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Sunflower Theater at KSJD - Cortez, Colorado Events Venue

Human Flow ~ Thursday January 10, 7pm

Thursday January 10

Doors open at 6:30pm

Starts at 7pm

Free ($5 Donation requested)


Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

Amazon Studios and Participant Media present, in association with AC Films, Human Flow, a film directed by Ai Weiwei. Human Flow is produced by Ai Weiwei, Chin-Chin Yap and Heino Deckert and executive produced by Andrew Cohen of AC Films with Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media.

A Place At The Table ~ film and discussion ~ Wednesday December 5, 6:30pm



Wednesday December 5

Come for appetizers and cider at 6:30pm

Film starts at 7pm

$10 donations accepted


50 Million Americans—1 in 4 children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides—as they have in the past—that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Bridges
Tom Colicchio
David Beckmann
Joel Berg
Mariana Chilton
Rep. James McGovern

Kristi Jacobson
Lori Silverbush


The film will be followed by a panel discussion on food accessibility impacts Montezuma County and the Four Corners.  Panelists to be announced.

Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World ~ Thursday December 20, 7:30pm

Thursday December 20

Starts at 7:30pm

Doors open at 7pm



The Boat

Infinity is a tough boat

While it is true that infinity was not designed to travel through ice, Infinity is an incredibly tough boat. Infinity was constructed in 1977 in Oakland CA and is believed to be the largest ferrocement yacht ever built, meaning she’s made of metal reinforced concrete and is basically a bunker that floats. Ferrocement, a well tested and long practiced form of boat construction, no longer in fashion due to its downsides of being extremely labor intensive during construction and heavy compared to fiberglass or aluminum, does have properties that make it exceptional for a polar vessel, such as incredible toughness, impact resistance and strength in any temperature. In the Ross Sea Infinity made impact with a large number of icebergs without so much as a scratch. Infinity is also an environmentally friendly boat, as she is not only propelled by the power of the wind, but gets her electricity from a very large solar panel array on her roof, which is stored in batteries for power at night.


The Crew


The Filmmaker


The Sunflower Troupe presents 37 Postcards ~ December 13, 14, 15, 16

The Sunflower Theatre Troupe


Directed by Peggy Tennyson


Evelyn Sutton………….Deb Feltman

Aunt Ester………….…….Kim Welty

Avery Sutton……….….James Ayers

Gillian Moore…………Amanda Sturman

Nana…………………….…Susa Kelley

Stanford P. Sutton….Cap Allen


Assistant  Director / Photographer….. Jodi Jahrling

Costumes………………………………………….Marie Chiarizia, Elizabeth Dickey

Set Design and Build…………………………Wray Boswell,  Marie Chiarizia, Elizabeth Dickey

Tech …………………………………………..…….Brian Weber


December 13, 14, and 15 ~ 7:30pm

December 16 ~ 2pm


$15 online / $18 at the door


  After years of traveling abroad, Avery Sutton is happy to return to the comfort of his home in Connecticut. Unfortunately, almost nothing is as he remembered it. The entire house is tilted at a distinct angle, the dog hasn’t been fed in five years, and Avery’s Grandmother, who everyone thought was dead, is still alive and kicking. Forced to either accept the oddities of his family, or leave them behind, 37 Postcards suggests that you can, in fact, go home again… You just never know what you’re going to find.

Contains adult content.


Fake News: Political Cartoons ~ Saturday December 8, 7:30pm

KSJD and The Sunflower Theatre




Saturday December 8

Doors open at 7pm / Starts at 7:30pm

$10 online and at the door


Political cartoonists challenge the government, question societal norms, and contribute to public discussion. They may show the public instances of injustice and help society to understand our own roles and responsibilities within the community. Yet, cartoonists are facing significant challenges in modern society. As the newspaper industry has struggled financially, fewer news organizations have continued to maintain a staff cartoonist. The shootings at France’s satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo served as a reminder of the dangers that cartoonists can face if they publish controversial cartoons.  What is the extent to which political cartoons contribute to the public discourse and how can we safeguard their role on the national stage as upholders of justice?  We asked two of them to come and talk about it.

Ricardo Cate

Ricardo Caté of Santo Domingo Pueblo is the most prominent Native American cartoonist working today. His immensely popular cartoon “Without Reservations” is published daily in the Santa Fe New Mexican and Taos News, and explores the irony and poignant humor found in the Native American experience of living in dominant culture.

Caté is the only Native American cartoonist whose work is carried by a daily mainstream newspaper. Many of his comics are included in his extraordinary book, Without Reservations: The Cartoons of Ricardo Caté.

In addition to being a cartoonist, Caté is also an activist, stand-up comedian, writer, teacher, veteran, former college athlete, tribal official, four-time Dakota Access Pipeline protester at Standing Rock, and filmmaker.

This interview is extracted from FORBES magazine and was written by Lois Alter Mark earlier this year.

Why were you attracted to cartoons as a way to get your message across?

I found cartooning to be the best way to get my point across because I, along with many other kids back then, struggled with English as our second language.

Do cartoons offer a means of expression that other outlets don’t?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so yes, cartoons definitely make it easier to get my point across for my readers.

What was the first cartoon you drew?

The first cartoon I ever drew wound up in our school’s newsletter back in 7th grade. It was simply one of my friends, who played basketball, standing at the free throw line and everyone is yelling at him to shoot the ball as he cries out, “Don’t yell at me!” Pretty lame, right? But I was 12 and that was funny to me.

Was it hard to convince the Santa Fe New Mexican to give you a column?

