May 25, 2023 - Things to Do

Local filmmaker Taylor McFadden shoots "Lovers" in Denver

Director Taylor McFadden (at right, in sunglasses) during the filming of "Lovers" in Denver. Photo: Courtesy of Devon Wycoff.

The comment from the movie producer was music to Taylor McFadden's ear: "Only you can direct this."

Context: McFadden, a filmmaker who grew up in Highlands Ranch, had written a movie with a personal connection.

  • It focuses on a woman returning home after a close friend takes their own life — mirroring real-life events for McFadden, who says over a two-year span, she lost multiple friends to suicide and drug addiction.

Details: Called "Lovers," the film is set in Denver, and was shot in the city over the past winter, according to 5280.

Zoom in: Denverites will recognize scenes at the Hi-Dive on South Broadway — McFadden used to work there — and Union Station, as well as other local businesses she said she wanted to showcase.

  • There are also shoots featuring the view from Lookout Mountain.

What they're saying: "What I hope people take away from this film is to just call your friends — we need each other," McFadden tells us.

  • She was also keen to create a film highlighting female friendships, saying she doesn't often see movies showing women supporting and caring for one another.

Zoom out: The movie is in post-production. McFadden tells us she wants it released within the next six to eight months.

  • She's got her fingers crossed for a premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, which she calls a "gem" for Colorado.

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