The Denver Film Festival has a pretty good track record. From red carpet galas to the obscure and unique, the annual festival’s 250+ lineup of features and shorts every November always surprises and enchants moviegoers. Some movies are released weeks within the festival. Others trickle forth the following year. Many, sadly, disappear back into the cinematic ether, never to be heard from again.
I’ve been covered DFF for Boulder Weekly for five years now. My inaugural fest as a critic, 2014’s SDFF37 (Starz was the primary sponsor at the time), introduced me to a slew of new filmmakers, none more impressive than Leah Meyerhoff, whose debut feature, I Believe in Unicorns, played in the Women+Film sidebar.
So impressed by Unicorns, I convinced CU-Boulder’s International Film Series director, Pablo Kjølseth, to bring the film to campus. He did the following April (my Boulder Weekly review), and though a vocal few connected with the film, Unicorns failed to draw the audience it deserved and slipped back into obscurity.
So, too, has Meyerhoff’s career. Unicorns is her lone feature. And, according to IMDB, she has not penned a screenplay since. She has a few credits as an executive producer on a series of short films — if memory serves, Meyerhoff mentioned she was teaching film when she introduced the movie back at SDFF37 — but her gaze is sorely missed from the current cinematic scene. You can stream I Believe in Unicorns on Hoopla and TubiTV. Watch it, and you’ll be hungry to see more.