Denver SFF Benefit Presented Again with The Alamo Draft House Cinema A Page of Madness

The Denver Silent Film Festival announces
a benefit screening of the famed 1926 Japanese silent film
by Teinosuke Kinugasa

A Page of Madness

Presented with The Alamo Draft House Cinema
7301 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton

6 pm   Sunday, October 30

Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa, A Page of Madness (1926) is a work of expressionist genius. A man takes a job at a mental hospital, where his wife is imprisoned, hoping to free her once he’s inside. It’s a moody, disturbing and important gem from Japan’s silent era.
” . . . Kinugasa made the first full feature film whose plot development is radically subverted, whilst its cinematic structure includes virtually every film device known at the time. These devices, moreover, are used not for their own sake but to convey complex psychological content without the aid of titles”.
–                                               Vlada Petric

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2016 Festival Announcement

Great news! We are happy to announce the dates for this years Denver Silent Film Festival. We are also excited to share a new home for the festival as well. Save the dates on your calendars!


2016 Denver Silent Film Festival
April 29 – May 1
Alamo Drafthouse, Denver
Programs and films to be announced soon.

2016 Black Tie Event Fundraiser

Since we can’t wait to celebrate silent film with you, we are hosting an exclusive Limited Seat Engagement. Please join us for an exclusive 1 night only showing of the 1928 Silent Classic, “The Wind” with a score written and performed by Paul Buscarello.


2016 Denver Silent Film Festival – Black Tie Fundraiser
“The Wind” with Live Score
Nov 23 – 7:30 PM
Alamo Drafthouse, Denver

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Don’t forget to take advantage of discounts from 2015 festival supporters!

With a ticket stub or ticket information from the 2015 Denver Silent Film Festival, you can receive a FREE “Fairbanks” drink from Epernay Lounge in downtown Denver Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th. We have partnered with Epernay to provide a place where festival attendees can go before or after the festival to relax and have a free drink in support of the festival. They are located next to the Denver Center for Performing Arts at 1080 14th St. Denver, CO 80202.

Along with Epernay, other supporters include Fourteen Seventy-Two Restaurant offering one free drink with the purchase of a meal as well as La Belle Rosette Wine and Espresso bar offering free desserts with purchases. Finally, Kaos Pizzeria is offering $8 off a purchase of $32 or more. Be sure to take advantage of these discounts from our supporters and look for their coupons at the festival!

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

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