2018 is a wrap!

Thank you for a successful 5th annual Go West Film Festival.

We enjoyed 11 films with discussions, 7 original short films, 3 musicians, 2 parties, 1 Colorado photography slideshow, and a whole lot of fun! Enjoy the photos below.

Congratulations to our Shorts Showcase award winners:

BEST OF FEST AWARD The Custer Wolf, directed by Chris Heady

AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARD Teddy Roosevelt and Fracking, directed by Pamela Falkenberg and Jack Cochran

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2018 Film Schedule

SUNDAY EVENING, November 4 - kickoff


Fundraiser &

Shorts Showcase

Tickets $20. Click on button below to purchase in advance or pay at the door.

For your two bits you’ll get admission to a program of short films, a hand or two of poker, live music, good grub and more.

We will be joined by Denver artist Cody Kuehl whose art is featured on this year’s poster and program.

Music performed by Ray Delgado.

Kickoff at 6:00 p.m. Kress Cinema & Lounge, 817 8th Avenue (Shorts Showcase starts at 7:00 p.m.)

Shorts Showcase - Introduced by Rob Walker

Go West Film Festival proudly presents its first program of short films. Chosen from work submitted by contemporary filmmakers from North America and Europe, our selection of shorts celebrates Westerns and the West by showcasing a wide range of talent.

Nine Mile Creek, dir. Ian Bagley, 12 mins. 27 sec.

Our Wild, dir. Benjamin S. Kraushaar, 5 mins.

Only God Forgives, dir. Tino Luciano, 15 mins.

Teddy Roosevelt and Fracking, dir. Pamela Falkenberg & Jack Cochran, 30 mins.

Honeymoon in the West, dir. Laurent Ardoint, 14 mins. 15 sec.

The Custer Wolf, dir. Chris Heady, 9 mins. 44 sec.

Western Jubilee, dir. Donna W. Guthrie & Colin W. Guthrie, 10 mins.


Monday, November 5: high noon

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Red River (1948)

Directed by Howard Hawks, starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift.

NR - 133 mins.

Wayne rides tall as cattle driver Tom Dunson in this dramatic depiction of an iconic Western tradition. Montgomery Clift, in his first movie role, stars as Dunson’s adopted son.

Discussion Leader: Victoria Boone

12:00 noon, Farr Regional Library, 1939 61st Avenue


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Wind River (2017)

Directed by Taylor Sheridan, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.

R - 107 mins.

In Taylor Sheridan’s latest vision of a changing West, a Wyoming wildlife tracker teams up with an FBI agent to solve a murder mystery on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Discussion Leader: Sarah Cornish

7:00 p.m., Kress Cinema & Lounge, 817 8th Avenue


Tuesday, November 6: HIGH NOON

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Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Directed by John Sturges, starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan.

NR - 81 mins.

A one-armed World War II hero steps off the noon train in the desert town of Black Rock and soon learns that its dusty streets hold dark secrets. Landowner Reno Smith wants to keep it that way.

Discussion Leader: David Caldwell

12:00 noon, Farr Regional Library, 1939 61st Avenue


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City Slickers (1991)

Directed by Ron Underwood, starring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance.

PG-13 - 113 mins.

You’ll be smiling in the saddle as three white-collar fans of classic Westerns like Red River try their own hand at driving cattle to Colorado. If John Wayne can do it . . .

Discussion Leaders: Stacey Campbell and Rob Walker

NOTE EARLIER TIME: 6:00 p.m., Farr Regional Library, 1939 61st Avenue


Wednesday, November 7: HIGH NOON

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Tender Mercies (1983)

Directed by Bruce Beresford, starring Robert Duvall and Tess Harper.

PG - 92 mins.

He’s called Mac Sledge, and he’s had a hard life. But the fallen country-western star has learned the value of tenderness. Duvall won an Oscar for his quiet performance in this unusual Texas love tale.

Discussion Leaders: Ron and Thelma Edgerton

12:00 noon, Farr Regional Library, 1939 61st Avenue


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Go West (1925)

Directed by Buster Keaton, starring Buster Keaton.

NR - 68 mins.

Keyboardist and silent film expert Hank Troy provides live accompaniment to unlikely cowboy Buster Keaton, whose strategies for herding cattle are only slightly more effective than herding cats.

Introduced by Hank Troy

7:00 p.m., Kress Cinema & Lounge, 817 8th Avenue


Thursday, November 8: HIGH NOON


Lucky (2017)

Directed by John Carroll Lynch, starring Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch.

NR - 88 mins.

Lucky is a 90-year old denim-clad fixture in a small Western town. His longevity matches the endurance of the surrounding saguaro cactus and his friend’s pet tortoise. Or does it? Stanton’s final performance reminds us we’re lucky he made films.

Discussion Leader: David Caldwell

12:00 noon, Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Avenue



Yojimbo (1961)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshio Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai.

NR - 110 mins.

Kurosawa parallels sake-drinking samurai at the end of Japan’s feudal era with the whiskey-tempered lawlessness of the Old West. Inspired by American Westerns, a gunslinging ronin in Yojimbo even inspired Clint Eastwood’s character in A Fistful of Dollars.

Discussion Leader: Burke Hilsabeck

7:00 p.m., co-hosted by University of Northern Colorado’s International Film Series, Lindou Auditorium, lower level of Michener Library, 14th Avenue and 20th Street (free parking after 5:00 p.m. in L/M lots).


Friday, November 9: HIGH NOON


Meek’s Cutoff (2010)

Directed by Kelly Reichardt, starring Michelle Williams and Bruce Greenwood.

PG - 104 mins.

Wagon trains being guided along the Oregon Trail weren’t supposed to get lost. But it happened. Survival in the unforgiving Western landscape often depended on help from people the settlers preferred to ignore.

Discussion Leader: Khris Gamer

12:00 noon, Farr Regional Library, 1939 61st Avenue


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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006)

Directed by Tommy Lee Jones, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper and Julio Cesar Cedillo. R - 121 mins.

A strange trio, one of whom is dead, embarks on horseback to return the deceased friend to his home village for burial. Jones was nominated for an Oscar for best actor in this tale of life, death, and the harsh realities of the US-Mexico border.

Discussion Leader: Greg Driskill

7:00 p.m., Ed Beaty Hall, Aims Community College, 5401 W. 20th Street



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Colorado: Black on White

A special presentation by photographer John Fielder

This stunning slide show of over 200 Colorado images includes Weld County through the eyes of John Fielder. The visual work is paired with music, stories of life on the trail, and even photo tips.

John will be on hand before and after the show to sell and sign all of his popular Colorado books and calendars.

Join us for complimentary breakfast burritos and coffee while supplies last!

10:00 a.m., Kress Cinema & Lounge, 817 8th Avenue

SATURDAY EVENING, November 10 - wrap-up


The Rider (2017)

Directed by Chloé Zhao, starring Brady Jandreau and Tim Jandreau.

R - 104 mins.

Brady Jandreau, a real-life rodeo rider, is a natural for the role of Brady Blackburn, who is determined to ride broncs, despite the metal plate inserted in his head after his last injury. Chloé Zhao’s near-documentary perspective captures amazing action and profound Western spirit.

Discussion Leaders: Bob & Monica Kahn and Katie Clinebell with Greeley Stampede

7:00 p.m., Kress Cinema & Lounge, 817 8th Avenue

Wrap-Up Party at 6:00 p.m. Appetizers, live music and other surprises!

Music performed by Jeremy Grant.