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The Denver Film Society needs 4 new digital projectors to continue showing films at Film On The Rocks, SDFF, and Sie FilmCenter.

The Denver Film Society (DFS) needs your help raising funds to acquire 4 new digital projectors – equipment that will allow us to program and offer a full array of screenings at the organization’s diverse venues including: Film on the Rocks, the Sie FilmCenter, and the Starz Denver Film Festival red-carpet premieres at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI @ RED ROCKS ONLY HAPPENS WITH YOUR HELP

That’s right…THE BIG LEBOWSKI is The Big Event.

For a $25 donation – you can support the Denver Film Society digital campaign and also receive a ticket to an Exclusive Backer's-only DCP screening of THE BIG LEBOWSKI at Red Rocks on July 31. This event will not take place unless we work together to reach our $150,000 campaign goal. Please support the Denver Film Society digital projection campaign and make a donation today.

In addition, DFS and its partner organizations have created many other unique rewards across all of our programs as thank you gifts for your investment in this campaign.

By the end of 2013, the film industry will only distribute new films in a digital format (DCP). Even classic Film on the Rocks titles like THE BIG LEBOWSKI, TOP GUN and THE GOONIES have been converted to digital. The potential impact to the Denver Film Society and film-lovers throughout the region is significant. Without DCP projectors we will not be able to show these older films or any new films produced by Hollywood!

As the leading not-for-profit film organization in the state of Colorado for more than 35 years, our goal is to continue to bring the great films, festivals and exciting events that you have come to expect.

To do that, we must respond to the new Hollywood and film industry standard and purchase DCP projectors immediately.

In other words, we have to be proactive. We either go digital or we lose the ability to deliver the most complete film offerings.

With your help, that won’t happen.

 What is the cost of 4 new DCP Projectors?

 $300,000

We need you to help us raise $150,000 though this Kickstarter campaign to cover the cost of 2 projectors. Luckily we’ve had some generous donors contribute $70,000 towards the cost of the other two.

So by June 28 we need you to help us raise $150,000 – and more would be even better!

Last year alone, DFS spent $35,000 to rent equipment allowing us to screen films only available on digital at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the L2 Arts and Culture Center for the Starz Denver Film Festival. We can’t afford to be spending that kind of money each year – and if we did that only covers 2 projectors when we need 4.

So here’s the deal: we have to buy digital projection for all three theaters at the Sie FilmCenter, and a projector we will use for Film on the Rocks, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and other future venues.

The Options Are Clear – GO DIGITAL OR GO DARK

While the digital conversion will shutter hundreds of small theaters across the country, you have the ability to drive this campaign, helping ensure that we can continue to give our members and Denver-area film lovers what they want - The Best Film Experience in Colorado.

IT’S ALL OR NOTHING AS WE WORK TO ACHIEVE OUR $150,000 GOAL

If the goal of $150,000 is not met by June 28 – we get nothing. NADA. ZERO. ZILCH. We don't get a single dime and we don't convert.

Support the Denver Film Society

The Denver Film Society is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization dedicated to the exhibition of films through its diverse programs. With less than 50% of operating revenue achieved through ticket sales, DFS works to maintain its year-round programming and educational offerings through the generosity of private donors, government organizations, corporations, and foundations. This support allows the Denver Film Society to sustain the strength of its programs and resources and helps us reach new audiences. Visit our website denverfilm.org

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The challenge lies in the timing of the installation of the projectors, however we are working with Red Rocks to find a time between music concerts to install that projection system, and we have found out we will only need to shut down one screen at a time, and only for one day at the Sie FilmCenter.

FAQ

  • YES! The Denver Film Society is a 501c3 non-profit. Any amount you donate over the value of your reward is tax-deductible, for example, at the $25 donation level with THE BIG LEBOWSKI exclusive backers-only reward level, $15 pays for the show, and $10 is tax-deductible.

