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Funny Business: Documentary Film Series

Not since Garbo laughed in the film, Ninotchka, has so much been done by one American to make a Russian laugh -- according to the documentary film, Exporting Raymond. Denver Public Library Film Series kicks off its 8th annual documentary showcase this Tuesday.

Denver Public Library’s Film Series has put together a mini-collection of docs that explores the world of comedy entertainment. Documentary films are often funny accidentally. These are no exception – but they also chronicle the world of professional comedy and comedy writing. It’s serious fun to watch other people try to be funny, with varying levels of success!

Movies, Crafts, and Scandals!

Movies and the Meaning of Life

Ready for another Fresh City Life My Branch program? Get involved this week!

Local author Wayne Omura discusses his book Movies and the Meaning of Life: The Most Profound Films in Cinematic History on Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Saturday, April 20 brings many opportunities for crafting, learning, and cooking:

Gardening & Denver History, All Wrapped Up...

Lawrence Halprin's Skyline Park

Want to experience a piece of Denver history, get inspiration for your garden, or express your creativity? Look no further than a Fresh City Life My Branch program!

Here are your choices for Saturday, April 13:

At 11 a.m., volunteers from the Fairmount Heritage Foundation present The Civil War at Riverside Cemetery at the Sam Gary Branch. Riverside is home to more than 1,200 Civil War veterans, including three Medal of Honor recipients, soldiers who fought with the "Colored Troops," and even some Confederates. Come learn some of their stories!

CHANGING MOVIES IN THE MIDDLE OF A STREAM

David and Jackie Siegel

Feature films are supposed to be entertaining, while documentaries present us with grim reality. But the best documentaries often introduce us to extraordinary and intriguing people -- and sometimes go places even the filmmakers didn't anticipate. Here are some documentaries with a few unexpected twists.

Watching a movie doesn't usually make me want to fill up my car with items for the Goodwill, unless that movie is The Queen of Versailles. Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield started out wanting to tell the story of billionaire David Siegel and buxom third wife Jackie's quest to build the largest and most expensive house in the country. In the middle of filming, though, the housing crisis nearly wiped out Siegel and his predatory timeshare business.

Swing Into the New Year with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Movies and the Meaning of Life

Are you ready to start 2013 with some new skills or some new thoughts? Break out of your routine and into the new year with a Fresh City Life My Branch class!

Here are the offerings for Saturday, January 5:

UpCycle: Men's Shirts--get creative and create something new out of something old! Bring your own shirts, or use ones that we provide. So many possibilities that there will be a second session on January 19! 10 a.m. at Schlessman Family. Please register: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Almost Midnight: Camp, Cult SciFi Classics

Michael York, Farrah Fawcett and Jenny Agutter in Logan's Run

Our 10th Anniversary Film Series celebrates five Science Fiction gems. These films have a fan following and those elusive qualities that have moved them into cult status – suitable for a midnight film showing. Well, in our case, almost midnight. 

What is it about these films that draw us back to them again and again? Is it the built in self-effacing humor of these movies – that they seem to be in on the joke? Is it the absurdity of the plot lines, or the over-the-top sets and costumes? Is it the broad, scene-stealing acting? Could it be that underneath their flash there is also substance? We think the answer is yes, all of the above – but join us and our host, film screenwriter and film professor, Darren Foster as he takes us where no man has ever gone before – at least not with a straight face anyway.

Fresh City Life My Branch This Week--Grow Your Mind!

How do you want to grow your mind this week? By sharing your love of books with other readers? Learning about the Civil War? How about a cooking class? We have that and more with Fresh City Life My Branch.

Feed your mind AND your body by learning how to cook with all the wonderful bounty available at this time of year in Cooking from the Farmer's Market on Tuesday, September 11 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Monica Kadillak will inspire you with ideas for all those fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs that are plentiful at the farmer's market or in your own garden! Recipes and samples included.

Feeling Crafty? How About Wizardly?

Whether you like to make things by hand or craft spells a la Harry Potter, Fresh City Life My Branch has an event for you on Saturday, August 4!

Start your day with Fun in the Sun T-Shirt Embellishing at 10 a.m. at Schlessman. Bring your own t-shirt, and be amazed by the transformation it will undergo! Show off your summery new look later! Please register: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

5 Great Zombie Movies

In honor of Zombie Appreciation Month, here are some amazing zombie movies. We may have an entire year to wait before the movie adaptation of World War Z is unleashed, but these should help pass the time until then. Keep them on hand in your bunker.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Director George Romero is the granddaddy of the classic school of slow, creeping, persistent zombies. Although some of his later “Dead” movies are arguably superior in quality, this is the one that started it all. It deserves your undying respect.

Learn Something New by Watching these Great Documentaries

Marwencol

If you're like me, you love learning about new ideas and people by watching documentaries. I'll admit it, I am a documentary nut! Here are just a few of the documentaries that I have seen lately that I think are noteworthy.

Marwencol is about a man who is brutally attacked outside of a bar and suffered severe brain damage. Unable to afford therapy, he builds a scale model World War II-era town called Marwencol, where he lives out his fantasy life. When I was watching this documentary, I couldn't help but feel how real the movie felt. Many times, when I watch documentaries about people, I feel that they sugar-coat the darker side of peoples' lives.

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