Durango Film Fest recommendations

by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

For all showtimes and venue information, visit DurangoFilm.org


“Jane Wants a Boyfriend,” William Sullivan, 2015

Starring Eliza Dushku (“Bring it On”) and Louisa Krause. Details the relationship between sisters Bianca and Jane, the latter of whom has autism. Jane expresses an interest in wanting a boyfriend, and with a little help from her overprotective sister, she dips into the dating pool.

See this one if: You want to learn about living with autism, and enjoy a tender love story

“Echo Lake,” Jody McVeigh-Schultz, 2015

Tells the story of Will, a 30-year-old functioning alcoholic who is struggling with adulthood. When his estranged father dies, Will inherits the family cabin in the Sierras and with it a new perspective on his family, childhood and habit of sabotaging relationships.

See this one if: You’re a millennial searching for meaning


“Revival: the Sam Bush Story,” Wayne Franklin and Kris Wheeler, 2015

Heralded as one of the most influential musicians in the modern era, Sam Bush pioneered a new genre of music and inspired some of today’s most successful commercial acts; yet, he remains the music world’s best-kept secret.

See this one if: You love bluegrass music

“A New Understanding: Science of Psilocybin,” Robert Barnhart and Brady Dial, 2015

We devote a great deal of attention to living with cancer, but little to the treatment of the human being who is dying of cancer. A recent resurgence of psychedelic research is revealing the power of compounds like psilocybin to profoundly alter our understanding of both life and death. This film examines the use of psilocybin in a controlled setting to reduce psycho spiritual anxiety, depression and physical pain.

See this one if: You’re interested in medical and psychedelic research


“Paradise Waits,” Teton Gravity Research, 2015

This is a 30-minute thrill-ride that has everything you demand from a ski and snowboard film. Watch pros such as Angel Collinson, Ian McIntosh and Dana Flahr totally shred it.

See this one if: You’re a ski bum who can actually sit through a feature-length ski and snowboard movie

ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM (Animation for Adults):

“Dinner for Few,” Nassos Vakalis, 2014

A sociopolitical metaphor of the world as a formal dinner that takes an unexpected turn when there’s no more food to be served.

“Canis,” Marc Riba and Anna Solanas, 2014

Teo survives isolated in a house constantly besieged by a horde of stray dogs.

See these two if: You like dark, political, challenging films. (These recs provided by Michele Malach, head of Shorts Programming.)


“The Story of Percival Pilts,” Janette Goodey and John Lewis, 2015

A whimsical tale about the challenges and charms of living an impractical life. While playing on stilts, young Percival Pilts vows “Never again shall my feet touch the ground!” Compelled ever higher, he builds his stilts so tall that he no longer fits into normal society.

See this one if: You love stop-motion animation (like “The Nightmare Before Christmas”) and want to bring your kids

Anya Jaremko-GreenwoldDGO Staff Writer


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