Monica Castillo is the arts and culture reporter for Colorado Public Radio.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in sociology, Boston University; Master’s degree in Specialized Journalism (Arts), University of Southern California. Monica was USC’s first film critic fellow.

Professional Background: Monica joined CPR in 2020. Prior to joining public radio, Monica was a freelance reporter and film critic whose writing appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, NBC News, NPR, RogerEbert.com, The A.V. Club, The Wrap, Vulture, Elle Magazine, Marie Claire, among others.

Achievements: Monica served as the region 2 director and the New York City chapter president for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is a member of NAHJ and the Critics Choice Association. Previously, she co-founded the Boston Online Film Critics Association and volunteered as a mentor in the Online News Association student newsroom.

The festival is showcasing over 80 features and 50 shorts with online and drive-in events from Oct. 22 through Nov. 8.
A snapshot from one of Denver Film’s Red Rocks summer drive-in screening.A snapshot from one of Denver Film’s Red Rocks summer drive-in screening.