If you’re looking for something unsmoky, non-hot and FREE to do tonight, don’t miss How to Survive A Plauge, an amazing documentary about the Act Up movement’s struggles to get the Reagan and Bush administrations to fund AIDS research screening at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center on the CC Campus tonight [...]

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Movies are bound to be on many people’s minds as the Oscar race heats up in the coming weeks. But during this upcoming legislative session, it’s quite possible that movies will be on Colorado lawmakers’ minds for another reason. Governor John Hickenlooper has indicated that he wants to sweeten the deals aimed at luring [...]

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Craig Richardson interviewed Colorado Springs-based filmmaker Cyd Chartier Cohn this past week about her documentary on Colorado College professor Fred Sondermann’s journey back to Germany in 1969:

In 1969, when Fred Sondermann was presented with the opportunity to return to his native Germany, thirty years after he and his parents narrowly escaped to the [...]

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In year’s past we’ve posted all the trailers for the films screening at local film fests, but links to YouTube trailers have become ubiquitous and you can now get the low down on all the excellent films, times and locations at the 12th Annual Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival right HERE.

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Photographers, filmmakers, fans of the like, and history buffs who haven’t already registered for this Saturday’s 8th Annual Regional Pikes Peak History Symposium presented and hosted by Special Collections at the Pikes Peak Library District will be sad to know that it’s sold out. The good news is that you can [...]

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The Hanna Ranch south of Colorado Springs along Fountain Creek has been an important crossroads for the environmental movement and traditional ranching culture. Kirk Hanna, who grew up on the ranch and also went to college, was one of the first ranchers in Colorado to see the overlap between ranching and sustainability as [...]

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R.I.P. Street Art in COS?

On January 10, 2011 By

Back before Obama was elected with no small amount of help from street aritsts like Shepherd Fairey—creator of the now-iconic red, white and blue Obama HOPE posters —, and Ron English—creator of the Abraham Obama campaign, which made a stop locally—, Colorado Springs had something of a thriving, if not small, [...]

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A few years ago, upon the release of the film What Would Jesus Buy, I spoke with producer Morgan Spurlock (of Super Size Me and 30 Days fame) and director Rob VanAlkemade about the frenzy of consumerism around the holidays. The film focuses on Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping as they go [...]

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The Scoop on Brian Nemeth

On December 13, 2010 By

If you’ve ever walked more than half-a-block through downtown Colorado Springs in the past decade, you’ve likely been approached (or accosted) by one of Colorado Springs’ greatest characters: Brian Nemeth. A self-styled poet and aspiring news anchor, Nemeth relentlessly peddles his raunchy and frequently belligerent poems and opinions as one-sheet photocopied handouts for a [...]

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Based on his Pulitzer-Prize-nominated 2009 article “Casualties of War” about the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on a platoon of Fort Carson soldiers after they returned from Iraq, Gazette reporter Dave Phillips’ book Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home was published on November 9. Though the official book signing at Border’s was last week, you can pick up a copy and get it signed tonight at Southside Johnny’s tonight from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Women's Film Fest Trailers

On November 4, 2010 By

As always, we bring you a whole host of trailers for features at our fantastic local film festivals. This weekened it’s the 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, which celebrates the films and achievements of women filmmakers from around the world.

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The Original Monster Truck

On October 25, 2010 By

This historic Chevy commercial was shot on the declivities of Pikes Peak by Alexander Film Company. At first it seems that this might be nothing more than a routine drive up the Pikes Peak Highway in an attempt to impress the less savvy of their would-be customers with the dramatic backdrops offered by Pikes Peak. But then they actually drive the truck up… well, not straight , but pretty darn straight up at least a part of the mountain.

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If you, like us, have been glued to the AMC series Mad Men about New York’s advertising industry and our post-WWII obsession with selling ourselves our own manufactured images and ideas about ourselves, you’ll find this brief promotional video about our own local television Mad Men at The Alexander Film Company (courtesy of the Pikes Peak Library District) enlightening.

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Lavender Film Fest Trailers

On September 23, 2010 By

The 11th Annual Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival begins tomorrow night at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center with what looks to be an excellent lineup of shorts and features. As we try to do for all locally produced festivals, here’s a schedule of the feature films with their trailers.

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There been a huge resurgence of interest in the legacy of inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla in recent years. Locally, renewed interest has been sparked by this year’s “All Pikes Peak Reads” on the theme of “Innovation” and the fact that Tesla conducted some of his most ambitious experiments in Colorado Springs in 1899.

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We can always count on the Pikes Peak Public Library District for some amazingly campy old Alexander Film Company commercials shot locally. These two reels of 7-Up commercials shot in and around the Pikes Peak region offer a “lively and sparkly” taste of a more innocent, yet glamorous time in our recent past. See you there!

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Indie Spirit Trailers

On April 20, 2010 By

As we try to do with all the locally produced film festivals, we’ve gathered a whole bunch of online trailers for some of the feature films at this weekend’s Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs (below) to help you decide which films to see. The selection is truly dizzying (there are [...]

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$10,000 Vote for the Arts

On February 22, 2010 By

Back in early January we told you about the $10,000 Art Creates Community grant from the Bee Vradenburg Foundation and Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado.

Well, the submissions are in and it’s time for you to vote. Here are the entries with links to more information about each project:

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If you saw our two-part series on artist and Orthodox monk Luke Shaffer, you might want to drop by The Rubbish Gallery off of Bijou Street between Tejon and Cascade this evening beginning at 5 p.m. and going on into the evening. Luke’s work will be on display and for sale in a [...]

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We are very pleased to present this world premiere of the music video for “Normandy” by local band Pachisi Champion (aka Rence Seyb). The production of the song and the video was a collaboration between The Big Something and Colorado Culture Cast. (Thanks also to Jay Schwan for mastering!)

The concept for the [...]

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And The Winner Is…

On November 10, 2009 By

After many months, we have a winner of The Big Little Film Contest: “Alien Probe – The Musical.” Says Producer and Director Mark Copley:

We shot in 24 hours during The Boulder Shootout 24 Film Making Contest
on Oct 25-26 this year where it took best sound, best music, and best [...]

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Women's Film Fest Previews

On November 4, 2009 By

Let’s face it, there’s no way you’re going to be able to make it to all the films at this weekend’s 22nd Annual (that’s right!)Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival. All of these often-heartwrenching films are amazing, but you’ll definitely be pulled in one direction or another at some point. So, here to [...]

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