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, Festival Director, 303-759-5282 or Valerie Switzer, DSFF Communications, vsmc@aol.com 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.

Denver Silent Film Festival Announces 2014 Event Slated for Feb. 28 and March 1 – A Centennial Celebration of Charlie Chaplin

The Denver Silent Film Festival has announced its 2014 event scheduled for Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1, 2014

The 2014 festival begins on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. with a centennial celebration of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic character the Tramp, including the Tramp’s first appearance in Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914), followed by A Dog’s Life (1918), and one of Chaplin’s great features, The Circus (1928). Friday evening concludes with a 10:30 p.m. screening of the creepy Lon Chaney/Joan Crawford film The Unknown (1927) directed by the master of creep, Tod Browning.

A full-day of films will begin at 12 noon on Saturday, March 1, following “A Conversation with David Shepard” and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree.

All films will feature live music accompaniment by renowned musicians Donald Sosin and Denver’s own Hank Troy.

Films will be screened at The King Center on the University of Colorado Denver campus, 855 Lawrence Way. Paid parking is available at 7th Avenue and Walnut. A range of Student/Senior tickets and General Admission fees will be offered.

Established in September 2010, the Denver Silent Film Festival explores the broad spectrum of silent film by programming a lively and thought-provoking mix of films from the great silent era of cinema. American and foreign classics, as well as lesser-known rare and restored films will be presented.

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.

Please check this web site for the exact film schedule. In addition, information on how to purchase tickets or make a contribution is also included here.

The 2012 DSFF Poster Contest Winners

A big “thank you” to all the students who participated in the 2012 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 Seth Chaps.

Thank you!

The Denver Silent Film Festival would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the festival, attended the screenings, or contributed as a musician or volunteer. You all helped make this first festival a big success!!

We’ll be adding photos of the inaugural festival to our website soon. You can also find out about festival updates by joining our email list or “liking” us on Facebook.

In the meantime, look for us in September 2012 as we’ll be bringing you more beautiful silents, presented in 35mm and 16mm, with live musical accompaniment from the finest musicians nationally and internationally.

Cheers!

2011 Poster Contest Winners

The following students from the University of Colorado – Denver, College of Arts and Media were recognized as the 2011 finalists and winner of the Denver Silent Film Festival poster contest.

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