Denverite + GoodCinema Collaboration
Doors: 5:30PM | Film: 6PM | Discussion: 7:45PM
Louise Mortorano - RedLine
John Golter - Rhinoceropolis/Glob
Lisa Gedgaudas - Create Denver
Moderated by Ashley Dean - Denverite
Join Denverite and GoodCinema for a movie and thoughtful conversation about the current state and future of DIY art venues in Denver as the city grows. The evening will begin with a presentation of the film, Goodnight Brooklyn, The Story of Death By Audio, followed by an interactive panel discussion.
At the roots of any healthy cultural ecosystem, there's DIY. Denver's own scene has been around since long before the boom, operating unbothered in the city's basements and otherwise unneeded warehouses. In December 2016, when a fire at Oakland's Ghost Ship space killed 36 people, that changed. Cities across the country feared their own Ghost Ship fire, and in Denver, inspectors showed up just days later at the doors of Rhinoceropolis and Glob to shut down the venues and evict the artists living there.
Two years later, Rhino and Glob have to go-ahead to reopen, but the shape of Denver DIY is different. Let's talk about it.
In 2014, after nearly a decade of shows in Williamsburg, underground venue Death By Audio was forced to close to make way for new Vice Media offices. Goodnight Brooklyn follows what happens next, as its founders and the DIY community built around it work through the final days.
Jan 15, 2019 | Alamo Denver
GoodCinema is starting the new year with an uplifting film, I AM, which explores human connectivity and how we make the world a better place. I AM is an engaging documentary that poses the provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? Recovering from a near-fatal cycling accident, filmmaker Tom Shadyac emerged with a new sense of purpose. Previously living a life of excess and greed, he was determined to share the basis for his awakening and investigate how he as an individual, and we as a human race, could improve how we live and act in the world.
The focus of this film, human connection, is central to GoodCinema's mission and will set the foundation for future events as we discuss common themes to drive our actions forward: love, empathy, and cooperation. Since society is simply a reflection of our values and actions, real change must come from within. This event will leave you inspired to be the change you wish to see in the world.
Bill Byrnes - Founder, GoodCinema
Born from Bill’s belief that we all share more similarities than differences and can accomplish more as a society through cooperation, GoodCinema was founded in 2018 to connect people through film, community, and open dialogue. Now live streaming events and expanding to new markets, GoodCinema is quickly growing to be a global movement of human connection and activation.
The path to GoodCinema started a few years ago as casual “Documentary Nights” with friends. These evenings sparked emotions but were too limited to make a difference. Triggered by growing frustration with hateful online rhetoric and a deepening division of humanity, Bill was inspired to implement his vision of people watching meaningful films and discussing the topics together as a community, building connections while being guided on a path to change.
Bill creates immersive experiences focused on current issues, curating award-winning films, facilitating audience discussions with subject-matter experts and local leaders, and providing a platform for organizations to engage with their communities, building empathy and empowering people to make an impact.
Sarah Jackson - Founder, Casa de Paz
Several years ago Sarah went on a trip to the US/Mexico border with a humanitarian aid organization working on immigration issues. She spoke with people who had been deported, learned about people’s reasons for migrating and heard the dangers they face in doing so. She saw first-hand families being separated.
Then she returned to Colorado and couldn’t return to her normal life after this experience. She decided to do something about it because she believes families should be together. So she opened Casa de Paz.
To keep the doors of the Casa open, Sarah started Volleyball Internacional. 100% the profit from the volleyball league is donated to the Casa and used to pay the operating expenses.
Sarah’s hope and prayer is to help ease the isolating experience of immigrant detention, one simple act of love at a time.
Danny Mazur - Founder, Soul Stories
Shortly after Danny moved from Ohio to Colorado in 2013, his mom overdosed on pain killers (and survived). In search of a space to share his story and build a trusting community, Danny created Soul Stories, a story-based organization that promotes healing, empowerment, and social connectedness through a creative, community-building framework comprised of workshops, spaces, and events that address challenging topics impacting local communities.
In this journey, Danny has seen the transformative power of personal storytelling and the barriers that separate us. Modern America's ever increasing crisis of isolation and division has led him to ask the question, "How do our stories influence our ability to be in dialogue and relationship with one another?"
Carlyn Shaw - Founder, Strangers To Friends
Following an MS diagnosis in 1998 and the death of both her best friends, Carlyn began her physical and spiritual awakening. Armed with self awareness and curiosity, Carlyn chose to turn fear into her friend and embrace life as the ultimate experience.
After a job layoff in 2010, a simple contact exchange via a "Strangers To Friends" Connection Card became the inspiration for what is now a growing community. At Strangers to Friends, Carlyn invites men and women to step out of their comfort zones and into authentic connection, where vulnerability leads to synchronicity and opens up to possibility.
As an Inspirational Storyteller, Intuitive Connector and Coach, Carlyn empowers people to turn setbacks into stepping stones, let go of perceived limitations, and co-create their best life.
Rett Kearbey - Director of Sales, Gaia
A truth seeker from early childhood, Rett has built spiritual communities, launched nonprofits, and facilitated humanitarian projects overseas. He believes that a society truly changes when its people experience their own immeasurable value, then begin to recognize that same value in one another. While every person’s spiritual path is unique, Rett claims that quieting the mind, practicing self love, and staying curious are three important keys that will support everyone in navigating their path.
As Director of Sales for Gaia, a global streaming video company with a vision to empower the evolution of consciousness, Rett leads a team focused on growing Gaia’s member base and global community through partnerships, ambassadors, live events, and grassroots referral. Gaia produces original TV series on topics often avoided by the mainstream, offers hundreds of inspirational documentaries and films, and carries the largest library of yoga and meditation practices in the world.
