DocuWest International Film Festival

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September 10-15, 2014
2013 DocuWest Films


DocuWest is proud to present 46 film selections this year. Selected documentaries—most of which are premiering in Colorado for the first time—include 2013 film festival favorites and award-winning films that have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Hot Docs and Full Frame.

Special Presentation Films
Opening Night Film
Wednesday, September 11 at 7:30 pm
American Mountaineering Center

Good Ol' Freda

Director: Ryan White
Country: USA    Run Time: 86 min

Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big.  As the Beatles' loyal and devoted secretary and friend, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few documentaries with support of the living Beatles and
featuring original Beatles music, the film offers a unique insider perspective on the beloved band.

Mayor's Opening Night Reception

Wednesday, September 11 at
6:30 pm
American Mountaineering Center

Filmmaker Q&A after the screening

Featured Film Presentation
Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 pm
American Mountaineering Center

The Crash Reel
Directors:  Lucy Walker & Michael Ross

Country: USA   Run Time: 108 min

Fifteen years of footage shows the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends and childhood friends, Kevin Pearce and Shaun White. The top two snowboarders in the world leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, everything changed when Kevin crashed on a Park City half-pipe, fighting for his life.
All Kevin wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear it could kill him.

Awards Presentation
and "Best of Fest" Announcement
The Awards Presentation will precede the screening.  We will also announce the "Best of Fest" films for the Sunday "Best of Fest" screenings.
Free Community Screening!

Pre-Film Live Music Performance with Opus Orange, whose music is featured on the soundtrack,
at 5:30pm!

Sunday September 15 at 6:30pm

American Mountaineering Center

Mile…Mile & A Half
Directors: Jason Fitzpatrick & Ric Serena
Country: USA  Run Time: 88 min

Colorado Premiere

In an epic snow year, five friends hike California’s historic John Muir Trail, with a goal of completing the journey in 25 days while capturing the amazing sights and sounds they encounter. Inspired by their bond, humor, artistry and dedication, the group continues to grow along the way. Before reaching the summit, hikers and viewers alike affirm the old adage – it’s about the journey, not the destination.

Live music performance with Opus Orange, whose music is featured on the soundtrack, before the screening.

Filmmaker Q&A after the screening.
Feature Length Films
A Will for the Woods
Directors: Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale & Brian Wilson
Country: USA  Run Time: 93 min

Screens at: Foothills Art Center in Golden

A man’s passionate wish for a legacy of green burials inspires a profoundly affecting and optimistic portrait of people finding meaning in death. Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang battles lymphoma, while facing a potentially imminent need for his own funeral plans.

The film's subject Dyanne Matzkevich, green burial cemetarian, will be present after the screening for a Q&A.