The bad news is that, as of press time, all tickets to this year's RMWFF were sold out. The good news is that each year the festival selects films to be purchased on videotape which then become a part of the Fine Arts Center Library's permanent collection and are available to be checked out for viewing by the public. (For a list of the library's collection of films from past festivals and for library hours, call 634-5581.)
The other good news is that this festival, every year, takes invited filmmakers who are in attendance out into the community to discuss their work with high school and college students, and to screen their films before a wide range of audiences. Here's a list of screenings to be held around town, all on Friday, Nov. 3:
Long Night's Journey Into Day (94 minutes)
Filmmakers Frances Reid and Deborah Huffman will answer questions about their film which explores the complexities of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee's hearings in post-apartheid South Africa. Hoffman produced and directed the Academy Award-nominated Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter, screened at the 1998 RMWFF, and edited the Academy Award-winning film, The Times of Harvey Milk. Reid's last production was Skin Deep, a film exploring race relations on college campuses, broadcast nationally on PBS and now used by nearly 2,000 colleges and universities in the U.S.
11:30 a.m., Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St.
4 p.m., City Council Chambers, 30 S. Nevada Ave.
One Day's Crossing (25 minutes)
Filmmaker Joan Stein will be in attendance to discuss this film about a group of Holocaust survivors, based on her own family's experiences.
11:30 a.m., First Congregational Church, corner of St. Vrain and N. Tejon Streets
Life Afterlife (87 minutes)
Filmmaker Lisa Jackson will host a screening and discussion of her film about the mysterious spirit realm that extends beyond physical death. Jackson produced and directed the 1999 Emmy nominee, The Secret Life of Barbie.
1:30 p.m., Los Robles Nursery's LoRo Caf, 918 W. Costilla (behind the golden arches, above 8th Street)
Participants are invited to come for lunch and stay for the film.
Judy's Time (40 minutes)
Producer/director Erin Flannery hosts this screening of her film which looks at the extraordinary strength and determination of her late mother, discovered after her mother's death.
3:30 p.m., downtown family YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave.
Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Strength to Resist (33 minutes)
Co-producer Margaret Lazarus will talk about this look at the insidious power of advertising images. Lazarus' 1994 film, Defending Our Lives, won the Academy Award for Best Short Documentary Film.
11 a.m., UCCS, Science Auditorium