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  • YES! We will keep our 35mm projectors installed and operable as long as there is still 35mm film to be had. There is just something about seeing real film properly projected and we want our audience to see it, even if it becomes a rare special screening.

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  • We will, but in some strange other universe your credit card will not be charged, and sadly we don’t receive a nickel of the funds, and the exclusive backers-only screening of THE BIG LEBOWSKI at Red Rocks will not occur.

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  • Let's say you want one $100 reward and then an additional $50 reward for yourself or for someone else. To do that, choose the $100 dollar reward and then on the next page where you can adjust the amount, change the amount to $150 while still keeping the $100 reward selected. After you finish putting in your pledge, sedt us a message saying how you want the reward divided up and we'll take care of it for you once the project is successful!

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  • We have two levels for you out-of-towners, OR if you have a friend or family member in the area, you can send us their email and name and we can pass along your reward. Or plan a trip and come visit us in the Mile High City and experience Film on the Rocks and/or the Starz Denver Film Festival. And, the front door at our home, the Sie FilmCenter is always open to our DFS friends and family.

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    THANK YOU FROM THE DENVER FILM SOCIETY - Keep an eye on your inbox for an electronic high-five!

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    SIE FILMCENTER TICKET AND A POPCORN- One movie ticket plus a popcorn - voted Westword's "Best Movie Theater Popcorn" in Denver.

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    ONE ADMISSION TO THE EXCLUSIVE BACKERS-ONLY BIG LEBOWSKI FILM ON THE ROCKS, JULY 31, 2013 - Support the Denver Film Society's campaign for digital projection and gain access to a special benefit show of your favorite Film on the Rocks movie...THE BIG LEBOWSKI

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    SEND A KID TO THE MOVIES - Great for out-of-town supporters with big hearts. At this level you will provide a ticket for a special Saturday-at-the-Movies screening along with a kids combo for an underserved youth during the 36th Starz Denver Film Festival.

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    4 MOVIES TICKETS + POPCORNS + SMALL SOFT DRINKS TO SIE FILMCENTER AND A POSTER FROM OUR COLLECTION.

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    TWO ADMISSIONS TO THE EXCLUSIVE BACKERS-ONLY BIG LEBOWSKI FILM ON THE ROCKS, JULY 31, 2013

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    TWO ADMISSIONS TO EXCLUSIVE BACKERS-ONLY BIG LEBOWSKI FILM ON THE ROCKS + VIP PRE-PARTY AT RED ROCKS TRADING POST - July 31, 2013. Film on the Rocks pre-party at the Trading Post includes catered food by Steuben’s, VIP seating at the venue, and tickets for two people to the event (21 and over only – ID’s required for Trading Post entrance)

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    FOUR ADMISSIONS TO THE EXCLUSIVE BACKERS-ONLY BIG LEBOWSKI FILM ON THE ROCKS, JULY 31, 2013

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    TWO TICKETS TO THE BLUES TRAVELERS - July 4th at Red Rocks. Special thanks to AEG Live.

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    TWO ADMISSIONS TO EXCLUSIVE BACKERS-ONLY BIG LEBOWSKI FILM ON THE ROCKS + VIP PRE-PARTY AT RACKHOUSE PUB AND A RIDE TO-AND-FROM RED ROCKS ON OUR PARTY BUS - July 31, 2013 Pre-party at the Rackhouse Pub with complimentary food and reception, party bus to Red Rocks, VIP seating at the venue, tickets for the screening, and bus transportation back to the Rackhouse Pub following the event (21 and over – ID’s required for Rackhouse Pub entrance)

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    OUT-OF-TOWN ODE- Love us but not around to reap these benefits? A DFS staff member will write you an original poem as our way of saying thanks.

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    36th STARZ CLOSING NIGHT VIP PACKAGE - Two tickets to the Closing Night Film + Party plus reserved seating at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

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    TWO TICKETS TO ROBERT PLANT - July 10th at Red Rocks. Special thanks to AEG Live.

