Love Among The Ruins screening to Benefit the DSFF


Love Among the Ruins (Amore tra le rovine) is a spoof about the miraculous discovery and restoration of a long lost Italian silent film.  It is written and directed by Massimo Ali Mohammad, an Italian filmmaker who lives and works in Ferrara.  The film is produced by Meyerhar Productions of Seattle. The April 23rd screening is the film’s Colorado premiere and the producers will be present to talk about the film and to participate in Q&A.   

Love Among the Ruins connects the curiosity of a contemporary filmmaker with the genius of the Lumini brothers, two cinematic icons almost overlooked in the history of cinema. Beyond speculation by film historians, critics and a family member revealed in the first “documentary” part of the film, Love Among the Ruins offers a complete silent film as if restored from the 1920s and with a newly commissioned musical score. More than a parody, the film celebrates the joy of discovering lost art, a rich tradition of filmmaking in Italy, and how a young filmmaker with his first feature film recreates the artistry of silent film. (For more about the film, go to

Tickets are $15 for general audience and $12 for Denver Film Society members.  Proceeds benefit both the DFS and the Denver Silent Film Festival which begins on Friday, April 24th. Click here to buy tickets for this great experience!

2015 Denver Silent Film Festival Poster

We hope that you like the 2015 Denver Silent Film Festival poster, designed by Denver artist Joan McDonald. Many thanks to Joan for this year’s great graphics!

2015 Denver Silent Film Festival Poster

Join us for a great film and a good cause!


Spend the evening with Film Critic Howie Movshovitz, Archivist René Payne and this extraordinary lost film by Edward S. Curtis

When: March 19, 2015 Doors open at 6:30, film starts promptly at 7:15
Where: Ricketson Auditorium, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Price: $20 includes a drink ticket and snacks before the show

In The Land of the Head Hunters

“Edward S Curtis, as a portrait photographer, was a genius. His original photographs of Native American fetch enormous sums. Curtis’s only film In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914) has been described as a forerunner of Nanook of the North. Curtis’s skill with the camera, allied to his incredible knowledge of the Indians, won the film ecstatic reviews. Moving Picture World said “it has never been surpassed.” It was extremely difficult to enter an Indian community in order to film in those days. Whatever remains of Curtis’s motion picture work will therefore be of exceptional value.”
— Kevin Brownlow
Oscar®-winning film historian, author and film restoration expert


The Denver Silent Film Festival’s first Meetup event scheduled for February 5th at 6pm

The Denver Silent Film Festival is now a part of the Meetup community. In anticipation of the 2015 Denver Silent Film Festival in April, we are pleased to announce that there will be meetup groups beginning in February for silent film lovers and novices alike to come together, talk and learn about silent film, and enjoy food and drink at select locations around the Denver area. Some of the meetups will even involve special silent film screenings! We would love to have all who are interested join the group and come to meetups where you can learn more about silent film, meet new like-minded people, and get excited about the festival.

The first meetup will be held Thursday, February 5th at 6:00pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Details about this event can all be found on the meetup’s website:

Please visit the website and become a member so you can keep up-to-date with the meetup events. Looking forward to seeing you there!


2015 Denver Silent Film Festival Announced!

The next Denver Silent Film Festival will be held April 24, 25, 26. Be sure to save the date for another wonderful year dedicated to the preservation and experience of our silent treasures.

Howie Movshovitz Named Festival Director for the Denver Silent Film Festival

DENVER – The Denver Silent Film Festival (DSFF) has announced that Howie Movshovitz has been named Festival Director. The news was announced by Montine Hansl, executive director, on behalf of the Board of Directors.

In making this announcement, Montine Hansl said, “Howie and I have worked together since the early eighties. We met at KCFR before it became Colorado Public Radio. It has been an enormous pleasure for me to have experienced Howie’s amazing intellect and creativity. In my entire career, I have never known a colleague whom I have more thoroughly enjoyed, especially as we worked to establish the Denver Silent Film Festival.”
Howie Movshovitz currently serves as Director of Film Education in the College of Arts & Media of the University of Colorado Denver, and helped found the Starz Film Center.

He was named film critic for KUNC Radio earlier this month.

