Once relegated to one week in February, the Durango Independent Film Festival quickly is establishing a year-round presence in town.The latest and most timely example is this weekend's screening of the 1969 hippie classic "Easy Rider" at the Durango Arts Center. Not only is the film celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the timing eerily coincides with the Labor Day Weekend festivities, which are expected to again draw thousands of motorcycle-riding revelry seekers to downtown Durango.
"We have a lot of 40th anniversaries this year - Woodstock, the moon landing and 'Easy Rider' - what a way to define a time," said Joanie Fraughton, executive director of the film festival.
"And we thought it would be great to share it with all the bikers coming to town, too. We've thought about if for years, and it goes perfectly with the rally," she said.
Fraughton said the festival hopes to make a few dollars after licensing and rental of the DAC is factored in, but the film is one of many classics with which she's planning to fill out the calendar until next year's event.
In the meantime, cinephiles can get their fix at The Irish Embassy, where films from past years will be shown every Wednesday in September:Wednesday: A selection of 2008 and 2009 shorts.
Sept. 16: "An Unlikely Weapon," a documentary from the 2009 festival.
Sept. 23: "Chronic Town," a narrative feature from the 2009 festival.
All of the films selected are recommended for adult audiences and will be shown in the downstairs pub. Proceeds from the Irish Embassy screenings also will benefit the 2010 Durango Independent Film Festival.