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Colorado mounts new film festival

Independence focuses on 1960s to '80s

Colorado is getting another film festival and this time it’ll be a particularly heady experience.

Event, which will unspool for the first edition this September, will take place in Leadville, at a height of 10,260 feet above sea level.

The Independence Film Festival of Colorado will focus on movies inspired by the filmmaking prowess of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, homing in on pics that are inspired by “integrity and a personal vision,” per the organizers.

There will be a main competitive section of 15 to 20 films as well as similar contests for docs, shorts and student films.

Founders and organizers of the four-day event Sept. 6-9 are producer director Lawrence David Foldes and his wife, the actress Victoria Paige Meyerink. It unspools between Telluride and Aspen, and is almost equidistant between the two. Folks could in effect make all three.

Foldes is in Cannes to scout for movies and to get the word out about the event.

Among the other initiatives Foldes and company are working on for the first edition are tributes to Don Knotts and John Landis as well as to Elvis. (Meyerink starred with Presley in “Speedway.”)

British company Entertainment Film Distribution with its toppers Trevor and Nigel Green, now in their 30th year of operation, will receive an award for their achievements on the sales front.

Along with the state film commission of Colorado, the fest will sponsor a scouting tour of the region in the hopes of attracting more location shoots to the region.

Among the fest sidebars:

Cult underground movies, like the ones that inspired Quentin Tarantino to make “Grindhouse,” Foldes said. Selections will unspool in the only remaining drive-in in the Rockies, Foldes added.

Golden Era Classics, which will include “Dr. Zhivago” and “Ryan’s Daughter.”

Gems from foreign fests, which is one reason Foldes is in Cannes.

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