35mm Rocks!

Long live 35mm film!

For those of us who still find magic in look of real film, we've compiled a list of upcoming screenings that will be shown on celluloid in the Boulder/Denver area. See you there!

Meantime, here's a video called “The Art of 35mm Projection.”

2023 Oct 28 Sat


While her son, Kichi, is away at war, a woman and her daughter-in-law survive by killing samurai who stray into their swamp, then selling whatever valuables they find. Both are devastated when they learn that Kichi has died, but his wife soon begins an affair with a neighbor who survived the war, Hachi. The mother disapproves and, when she can't steal Hachi for herself, tries to scare her daughter-in-law with a mysterious mask from a dead samurai.

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At Muenzinger Auditorium

2023 Oct 31 Tue

Shaun of the Dead

Horror and comedy have crossed paths in the movies many times over the years. Most of them fall into well-deserved obscurity. Two stand out in my mind as masterpieces: Dr. Strangelove and Evil Dead 2. It’s time to add another title to that list; Shaun of the Dead.

Shaun has a day to prove to his girlfriend that he is not a total loser, and he blows it. Instead, he ends up getting drunk and commiserating with his roommate Ed at their favorite pub, oblivious to the blaring news reports and military vehicles and sirens streaming past outside.

Eventually, current events become too real to ignore, and Shaun and Ed realize they’re living in a zombie movie. The two zombies that wandered into their yard wouldn’t let up until Simon and Ed used a shovel and a cricket bat to kill them. It’s kind of thrilling, like their video game, but it’s also kind of sickening.

One of the hallmarks of a good horror film — including Romero’s original zombie films — is that it reveals humanity’s reaction to horror. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead was a biting, satirical look at the growing materialism and mall culture of the 1970s.

Shaun of the Dead says that this generation can’t be bothered with current events; it’s somebody else’s problem, and besides, my girl just dumped me. It’s not so much that Shaun’s generation is selfish or shallow (although there’s probably some of that too), rather it’s that they assume they can’t change the world. News is what happens to other people, important people. Clerks and the unemployed just don’t feel empowered enough to be a part of the world.

Shaun also makes the point that many of the lower-paid workers in Western cities are practically zombies anyway. Demeaning, unimportant jobs leave them numb, and all some employers want is a body without a soul or a brain to get in the way of work, work, work.

Shaun of the Dead is not the funniest movie ever, nor is it the scariest. But within the multiple boundaries of a “rom zom com” (romantic zombie comedy), Shaun of the Dead is flawless. (M. Mapes, Movie Habit)

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At Muenzinger Auditorium

2023 Nov 02 Thu

Moulin Rouge!

A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet, who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with the club's most notorious and beautiful star.

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At Muenzinger Auditorium

2023 Dec 05 Tue

Rare Exports

Young Pietari lives with his reindeer-herding father in arctic Finland. On the eve of Christmas, a nearby excavation makes a frightening discovery and an evil Santa Claus is unleashed…

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At Muenzinger Auditorium

2023 Dec 07 Thu

Princess Mononoke

Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Emishi people, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it. Ashitaka must find a way to bring balance to this conflict.

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At Muenzinger Auditorium

2023 Dec 09 Sat

All About My Mother

A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his birthday as he runs to seek an actress' autograph. Beside herself with grief, she returns to Barcelona to tell the boy's father about the death of the son he never knew he had.

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At Muenzinger Auditorium

2023 Dec 11 Mon

Fight Club

A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

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At Muenzinger Auditorium

2023 Dec 12 Tue

Run Lola Run

“Run Lola Run” is the filmic equivalent of techno dance music. There is never a gap between tracks and never a slow moment for rest. It’s all rhythm, style, and energy. There’s not much you’d call a melody, but then that’s not what this style calls for.

Lola (Franka Potente) gets a phone call from her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). The crime they were supposed to be in on together went down as planned, but Lola wasn’t there to give him a getaway ride. Manni had to take the train into town with the bag of loot. When the cops boarded the train, he got off out of habit, only he forgot the bag. Lola tells Manni to hold on. She’ll be there ASAP to set things right. She spends the next 20 minutes of film time running through the streets, stopping only at her father’s bank to ask for money. She arrives at Manni’s location just one second too late.

Manni walks into a grocery store to rob it so he can pay the big boss. The robbery goes bad and the two end up dead. Lola screams “STOP!” and the movie starts over again. Lola runs through two more iterations of the same scenario with varying results. The differences are both subtle and grand. Are the scenarios alternate universes? Are they imagined? Are they three separate films? That question is never answered, nor is it important to the enjoyment of the movie, because it’s all about form and style. (M. Mapes, Movie Habit)

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10 films for $60 with punch card
$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 Duane Physics tower, is closest to Muenzinger. Free parking can be found after 5pm at the meters along Colorado Ave east of Folsom stadium and along University Ave west of Macky.


Park elsewhere and catch the HOP to campus

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 Grillo.

Celebrating Stan

Created by Suranjan Ganguly in 2003.

C.U. Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts

Established 2017 by Chair Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz.

Thank you, sponsors!
Boulder International Film Festival
Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts

Looking for a gift for a friend?
Buy a Frequent Patron Punch Card for $60 at any IFS show. With the punch card you can see ten films (a value of $90).

Cox & Kjølseth
: Filmmaker Alex Cox & Pablo Kjølseth discuss film topics from their own unique perspectives.

: Pablo and Ana share Zoom-based briefs on what's currently playing at IFS

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Sat Oct 28, 2023


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Tue Oct 31, 2023

Shaun of the Dead

At Muenzinger Auditorium

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