Colossal Cinematic Showcase 

Sunday, Nov. 12 at Country Club Reel Theatre

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Colossal Cinematic Showcase

The rise of online streaming has been good for independent films, but it has also meant fewer of them open in theaters, so casts and crews may never experience the razzle-dazzle of a movie premiere. The Colossal Cinematic Showcase, a biannual film festival, aims to keep the tradition of big film openings alive by rolling out the red carpet, firing up the projector and screening local films. Now in its second year, the next CCS will be at the Country Club Reel Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 12, and will screen a bundle of short films ranging from two to 20 minutes in length.

Idaho filmmaker and theater director Larry Dennis and actor and theater producer Melina Marx created the Colossal Cinematic Showcase to provide filmmakers—especially the cast and crew and their families—an opportunity to feel like stars.

"Most of the people we work with when we make a movie ... you know, the cast and crew, usually never get to see their work on a big screen," said Dennis. "The films usually end up on the internet or at film festivals somewhere else."

Dennis said the showcase doesn't highlight any particular genre of film, and the 2017 movies range from comedic and heartfelt to weighty and profound. Plus, many of the films feature music by local artists, such as Hollow Wood and Hillfolk Noir.

"We'll have a red carpet and photographer there, too," Dennis added. "People can get a little dressed up and have [their] picture taken.

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