He is also a contributor on film subjects to NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” a position he has held for more than nearly three decades.

In addition, Movshovitz was the film critic for Colorado Public Radio from 1976 to 2014.

From 1987 to 1996, he was the film critic at The Denver Post.

On occasion, he has written for Variety, Screen International, The Hollywood Reporter and The Los Angeles Times, as well as scholarly press. He also served as editor of Mike Leigh: Interviews, a collection of interviews with the famed British filmmaker. Mr. Movshovitz received a BA in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA and a PhD, in English Literature, from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Contact: Montine Hansl, Board President, 808-781-4946 or Valerie Switzer, DSFF Communications, or 720-231-2397

2014 Denver Silent Film Festival in the News

The 2014 Denver Silent Film Festival received excellent publicity including coverage from many metro area and Greeley media outlets.

Stories ran in the Denver Post Entertainment section, photos in the online edition of the Post, a lengthy story in Westword’s Calendar, and many stories in monthly publications including the February issue of Life on Capitol Hill.

Howie Movshovitz was interviewed by Kirk Montgomery on Channel 9’s EBlock and lengthy stories with both Howie and Hank Troy ran on KUNC and KUVO the week of Feb. 24, 2014.

Special thanks to all of the media who made the 2014 Denver Silent Film Fest a big success!

KUNC and KUVO cover the Denver Silent Film Festival

The piece on DSFF aired Feb 26, 2014 on KUNC. It also aired on KUVO Thursday, Feb 27 in the morning. The festival dates are Feb 28 – Mar 1, so if you would like to see the KUNC coverage (more…)

Announcing the 2014 DSFF Poster Contest Winners

A big “thank you” to all the students who participated in the 2014 Denver Silent Film Festival poster contest.  After a lot of deliberation, the committee chose 3 finalists, and from that group, the winner.  We hope you enjoy this year’s poster, designed by University of Colorado – Denver, College of Arts and Media student Eliana Guillen.

Mike Mashon, Head of Moving Images for The Library of Congress, Received Career Achievement Award from Denver Silent Film Festival

Mike Mashon

Mike Mashon, Head of Moving Images for the Library of Congress

DENVER – The Denver Silent Film Festival announced that Mike Mashon will receive the Career Achievement Award at its Opening Night Reception on February 28.

Mashon is Head of Moving Images for the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, where he has responsibility for one of the world’s largest film and video collections.

Mashon received his undergraduate degree in microbiology from Louisiana State University. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in the same field at the University of Texas. In 1996, He earned his Ph.D. in radio-television-film from the University of Maryland.

Under his direction, the Moving Image Section is responsible for the acquisition, conservation, cataloging, storage, preservation, and researcher accessibility of the more than 1.3 million film and video items held at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia.

Mashon has supervised many film restoration projects, and is the author of several articles on media history and preservation. He and his wife Kristi have one daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies even though “…one might think he does a lot of that at work, he can only wish it were true”.

Mashon received the award at the DSFF Opening Night reception at the Governor’s Mansion. David Shepard, 2011 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and DSFF Advisory Board member, presented the award.

The Denver Silent Film Festival is a nonprofit organization that celebrates silent cinema via its exhibition of films from around the world and through community outreach to entertain and educate audiences about the historical, cultural and artistic brilliance of silent movies.


The Thief of Bagdad

Friday Apr 24, 7:30 pm at Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall,University of Denver

A Conversation with Richie Meyer

Saturday Apr 25, 12:00 pm at Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall,University of Denver

Short films by D.W. Griffith

Saturday Apr 25, 1:30 pm at Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall,University of Denver

Berlin, Symphony of a Great City and Menilmontant

Saturday Apr 25, 4:00 pm at Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall,University of Denver

Bed and Sofa

Saturday Apr 25, 7:30 pm at Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall,University of Denver

The Cheat

Saturday Apr 25, 9:30 pm at Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall,University of Denver

A Program of Short Comedies

Sunday Apr 26, 11:00 am at Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall,University of Denver

The Birth of a Nation

Sunday Apr 26, 1:00 pm at Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall, University of Denver

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg

Sunday Apr 26, 6:00 pm at Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall,University of Denver

The Big Parade

Sunday Apr 26, 8:00 pm at Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall,University of Denver

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