking Dragons,” “Chocolate Spokes,” “Leche y Miel” and “Conservation Generations.”
The special speaker for Mountainfilm on Tour Grand Junction is Harrison Topp, a first-generation farmer and operator of Topp Fruits in Paonia, according to a news release from WCC. Topp is featured in “Conservation Generations.”
Those who attend will find themselves leaving informed and inspired and perhaps they’ll even dance a bit to the live music from Thomasina and Friends, Mitchell said.
For information about Mountainfilm on Tour Grand Junction, go to wccongress.org/news-events/mountainfilm-on-tour-grand-junction/.
Moving beyond September there are a number of film screenings and dates to keep in mind. Here are some of those:
■ Oct. 6, Banff Radical Reels with high-energy and adventure films at Avalon Theatre.
■ Oct. 13, International Fly Fishing Film Festival - IF4 with amazing films as well as door prizes at Avalon Theatre.
■ Oct. 14, Bow-Wow Film Festival with fun films about dogs at Avalon Theatre.
■ Nov. 18, Wild & Scenic Film Festival with films related to the environment and the outdoors at Avalon Theatre.