With 25 years of movies in the books, the folks at the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival just want to show good stories that haven't already been told.
This year's crop of 32 films from around the world fit the bill. The festival, which is the longest running women's film festival in North America, runs Friday through Sunday at the Fine Arts Center and two Colorado College venues.
"Over the years, we've done a good job curating the festival," says Linda Broker, executive director of the festival. "People know they're going to see great movies."
Broker estimates about 1,300 people attended the festival last year to see films in all lengths and styles, including shorts, animation and feature-length documentaries.
Perhaps the biggest misconception is the festival is only for women.
"Every year more and more men show up," Broker says. "As a man, you won't feel out of place."
And it's important for female-centric films to have a way of getting out into the public eye.
"The statistics out of Hollywood are depressing, " she says. "The percentage of films directed by women in the top grossing category hasn't increased in 20 years. Women are slightly better represented in the documentary genre because they are self-funded. The obstacle for women is they can't get funding. Lenders don't like to loan money to women."
Criteria for entry into the festival is simple: A woman must have had a primary role in the making of the film, such as director, producer, editor or subject matter. A committee of seven people starts the selection process around March. The festival doesn't put out a call for entries, so the group does research and solicits for suitable films. About 300 screeners are shaved down to 30 to 35 films for the festival.
“The Punk Singer,” “The New Black” and “The Crash Reel” are set to release theatrically later this year or early next year, says festival executive director Linda Broker, though chances are good they won’t open locally.
FILMS TO SEE:
“The Punk Singer”
Filmmaker: Sini Anderson
Running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Runs: 8 p.m. Saturday, Cornerstone Arts Center
This documentary answers why Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, disappeared from the scene in 2005.
Filmmakers: Jillian Schlesinger and Emily McAllister
Running time: 1 hour, 22 minutes
Runs: 4 p.m. Saturday, Fine Arts Center
A 14-year old girl, Laura Dekker, decides to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone.
“No Evidence of Disease”
Filmmakers: Andrea Kalin and Karen Simon
Running time: 1 hour, 24 minutes
Runs: 4 p.m. Saturday, Cornerstone Arts Center
A group of gynecological oncologists form a rock band in order to raise awareness of the disease below the belt.
“The Crash Reel”
Filmmaker: Lucy Walker
Running time: 1 hour, 46 minutes
Runs: 7:45 p.m. Friday, Fine Arts Center, and 3:50 p.m. Sunday, Armstrong Theatre
The documentary follows U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce before and after his training accident in Park City, Utah, that left him in a coma.
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
When: Friday through Sunday, Nov. 1-3
Where: Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.; Armstrong Theatre, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.; Cornerstone Arts Theater, Colorado College, 825 N. Cascade Ave.
Tickets: $5-$140; 226-0450, rmwfilmfest.org.
New this year: Saturday night bash, with music by The Hopeful Heroines, food, photo booth and film “The Punk Singer” at 7 p.m., $25, Cornerstone Arts Theater.
Also new: Filmmakers Forum, an open event for all ticketed attendees at lunchtime Saturday, Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.; Sunday’s Roundtable Luncheon with filmmakers, $25, includes lunch, Cornerstone Arts Center.