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Mancos Opera House
Mancos, CO
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Mancos DocFest
Join us at the 1st Annual Mancos Docfest!

A documentary film festival showcasing global to local films with the theme of BELONGING: to a place, to each other and to ourselves. ALSO:Featuring a documentary film short on Mancos!

Friday, October 12th 7-9 pm
Saturday, October 13th: 1-3 pm, 4-6 pm, 7 - 9 pm
Location: Mancos Opera House - 136 West Grand Avenue, Mancos, CO 81328


FRIDAY, OCT. 12th, 7 PM

In Ace and the Desert Dog, (9 min) a short film from Brendan Leonard and Forest Woodward, Ace Kvale and his dog Genghis Khan set out on a 60-day, off-trail backpacking trip for Aces 60th birthday.

Unbranded, (105 min) a feature film by Phill Baribeau, Korey Kaczmarek, Dennis Aig, and Cindy Meehl, follows four men and sixteen mustangs on an epic 3,000-mile journey from Mexico to Canada through the American West to inspire adoptions for the 50,000 wild horses and burros in government captivity. The trip becomes an epic journey of self-discovery, tested friendships, and iconic landscapes that included runaway horses, a sassy donkey, perilous mountain passes, rodeos, sickness, injury, and death. Audience Award winner at Telluride Mountainfilm and Hot Docs Film Festival.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13th, 1 pm

Mancos Homegrown (15 min) is directed by John Sheedy. Mancos, Colorado is a one-stoplight town where they say the West Still Lives.  Mancos Homegrown shares five diverse stories from this small town that is rich with activity, life, and history. The film is produced in partnership with the Mancos Creative Districts #weallbelong Arts in Society grant.

A New View of the Moon (4 min) From filmmakers Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet. Wylie was hanging out in his L.A. apartment one night and, out of boredom, decided to take his high-powered telescope out to the street to peer at the moon. A New View of the Moon is just the reminder we need to keep looking up.

Tashi and the Monk, (40 min) from filmmakers Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke, portrays a brave social experiment taking place on a remote mountaintop. Buddhist Monk Lobsang, trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but left behind a life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children. Five year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and her alcoholic father has abandoned her. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Lobsang has channeled his own unhappy childhood into an opportunity for other uninvited guests of the universe to avoid a similar fate. But can the communitys love and compassion transform Tashis alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend?


The Love Competition (15 min) Filmmaker Brent Hoff teamed up with Stanford University's Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging to investigate the neurochemical nature of love, with a competitive twist. The beauty lies in how sincerely the research subjects tackle the task at hand. They share the stories of their greatest loves in amazingly heartfelt on-camera interviews. From a 10-year-old kid to a couple that has been happily married for over 50 years, everyone describes love (or lack of it) differently. For some, their time in the fMRI scanner has a transformative effect. In the end it isn't really about winning anyway.

Becoming Bulletproof (82 min) by Michael Barnett, Theodore James, and Derek Boonstra, documents the making of an original Western film called, Bulletproof. Bulletproof features actors with and without disabilities who meet every year at Zeno Mountain Farm (ZMF) to write, produce, and star in original short films. Founded by two brothers and their wives, Zeno Mountain Farm's philosophy is to create a truly inclusive community that builds genuine friendships that transcend stigma and stereotypes. For them, their films aren't about making a statement; "Its all about making awesome movies." As one of the actors says: I do not want pity because I have a disability, I just want to be understood. I want disability to have a seat at the table in pop culture.

Period. End of Sentence (25 min) a short film by Raykia Zehtabchi. In an effort to improve feminine hygiene, a machine that creates low-cost biodegradable sanitary pads is installed in a rural village in Northern India.

Soufra (73 min) by filmmakers Thomas Morgan, Susan Sarandon, and Kathleen Glynn, follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar  a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, Soufra, and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home.

Rosas Sanctuary (2 min 30 sec preview) Directed by John Sheedy, 2018. Rosa Sabido has been in sanctuary in the Methodist Church in Mancos, Colorado for over a year.  While she proceeds with her legal process to stay in the U.S., Rosa shares her cooking with the community, and works towards her dream of publishing a sanctuary cookbook. The film is being produced in partnership with the Mancos Creative Districts #weallbelong Arts in Society grant.

The Montezuma School to Farm Project will be providing drinks/snacks for purchase at Mancos Opera House during programming.

The public is invited to fireside chats between film programs at Fenceline Cidery or Mancos Brewing Company.

Pre-purchase tickets at Zuma Natural Foods in Mancos or Marias Bookshop in Durango or HERE at

Pre-sale Tickets: $10 per 2-hour program or $35 for Four Punch Pass (will get you into all films)
At the Door: $12 per 2-hour program or $40 for Four Punch Pass (can be used to get multiple people into one 2-hour film program or one person into 4 2-hour film programs)

More info at

Thank you to our sponsors! Ballantine Communications Inc., Athena Communications, Mancos Creative District, Mancos Valley Resources, Southwest Printing/Brand Central, and The Mac Ranch


Mancos Opera House (View)
136 W. Grand Ave.
Mancos, CO 81328
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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