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    TWO VIP TICKETS TO SOLD OUT RODRIGO Y GABRIELA’S RED ROCKS SHOW JULY 28th - Including backstage tour, signed poster, and preferred parking.

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    36th STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT VIP PACKAGE - Get the VIP experience at Opening Night of the festival. You and a guest will walk the red carpet and have your official photos taken before being escorted to your premium reserved seats for the Opening Night film. Post-screening, dance the night away at the Opening Night Party.

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    TWO ADMISSIONS TO EXCLUSIVE BACKERS-ONLY BIG LEBOWSKI FILM ON THE ROCKS + VIP BACKSTAGE ACCESS INCLUDING DINNER AND A BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - July 31, 2013 Dine where the likes of Bono and Jerry Garcia have - backstage at Red Rocks. Rub elbows with the bands. See the magic behind the scenes before watching THE BIG LEBOWSKI from premium reserved seats.

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    PROGRAM THE WATCHING HOUR- Curate your favorite cult/genre film for DFS's late night series, The Watching Hour, plus receive 10 tickets to the screening. Introduce the film and show off your cinephile prowess to your friends and fellow moviegoers. (Subject to title availability)

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    PHISH - THREE DAY PASS FOR TWO PLUS CAMPING - August 30th - September 1st at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Special thanks to KBCO.

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    WOMEN + FILM: ONE YEAR PATRON PASS – VIP access to all W+F screenings, events and receptions for one year including Voices Film Festival (March), Starz Denver Film Festival (November), and monthly Sie FilmCenter events (valid through July 31, 2014).

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    PERSONALIZED PORTRAIT - Thom Buchanan, Starz Denver Film Festival portrait artist for thirty years, will make you a portrait of your choice in the distinctive vein of SDFF’s film festival portraits. Be it a loved one, your cat, or Bogart himself. (12 x 18 custom, black & white charcoal, frame-able, personalized portrait)

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    BRAND NEW MOUNTAIN DEW SNOWBOARD and 4 A-BASIN LIFT TICKETS - Plus Mountain Dew Hoodies, T-Shirts and Cooler Backpack.

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    DINNER WITH A FILMMAKER AT THE STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL- You and a guest will dine with a guest filmmaker and the Festival’s programming staff in an intimate setting at Charcoal Restaurant during the 36th Starz Denver Film Festival. Plus you'll get two tickets to the guest filmmaker’s premiere screening.

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    PRIVATE RECEPTION IN HENDERSON'S LOUNGE – Privatize the Lounge for a two-hour reception for up to 50 people.

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    KARAOKE ON THE ROCKS! YOUR CHANCE TO HEADLINE RED ROCKS Perform in front of thousands of screaming fans at Film on the Rocks before THE BIG LEBOWSKI begins – sing your heart out!

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    ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW SING-ALONG- You and up to 9 friends get to lead the School of Rock All-Star Band on "The Time-Warp" on-stage at the August 13th Film on the Rocks screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.

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    BECOME A RECOGNIZED NAME IN FILM - NAME A SEAT IN THE SIE FILMCENTER Play a starring role as instant recognition awaits you when you name your seat at the Sie FilmCenter. This is a unique opportunity to establish your legacy at the new home of the Denver Film Society.

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    SEE YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS AT THE SIE FILM CENTER – Promote your Business or Organization with an onscreen slide for one year.

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    PRIVATE PARTY AT THE SIE FILMCENTER IN THE LUXURIOUS CLASEN SCREENING ROOM Private screening of the film of your choice at the exclusive Clasen Screening Room for 40 friends including catered meal and a reception in Henderson’s Lounge following the event.

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    NAMING RIGHTS FOR THE FILM ON THE ROCKS DIGITAL PROJECTOR – PRESS PLAY! This is your exclusive chance for you or your business to underwrite and sponsor digital projection for Film on the Rocks. Your name or business will be credited on screen before each screening and announced from stage at each Film on the Rocks in the 2014 season!

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