Festival in the Community: Pillar

The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival is proud to expand our film screenings with Festival in the Community, where we host free screenings of select films leading up to the Festival. It’s a chance to sneak a peek before the Festival, plus a great opportunity to introduce your friends to the wonderful and thought-provoking films the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film brings to the Pikes Peak region.

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The following film is presented in partnership with PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning.


Directed by Heather Courtney

In a rural Texas Panhandle town, which has survived oil busts, devastating wildfires, and a diminishing population, a few things have remained constant – cowboys, high school football, conservative voters, and the family-owned weekly newspaper The Canadian Record. Despite editor Laurie Brown’s liberal editorials in one of the most conservative counties in the country, The Record is loved and relied on by the community. But now, an already bad economy has been made much worse by the global pandemic – bad news for a paper that gets 90% of its revenue from advertising.

For The Record follows Laurie, her town, and her newspaper, as she leads a valiant effort to keep it alive. With each day, The Canadian Record grows closer to being one of the 2200 newspapers in the U.S. that have closed since 2005. Out of the 3,000-plus U.S. counties, only half have a local print newspaper of any kind. Social media often replaces the news vacuum, leading to a growing distrust of the news in general. “The fact that journalism is being denounced,” says Laurie, “ and there’s no longer much value being placed on the truth, is just about the scariest thing I’ve ever seen.”

Directed by Ben Proudfoot

The French Laundry, run by legendary chef Thomas Keller, has often been recognized as the best restaurant in the world, but few know the story of its original founder, Sally Schmitt. In an emotional final interview before her passing in March 2022, Sally tells her own story as a pioneering chef of California cuisine and sets the table for another way to look at life: where balance, rather than recognition, is the ultimate prize.


Oct 03 2023


11:00 am - 12:30 pm



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PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning
1710 Briargate Blvd., Suite 847 Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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