Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival Celebrates 34 Years with Hybrid Attendance Model | Cheyenne Edition

For its 34th consecutive year, the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival is a favorite with both filmmakers and audiences alike. Persistent pandemic concerns have led to a hybrid participation model this year, after organizers of the all-virtual participation option decided for 2020.

Emmy-winning songwriter Denise Gentilini (left) chats with colleague Cindy Abel, director of “Surviving the Silence,” after a panel discussion on November 14 at the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival.

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But plans went forward two years to meet organizational goals, as stated: “Movies can change our mood – make us laugh, cry, gasp, pass out; they can change their mind – raise questions, show us a different perspective, spark a conversation… As a film organization, we want to cultivate the joie de vivre of cinema and harness the power of films that help people communicate and to connect with each other around this shared experience.

Netflix’s geo-blocking, filtering caps and excessive depletion issues were issues last November, shared Linda Broker, longtime executive director of the RMWF, in a Q&A on the effects. pandemic on film, held on the last day of the year this year. festival of the person, from November 12 to 14.

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Jennifer Holness, left, director of “Subjects of Desire” speaks with an audience member after a panel of filmmakers on the effects of the pandemic on the film industry at the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival 2021.

Proof of vaccination was required at the gate this year. Volunteers checked participant IDs and COVID-19 vaccination cards at the entrance to Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs before people passed through security scanners. Masks were also required in the building.

PPC’s larger theaters allowed viewers to expand, while still being present in person. For the past few years, the event has taken place on the Colorado College campus in various theater spaces. The group hopes to return to this place.

The festival features films of or about women, or both, and the lineup includes numerous documentaries each year.

The rise in under-represented voices has been a hallmark since the festival began in 1987.

“We believe that an authentic story brought to life by women and others who are often unknown or invisible has the power to spark new levels of empathy and understanding, stimulate constructive discourse, and create cultural and community connections. by awakening new ideas, entertaining and delighting audiences. , and push the limits of creation. We believe that experiencing this wider range of stories is important for a healthy and thriving culture for all, ”says the organization’s website.

Marcia Jarmel, director and producer of “Los Hermanos / The Brothers”, who participated in the festival for the third year, commented on the unique experience of this particular festival.

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Linda Broker, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Women’s Film, in purple, right of frame, greets members of the public at the opening November 12 of the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival.

“The community that runs this festival… creates a wonderful experience.

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Pikes Peak Center is pictured abandoned for the Nov. 12 opening night of the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival.

She said the organizers and audiences of this particular festival – North America’s longest-running women’s film festival – show deep respect for the work of the creators involved and pay close attention. to details; until picking up attendees at the airport, cooking for them (in years not influenced by a pandemic) and correctly spelling their names and the names of their films in marketing materials. She particularly highlighted her positive experience of interacting with a school program in recent years, where students create poems or works of art based on or in response to a film.

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Musicians from the Colorado Springs Conservatory entertained patrons on the opening night of the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival.

RMWFF’s “Virtual Encore”, which launched on November 18 as “40 Movies, 4 Days, On Demand”, has sold tickets ranging from standalone at $ 12 to the entire catalog of movies available for viewing for $ 139.

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Musicians from the Colorado Springs Conservatory entertained patrons on the opening night of the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival.

In addition, the RMWFI offices located at 2727 N. Cascade Ave., Suite 140 in Colorado Springs have a film library, available to the public for a suggested donation, to view DVDs of over 250 films screened in the stores. previous festivals.

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Tickets for the 34th Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival included a reminder that vaccination checks were mandatory.

Gerald R. Schneider