Meet Kevin Smith, CEO of Denver Film

Denver Film CEO Kevin Smith
Photo courtesy of Denver Film.

Kevin Smith has main character energy. As the CEO of Denver Film, his plot line goes a little like this: graduate from Michigan State University with a degree in finance, start working on the finance side of the film industry, move to Denver in 2014, become a corporate partner of Denver Film, become interim CEO of Denver Film, drop the interim. If you’re wondering what plot twist led to a finance major with no formal training in film being crowned CEO of Denver’s cinematic climax, his lifelong passion for movies will prove this is the perfect casting. From fond childhood memories of watching black-and-white Shirley Temple moving pictures with his grandfather to viewing niche documentary films at the Sie FilmCenter, Smith values the way movies make us feel and think. He is determined to transform the movie theater into a diverse, inclusive, and art-driven space for the community. He encourages everyone, even first-time film-festival-goers to get tickets to the Denver Film Festival happening Nov. 3–12 at the Sie FilmCenter and select theaters around town. Here, he also offers his recommendations of where to go before and after a film in his City Park neighborhood and beyond.

Dining + Drinks

Favorite coffee shop: Pablo’s Coffee 
Great happy hour: Middleman 
Great spot to catch a game: Stoney’s Uptown Joint 
Quick lunch: El Taco de México 
Great spot for dinner with friends: Sunday Vinyl 
Go-to for weekday breakfast: Fox Run Cafe 
Favorite sushi: Uchi 
Favorite steakhouse: A5 
Favorite hotel bar: Narrative at the Jacquard 
Favorite pizza joint: Blue Pan Pizza 
Favorite deli/sandwiches: Leven Deli Co. 
Favorite cocktail lounge: Forget Me Not 
Favorite place you’ve been for dinner in the last year: Sap Sua 
Favorite outdoor/roofdeck: The Woods 
An underrated/under-the-radar hidden gem: Misfit Snack Bar 
A restaurant you’ve been dying to try: Molotov Kitchen + Cocktails

Around Town

Favorite book store: Tattered Cover 
Favorite park: City Park 
Favorite comedy club: Comedy Works 
Favorite concert venue: Red Rocks Amphitheatre 
Favorite museum/gallery: History Colorado 
Favorite philanthropy/nonprofit: Black Pride Colorado 
Favorite annual event: Dragon Boat Festival 
Favorite weekend getaway: Dillon 
Favorite artisan market: Summer Art Market by Art Students League of Denver 
Favorite farmers market: City Park Farmers Market 

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Last Thoughts

Favorite song: Ready or Not by Fugees 
What is your mantra: We’re all in this together. 
Three words to describe Denver: Creative. Open. Collaborative.