GoodCinema led a session at Denver Startup Week with a short film about a social impact startup working with coastal communities to solve a global problem, while also empowering these communities to boost their economies in the process. The film was followed by an interactive conversation with a panel of social entrepreneurs that have launched businesses to drive social and environmental impact.
Exit Through The Gift Shop
Sept 8, 2019 | Ramble Hotel
GoodCinema and CRUSH Walls present the award-winning documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop. The infamous British graffiti street artist, Banksy, has literally left his mark on cities throughout the world. He comes in contact with a Frenchman, who videotapes underground art escapades and is transformed into an art phenomenon dubbed "Mr. Brainwash," in an overlapping documentary where the line between what is real and what might be fake blurs, as modern art and celebrity are put under the microscope.
The film was followed by an intimate discussion on art, expression, rules and commercialism with a panel of CRUSH artists.
Gay Chorus Deep South
Aug 20, 2019 | Alamo Denver
GoodCinema and Crested Butte Film Festival presented the award-winning documentary, Gay Chorus Deep South, a story of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus embarking on a tour of the American Deep South in response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive 2016 election.
The tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance, to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over 300 singers performed in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenges Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that divide us; faith, politics, sexual identity are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity and a little drag.
July 28, 2019 | Alamo Denver
Sara Nassr (Syria)
Nermina Mujkanović (Bosnia)
Nga Vuong-Sandoval (Việt Nam)
Farduus Ahmed (Ethiopia)
Moderated by Bill Byrnes, GoodCinema
GoodCinema and International Rescue Committee present the award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A, a documentary chronicling the artist’s remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star as one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today.
Taking an intimate look at one’s identity, the film provides unparalleled access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, having to balance where she came from with who she is becoming.
Following the film, GoodCinema hosted an intimate conversation with local refugees, giving the community an opportunity to hear new perspectives and learn how to get involved.
Veterans, Trauma, Healing
From Shock to Awe
June 18, 2019 | Alamo Denver
Moderated by Bill Byrnes, GoodCinema
GoodCinema presented From Shock to Awe, an intimate look at the transformational journey of combat veterans suffering from severe trauma. We watched as they abandon pharmaceuticals to heal with the help of psychedelic medicines, then engaged in an interactive audience discussion with the veterans and spouses featured in the film.
Exploring the question “how do we heal our deepest wounds?,” the documentary raises fundamental questions about war, the pharmaceutical industry, natural medicines, and the US legal system.
May 21, 2019 | Alamo Denver
GoodCinema presented an inspirational film experience that explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion: happiness.
The award-winning film, Happy, takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.
Does money make you happy? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? What can we do to be more happy?
GoodCinema explored these questions and more with an interactive audience and panel discussion following the film.
Jan 15, 2019 | Alamo Denver
Panel + Audience discussion
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.
April 16, 2019 | Alamo Denver
GoodCinema explored the history and current state of housing in America with the Denver premiere of Owned followed by an intimate conversation with mayoral candidates and Denver's Chief Housing Officer about one of the primary issues Denver residents face: affordable housing.
Owned exposes the dark history of postwar housing policies and the two very different realities it created for people in the US. Through personal stories, the film explores how the policies of segregation have led to inequity and oppression that are still prevalent today.
NEURONS TO NIRVANA
Mar 26, 2019 | Alamo Denver
GoodCinema explored and discussed the controversial world of psychedelics. With an estimated 1 in 6 Americans taking psychiatric medications and an epidemic of prescription drug abuse on the rise, this is the time to observe and reflect upon the status quo of conventional medicine in the US.
Through the film Neurons to Nirvana and a consequent discussion led by an expert panel, GoodCinema explored the history and impacts of drug prohibition, as well as the possibility of Denver becoming the first US city to decriminalize the psilocybin, the naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in “magic mushrooms” with a growing body of evidence that shows promising medicinal benefits. Spearheaded by Decriminalize Denver’s efforts, thousands of Denver residents have already signed a petition to put the psilocybin decriminalization initiative on the city’s May 7, 2019 election ballots.
The film Neurons to Nirvana explores the resurgence of psychedelics as medicines while examining the evidence of their therapeutic benefits. With interviews from the world’s top researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, this film explores the history and medicinal potential of five powerful psychedelic substances: LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis.
PAID FAMILY LEAVE
Feb 19, 2019 | Alamo Denver
Ashley Panelli - 9to5 Colorado
Karla Gonzales Garcia - COLOR
Debra Brown - Good Business Colorado
Kris Garcia - 9to5 Colorado
What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? They're the only countries in the world without paid family leave. With 78% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, families are often forced to choose between taking unpaid time off to care for a loved one or continuing to work in order to keep their jobs and health care benefits.
While Zero Weeks aligns with GoodCinema’s value of humanity over greed, the film also explores how paid family leave benefits businesses as well as individuals. Join GoodCinema for a screening of Zero Weeks followed by an interactive panel discussion on how the family leave crisis affects local Coloradans and what you can do to help.
Award-winning director Ky Dickens was inspired to make Zero Weeks after facing financial depletion and emotional turmoil as a result of "not enough time," due to a lack of paid leave, after the birth of her first child.
ART, DIY, & GENTRIFICATION
Feb 5, 2019 | Alamo Denver
Louise Martorano - 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.
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
DONATE to the Meatgrinder film project