I originally walked into the Santa Fe New Mexican newsroom to ask if they needed any freelance writers because I loved to write. They said no and as an afterthought I asked if they would check out my cartoons because I had my drawing pad with me. This was spring of 2006. They explained that I had to go through a syndicate in Florida, which sent the plate that the cartoon page was on. I explained that I was standing before them with my drawings and asked why did I have to go all the way to Florida? They were like, “Look, I told you — you have to go to Florida.” This went on, back and forth, for ten minutes until finally she said “Ok, let me see them.” She read the nine I had with me and laughed and within minutes several people were in there laughing and she said, “We HAVE to have this in the paper.” The rest is history.

“Someday” by Ricardo Cate

Were there other Native American cartoonists in other newspapers then?

I didn’t know of any other Native cartoonists at that time, no.

You’ve been drawing “Without Reservations” since 2006. How have the cartoons changed over time?

I’ve “tweaked” the cartoons a bit by 1) Drawing fewer “inside jokes” that only Native people would understand, and making them more universal. 2) Developing my two main characters, The Chief and The General, so that each basically represents the culture they come from, and 3) Getting rid of my characters’ eyes because I found it easier to have them express themselves that way.

How have readers’ reactions changed?

Initially, I got a bunch of hate mail. Readers wrote that the cartoon was racist, it wasn’t well-drawn, it wasn’t funny, etc. I wrote back to every single one, explaining that I was Native and that this cartoon was based on how I see the world as a Native. They responded with, “Oh, you’re Native? Well, that’s okay then.”

What is your goal as a Native American cartoonist? Do you feel a responsibility to represent all Native Americans?

I don’t feel I should be responsible and represent all Natives because each tribe is different with its own history. I think mainstream America often depicts us as one even though there were well over 1000 tribes before the Europeans came. I base my cartoons on my knowledge of other tribes as well as my own. I try to “educate” my readers about certain tribes and certain dates in Native American history that should have been told already.

“Still Here” by Ricardo Cate

Shan Wells

Shan Wells is a North American sculptor and political illustrator. Wells illustrates a weekly political cartoon for the Durango Telegraph. His illustrations and editorial cartoons are syndicated worldwide with Artizans, and he is a blogger for the Huffington Post.



Durango Telegraph, November 8, 2018

Wells is an artist and professor of art at Fort Lewis College. He attended Art Center College of Design in California and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where he studied under Andrew Drummond. He is the recipient of: a 2003 Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship- Sculpture, a 2002 Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art Biennial Award, 2000 Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship-Drawing and a 1999 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant.

The Lay of Land ~ Public Discussion ~ Wednesday November 28, 7pm

Hosted by Conservation Colorado

Wednesday November 28

Doors open at 6:30pm / Starts at 7pm



Join us for an informative discussion as we take a deep dive into the current “lay of the land” of the new opportunities and threats as a result of the 2018 elections. Please come early to have some food and get a beverage before we start, and come with your questions!

Confirmed panelists include:
— Scott Braden, Public Lands Advocate, Conservation Colorado
— Sam Mix, Osprey Packs
— MB McAfee, former candidate for Montezuma County Commissioner

-Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, former councilwoman of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and former co-chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition


SPONSOR: Osprey Packs

Heavy appetizers donated by The Farm Bistro, The Pie Maker, and Stonefish Sushi.

Our mission is to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policymakers.

Protecting our environment means preserving what we love about Colorado. Our stunning mountains, open vistas, and rushing rivers inspire us and connect us to the majesty of nature. Unfortunately, our amazing state faces grave threats. Powerful interests are constantly pushing to put pollution and profit over public health. We are at the front lines of every fight working to protect the air, land, water, and people across our state.
For over 50 years, we’ve worked with communities statewide to ensure that our quality of life and our environment are protected. We work to elect pro-conservation leaders to public office and then hold our decision makers accountable to move Colorado forward in protecting our environment.

Forged from the history and accomplishments of the Colorado Environmental Coalition and Colorado Conservation Voters, Conservation Colorado is the next chapter in protecting Colorado’s natural heritage.

Raven Narratives ~ Family ~ Friday November 30

returns to the

Sunflower Theatre

for a live storytelling slam on



Willing storytellers from the audience tell 6-8 minutes stories on the topic.



$15 general admission / $13 seniors and students

Purchase at


Prince Caspian : Return to Narnia ~ Children’s Play ~ Saturday December 1, 1pm & 3pm

The Cortez Public Library presents

Saturday December 1

Two performances ~ 1pm and 3pm



C.S. Lewis’ classic, Prince Caspian, finds the four Pevensie siblings Lucy, Edmund, Peter, and Susan pulled back into the land of Narnia.  There, a thousand years have passed since they last visited. The children are once again enlisted to join the colorful creatures and inhabitants of Narnia in combating an evil villain who prevents the rightful Prince Caspian from ruling the land. Through this story, we hope to encourage children to stand up for what is right and to help those around them.

Contact the Cortez Public Library  at 970-565-8117 for more information.

Volkswagen presents Warren Miller’s Face of Winter – Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2

Saturday December 1 ~ 7pm

Sunday December 2 ~ 7pm

Tickets are $12 online / $15 at the door


This winter, continue the legacy as we pay tribute to the godfather of skiing in Volkswagen presents Warren Miller’s Face of Winter, the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment.  Visit some of Warren’s favorite locations, from Engleberg to Chamonix, British Colombia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Washington, and more.  Watch as world-class athletes like Jessie Diggins, Anna Segal, Dash Longe, Forrest Jillson, Amie Engerbretson, Seth Wescott, Jim Ryan and others carve down the faces of remote mountain ranges and pursue the thrills of a life lived in high places.  Explore for more.

Far Out ~ Benefit for Friends of the San Juans ~ Thursday November 15, 7pm

will be holding a benefit to support Avalanche Education Programs

Thursday November 15

Doors open at 6pm

Film starts at 7pm


There will be a raffle, prizes, giveaways and lots of winter stoke!

Tickets are $10 at