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The Crested Butte Film Festival Returns for its 13th Year

Nestled amidst the majestic peaks of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte is, once again, about to welcome filmmakers and movie fans from across the country and the world as the 13th annual Crested Butte Film Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through October 1. Films will play at The Majestic Theatre and The Center for the Arts.

With 80 films showing over the course of five days, narrowing down what you want to watch can be daunting, so why not let someone who has watched all of them make some recommendations? Here are five unmissable films according to Michael Brody, co-founder and artistic and programming Director of CBFF.


Thursday 9/28; 1pm - Majestic Theatre

Saturday 9/30; 10am - Center for the Arts

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If you only see one film at this year's festival, this is it. Sophia is a stirring and visually immersive journey (literally, you cannot take your eyes off of it) into inventor David Hansen's world as he tries to perfect the world's most lifelike A.I. robot, Sophia. And like anything humanoid, things don't always go to plan.


Wednesday 9/27; 7:30pm - Majestic Theatre

Friday, 9/29; 7pm - Majestic Theatre

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Actors Mark Duplass and Sterling K. Brown are the last two humans on earth (because, one of them, frankly, screwed things up.) They live in a domed structure that sustains their lives; they jog in circles, talk Super Mario, and eat the tomatoes they have grown. But as life evolves, are they ready for what life - and evolution - truly ask of them? Buckle up and hold on for a wild ride through the biosphere.


Friday 9/29; 10am - Center for the Arts

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In this Warren Miller-like, ski adventure film, paraplegic athlete Trevor Kennison's life was forever altered by a broken back sustained in the Colorado backcountry. Through years of recovery, Trevor completes the world's first double backflip in a sitz ski, redefining the adventure and growth that such a tragedy can present.


Friday 9/29; 4pm - Center for the Arts

Saturday 9/30; 4pm - Center for the Arts

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A slam dunk: the first ever filmed portrait of the Indigo Girls: witty, brutally honest, musical and beautiful, it reveals the Girls to be not only harmonious in their singing and activism, but in their positivity, openness and inclusivity, the people we all wish we could be. A perfect antidote to the negativity and fear that pervade American media and politics.


Friday 9/29; 1:30pm - Majestic Theatre

Saturday 9/30; 7pm - Majestic Theatre

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Perhaps we all think back to that great love of our life, the one that got away. And what happens when that person happens to show up in the middle of our life, like today, in the place where we live? Come find out if it's past lives that have brought us together or if the life we have right now is what is destined. And get ready for a heartbreaking, five minute closing shot that wraps this incredible love story up.


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