Aug 06 2020, A THOUSAND CUTS: Alex lets loose when he and Pablo get into the dangers of information and politics addressed in the new documentary A THOUSAND CUTS. (24 min)
Jul 30 2020, LONG DISTANCE RUNNER: Tod Davies drops in once again to join Alex and Pablo to relive experiences showing the classic film, THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER. (21 min)
Jul 23 2020, HELMUT NEWTON: Looking at the newest release on the IFS website, Alex remembers his meetings with Helmut and some of the ladies featured in the documentary. Plus another Russian recommendation! (22 min)
Jul 20 2020, Bloody Noses, Empty Pockets: Bringing along Barak once again, Alex and Pablo talk about BLOODY NOSES, EMPTY POCKETS and touch on something that Alex just hates. (25 min)
Jul 08 2020, M&M: A look back at influential film composer Ennio Morricone, as well as Ray Milland's work in PANIC IN THE YEAR ZERO! (15 min)
Jul 02 2020, The Theatre Where Oswald Was Caught: After a quick runthrough of some IFS titles, Pablo and Alex invite Barak Epstein to join the conversation and tell a bit about his historic theatre. (23 min)
Jun 25 2020, Mother Russia: Being pointed towards russianfilmhub.com, Alex and Pablo indulge in a little Russian binge with some surpising results. (20 min)
Jun 19 2020, The Terror on Haunted Hill: Digging through the plethora of free titles available on archive.org, Alex and Pablo each pick a horror title that they feel is worth sharing. (18 min)
Jun 12 2020, YOU DON'T NOMI: Reflecting on the failure(?) of SHOWGIRLS, the doc YOU DON'T NOMI shines new light on the film. Plus Alex dives into the plans of Ted Cruz and the effect on the film industry. (17 min)
Jun 05 2020, SHIRLEY - With Special Guest Tod Davies: Tod Davies joins in the conversation wtih Alex and Pablo over the new film, SHIRLEY, about the famous author of "The Haunting of Hill House" and "The Lottery." (16 min)
Jun 01 2020, JEANNE: Bruno Dumont's Jown of Arc pic, JEANNE, sparks some debate between Pablo and Alex. (22 min)
May 22 2020, THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF: Tod Davies once again joins Alex and Pablo as they react to their viewings of THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF with mixed feelings. (19 min)
May 15 2020, Up From the Streets: After viewing the jazz documentary UP FROM THE STREETS, Alex and Pablo recount their own experiences with the influential genre. (20 min)
May 08 2020, SPACESHIP EARTH - A look back at Biosphere 2: With the virtual release of SPACESHIPP EARTH now at our fingertips, Alex and Pablo dig into the film's societal implications. (17 min)
May 01 2020, THE BOOKSELLERS: SPECIAL GUEST - TOD DAVIES: Tod Davies joins Alex and Pablo in response to the film THE BOOKSELLERS and what a difference tangible media makes. (21 min)
Apr 24 2020, Strange Skins: With Michael Casey joining Alex and Pablo, the three weigh in on Quentin Dupieux's newest weirdness, DEERSKIN. (26 min)
Apr 17 2020, Sorry We Missed You: Pablo invites guest speaker Michael Casey to dive into new indie titles as well as the state of breweries during the pandemic. (20 min)
Apr 10 2020, Bacurau & Repo Man 2: Alex and Pablo talk BACURAU - an instense Brazilian western - before bringing a third party in to weigh in on the ethics of crowd-funding during the pandemic. (23 min)
Apr 06 2020, Arthouse Distributors & Virtual Screening Rooms: With the threat of COVID-19 on everyone's mind, how is it effecting independent theaters and distributors? (23 min)
Mar 12 2020, The Pandemic: In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, there's no telling what the future holds for the movie-going public. (20 min)
Mar 06 2020, Proletarian: Whether on a plane or in their living room, Alex and Pablo are never far from films about class warfare. (22 min)