Jon Block, Community Developer
A devout student of communication, Jon founded and led a public speaking training company for 7 years, igniting breakthroughs for participants with their bold self-expression and heart-based connection with audiences. Jon also produced music festivals and holds a degree from University of Southern California’s film program, where Jon focused on creating movies as a powerful conduit for social change.
Now CEO of Block Builders Investment Group (BBIG), Jon is dedicated to creating living communities based on affordability and sustainability. Their current project is a Tiny House Resort in the mountains of San Diego with a farm-to-table restaurant.
Jon is passionate about self-development, raising the vibration of the planet, and having conversations that cut way below the surface.
Social Justice Film Series
Oct 16, 2018 | Alamo Denver
Kristy Martinez - Korey Wise Innocence Project
Michael Dougherty - Boulder District Attorney
Gail Johnson - Johnson & Klein Law
Mia Arrington - Sister of Abron Arrington (wrongfully convicted in CO)
Donna Rogers - Mother of Billy Edwards-El (wrongfully convicted in CO)
The third and final event of GoodCinema's social justice film series focuses on wrongful conviction with the award-winning drama, Crown Heights. Based on the true story adapted from This American Life, Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, and his friend, Carl King, devotes his life to proving Colin's innocence.
Following the film, the audience will engage in a discussion with a panel of experts, including attorneys and family members of the wrongfully convicted in Colorado, to explore how the issue affects us locally and what you can do to make an immediate direct impact.
In 1980, a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Brooklyn, New York, and the police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Colin's childhood friend Carl 'KC' King devotes his life to fighting for Colin's freedom. He works on appeals, takes loans for lawyer fees and becomes a legal courier to learn the court system.
This incredible true story, winner of Sundance's coveted audience award in dramatic competition, is adapted from the acclaimed This American Life segment by writer/director Matt Ruskin, with Lakeith Stanfield playing Colin Warner and Nnamdi Asomugha as Carl King.
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BEYOND THE WALL
Sept 11, 2018 | Sie FilmCenter
Victor Galvan - Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
Jorge Castañeda - Castañeda Law
Mekela Goehring - Rocky Mtn Immigrant Advocacy Network
Jamie Torres - Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
Greg Mortimer - Casa de Paz
The second event of our three-part film series on social justice explores an issue that has garnered widespread attention under Trump’s zero-tolerance, immigrant detention policy at the border. We will screen four short films, Immigrants for Sale, Immigrant Prisons, Deportation Nation, and locally produced Beyond the Wall. This will be followed by an audience discussion led by a panel of experts.
We are a country built by immigrants, but similar to various points in our country’s history, we find ourselves at a crossroads in the way our government is approach immigration issues. Families are fleeing their homes and coming to America with hopes of refuge and a fresh start, but instead of welcoming them, our government has taken a zero-tolerance policy to border security. The result has been families being separated and detained, due process being ignored, and a growing anti-immigrant rhetoric that is driving a wedge across America. Are we really safer by enforcing a hardline stance on immigration? Do immigrants take away or contribute to our economy? Why are refugees fleeing to our country, and what can we do as a community to humanely address this issue in a way that benefits our society?
WAR ON DRUGS
THE HOUSE I LIVE IN
Aug 7, 2018 | Sie FilmCenter
The first event of our social justice film series, looked into the War on Drugs with a screening of The House I Live In, directed by Eugene Jarecki and winner of multiple awards, including Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize.
About the Film:
For the past 40 years, the war on drugs has resulted in more than 45 million arrests, $1 trillion dollars in government spending, and America’s role as the world’s largest jailer. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available than ever. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories of those on the front lines — from the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge — and offers a penetrating look at the profound human rights implications of America’s longest war. (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/house-i-live-in/)
Following the film we will engage with a panel of experts in an audience discussion about the social and local impacts on the drug war, ways to repair the damage, and how to overhaul a system that infringes on personal liberties, exploits people of color, and treats drug abuse as a crime rather than a health issue. The discussion will be followed by a call to action that offers clear next steps to be a part of the solution by getting involved with our partnering organizations.
A Filmmaker Preview and Fundraiser
Dec 12, 2018
Travis Weiner: Co-Executive Producer
Served with the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, 2004 - 2009. Two tours in Iraq, both to rural areas outside Baghdad. Left the Army as a sergeant.
Tommy Furlong: Co-Executive Producer
Served as an Infantry Officer with the 3rd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment 2008 - 2011. Deployed to Marjeh, Afghanistan as a Platoon Commander & Fire Support Team Leader. Left the Marines as a captain.
Catie Foertsch: Producer
A screening of selected clips and a discussion, including audience Q&A, about the cost in lives and suffering of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
MEATGRINDER is a documentary film-in-progress that tells the truth about what happened in these wars, through interviews with combat veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were and are meatgrinders, destroying bodies, minds, and lives. This destruction - paid for with our tax dollars - is not glorious and is not right, despite what our leaders have told the troops and the American public. Service members, their families, and the civilians in these countries didn’t deserve the shattering of bodies and minds that occurred in both wars and is still occurring, especially because these were wars of choice, not necessity.
Why MEATGRINDER is important:
It is our belief that the best way to support the troops is to tell the truth about the cost of fighting these wars, and that this form of supporting the troops is all too often missing in the popular culture and mindset. The only ones who know the real cost are the families of those who died, and the combat troops and local civilians whose lives are forever changed due to physical injury, mental injury, and moral injury. Our government sent our troops to fight, and we owe it to them to understand the price they paid and continue to pay everyday.
Our goal is to reach as many people as we can with this film, including:
Combat veterans, to validate their experiences
Taxpayers, so they understand the damage to bodies and minds their taxes are funding
Young men and women who are considering joining the military, so they have better information about the potential cost of becoming soldiers