RiNo Art District's Exterior Walls to Come to Life with Short Films in First-Ever “Side Stories” Event: Feb. 21–Mar. 2, from 6–10pm

The RiNo Art District’s buildings will come to life for ten winter nights in Side Stories // RiNo, a large-format outdoor film installation on the urban exterior from Feb. 21-March 2, 2018.

This immersive event will project digital works from ten Colorado artists onto outdoor walls in EastRiNo, creating a walkable art experience through the neighborhood. The Side Stories website will provide an augmented reality, allowing visitors to follow an interactive map and audio tour of the event, complete with historical RiNo highlights and block-by-block suggestions about where to stop for a warm drink and a bite to eat or to shop along the way. A printed version of the installation will also be available. Side Stories is free to the public. Click here for Location Map and Guide!

Each participating artist was matched with a unique exterior wall and received a $5,000 grant to create a site-specific, 3‐5 minute film loop inspired by RiNo’s historic neighborhoods. Film genres include live action, documentary, historical, motion graphics, animation and experimental.

Side Stories supports local artists, enlivens a neighborhood and small businesses during winter evenings, and creates an experience to encounter art while exploring our city,” said Fiona Arnold, president of Mainspring Developers, who had the initial idea for Side Stories. “Our goal is to combine all three elements together in a new way that we hope will be interesting, inspiring and just plain fun.”

Side Stories // RiNo will launch as a partnership between Mainspring Developers; Mary Lester/Martin Family Foundation; RiNo Art District; the Colorado Office of Film, Television, & Media; and the Denver Film Society.

“I'm thrilled to be a part of a project that clearly connects art and community and has such broad appeal,” said Mary Lester. “I look forward to helping make Side Stories a hit this February and in the future.”

Side Stories will have its inaugural event in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood, specifically in EastRiNo, from Broadway to 36th Street and Blake Street to Larimer Street. Visitors are encouraged to bring their smartphones, earphones, and a sense of adventure and come see RiNo in a whole new way.

“It's a priority for us to support different artists and art forms while activating our neighborhood and small business,” said Jamie Licko, president of RiNo Art District. “We're excited to host the first-ever Side Stories!”

Side Stories // RiNo artists include Postmodern, Futuristic Films, Gary Emrich, Ivar Zeile (Denver Digerati), CU Denver Student & Faculty Collaboration, David Zimmer, HaveyPro Cinema, The Made Shop, Mighteor, and Studio Hippo.