Feb 20 2020, Directores Mexicanos: Mexican directors are the topic of the week as Pablo swoons over his favorites and Alex chimes in with a few selections of his own. (17 min)
Feb 14 2020, Kirk Douglas, Legend of Cinema: Kirk Douglas recently passed away, leaving behind an incredible history of cinematic achievements - of which Alex and Pablo are happy to reminisce. (17 min)
Jan 31 2020, Planes, Banes, and...Sundance: Returning from a trip to England, Alex laments the poor aspect ratio of in-flight entertainment while Pablo struggles with Sundance's new approach to cell phones. (19 min)
Jan 17 2020, Seven Years by Alex: Inspired by Pablo's idea of remembering films from when he and Alex were of impressionable ages, Alex takes the reins and picks a few years of his own to demonstrate the trend of quality cinema. (22 min)
Jan 10 2020, Feelin' 7 Up: Using the new BBC documentary 63 UP as a launching point, Pablo and Alex reminisce about films that released when they were 7 and 14. (23 min)
Jan 03 2020, The Prisoner: With growing concerns over the recent, inexplicable drone sightings over Colorado, Pablo is reminded of Alex's book about the hit British TV series called "The Prisoner." (19 min)
Dec 20 2019, Nuclear Wasteland: Ever wonder why topics of nuclear war were so prevelant in music and film during the 70s and 80s, but there is silence today? Alex and Pablo wonder the same thing... (22 min)
Dec 05 2019, Henry Fonda's Lovechild: Finally getting the Fonda story out, Alex and Pablo discuss hidden film gems and unsung historical heroes. (19 min)
Nov 14 2019, Wenders, Hitchcock, and...Glitches?: Pablo and Alex discuss their thoughts on Wim Wenders classics, their favorite Hitchcock films, and the ghost of Henry Fonda sabotages the recording. (24 min)
Nov 07 2019, Travel Time: After taking a couple weeks off, Pablo and Alex discuss where their travels took them and how Alex got more than just a place to sit at a recent awards ceremony. (20 min)
Oct 24 2019, Godzilla: Pablo and Alex discuss the kaiju classic, Godzilla, with Alex describing his once-in-a-lifetime meeting of the director. (20 min)
Oct 17 2019, Moviedrome, Part 4: Pablo selects five topic films from the Moviedrome collection to get Alex's take - including Sunset Boulevard, Ace in the Hole, The Sweet Smell of Success, Alphaville, and Five Easy Pieces. (21 min)
Oct 10 2019, Moviedrome, Part 3: Diving into the year 1989, Moviedrome titles are continued as Alex discusses some of his less than fortunate festival experiences. (25 min)
Oct 03 2019, Moviedrome, Part 2: Pablo and Alex continue discussing titles from the BBC's Moviedrome series, which were once introduced by Alex. (32 min)
Sep 26 2019, Moviedrome, Part 1: Pablo and Alex discuss some of the titles from back when Alex did introductions for the Moviedrome series. (31 min)
Sep 21 2019, Harry: After coming back from a festival in his honor, Alex talks Harry Dean Stanton with Pablo. (25 min)
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$9 general admission.
$7 w/UCB student ID,
$7 for senior citizens
$1 discount to anyone with a bike helmet
Free on your birthday! CU Cinema Studies students get in free.
Pay lot 360 (now only $1/hour!), across from the buffalo statue and next to the
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International Film Series
(Originally called The University Film Commission)
Established 1941 by James Sandoe.
First Person Cinema
(Originally called The Experimental Cinema Group)
Established 1955 by Carla Selby, Gladney Oakley, Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage.
C.U. Film Program
(AKA The Rocky Mountain Film Center)
First offered degrees in filmmaking and critical studies in 1989 under the guidance of Virgil
Created by Suranjan Ganguly in 2003.
C.U. Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts
Established 2017 by Chair Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz.
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