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As part of their Summer Arts Festival, the folks at Colorado College are staging a documentary film festival for the next few weeks. Filmmakers will introduce and discuss their films, all showing at 7 p.m. at the Max Kade Theatre on the third floor of Armstrong Hall.

Opening night features television producer and director Kirk Marcolina from Los Angeles, his collaborator Becky Smith and their films Gay Weddings and Bug Juice. Gay Weddings, which explores the lives of four gay and lesbian couples who have chosen to marry, was created as an original series for the Bravo network and will premier in September. Smith, an independent filmmaker, is best known for her award-winning made-for-TV documentary In the Game, narrated by Alfre Woodard.

For three Wednesday evenings following opening night, the festival will feature films like Ballet Russes by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller, a feature-length look at more than 80 years in the lives of Russian, American, European and Latin American dancers of the Ballet Russes companies around the world (July 24). Student filmmakers from the MFA program at UCLA will be featured on July 31. The festival will conclude on Aug. 7 with Women of Mystery, a portrait of three pioneering women authors in crime fiction -- Marcia Muller, Sarah Paretsky and Sue Grafton -- to be introduced and discussed by acclaimed filmmaker Pamela Beere Briggs.

Tickets are $2 (free with a CC ID) and can be picked up at the Worner Center desk at the corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre on the Colorado College campus.

-- Kathryn Eastburn

  • The 2002 Summer Documentary Film Festival at CC.

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