november, 2017

3nov6:46 pm- 8:45 pmFeaturedVigilante: The Incredible True Story of Curtis Sliwa and The Guardian Angels - ScreeningVigilante: The Incredible True Story of Curtis Sliwa and The Guardian Angels6:46 pm - 8:45 pm Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. Event Organized By: Denver Film Society Event TagsColorado,Colorado Film,Denver,Denver Film Festival,Denver Film Society,Sie Film Center,Vigilante: The Incredible True Story of Curtis Sliwa and The Guardian Angels

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In the late 1970s, Curtis Sliwa formed crime-fighting posse the Guardian Angels to rescue New York City, then besieged by outlaws, from precipitous decline. His remarkable story is told in this documentary by director David Wexler, who combines amateur video and television clips, stills and interviews with Sliwa himself to vividly document the Angels, in their familiar T-shirts and red berets, as they deployed to the city’s ravaged streets and transit systems.

Hollywood’s shadow looms over the account. On camera throughout, Sliwa traces his inspiration to vigilante films of the era like Death Wish and Taxi Driver,discussing how the police seized on The Warriors as a way to cast the Angels as yet another gang terrorizing an anxious populace. A riveting storyteller, Sliwa touches on everything from crack cocaine’s devastating impact to his defense of notorious subway shooter Bernhard Goetz to his own attempted assassination by none other than crime boss John Gotti Jr. Vigilante emerges as a forceful tribute to community self-defense—as well as a cautionary exposé of civic authority’s historical resistance to it (as with Antifa today).

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Director David Wexler, subject Curtis Silwa and editor Brad Coleman in attendance

Time

(Friday) 6:46 pm - 8:45 pm

Location

Sie FilmCenter

2510 E. Colfax Ave.

Organizer

Denver Film Societyinfo@denverfilm.org 2510 East Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80206