The Denver Film Society has created the Ambassadors Program to recognize some of the extraordinary individuals and/or their organizations who have advocated for DFS' and its vision of cultivating community and transforming lives through film. The Denver Film Society is very proud that these special people have chosen to publicly support our organization.
DENVER FILM SOCIETY AMBASSADORS
Tom Bower's career spans motion pictures, television and theatre. A busy character actor, he has appeared in more than 60 feature films, but is perhaps most recognized for his role as Marvin, the janitor who helps John McClane defeat the terrorists, in the blockbuster "Die Hard 2."
Bower’s additional film credits include “Out of the Furnace,” "Crazy Heart," "Garner, Iowa," "In Embryo," "Cantuckee," "Stars," "Angry Little God," "As You Like It,” "The Killer Inside Me," "Appaloosa," "The Hills Have Eyes," "North Country," "The Badge," "High Crimes," "The Laramie Project," "Hearts in Atlantis," "The Million Dollar Hotel," "The Negotiator," "Nixon," "Georgia," "Clear and Present Danger," "Raising Cain," "True Believer," "Distant Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II."
Opera Colorado- Lifetime Honorary Chairman of the Board
Graland Country Day School- Life Trustee
Metropolitan Opera of New York City-Board member
University of Colorado Foundation-Board member
Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Foundation-former board member
Robert Clasen is a retired Media and Entertainment executive whose career has included President and CEO of Comcast Cable and later Comcast International, CEO of Starz Entertainment, Division President at McCaw Cellular, and Executive VP of US Operations for Rogers Communications. Currently he serves as Chairman of the Colorado Creative Industries Council.
Mr. Axel Cruau took his post as Consul General of France in September 2012, with jurisdiction over the southwestern United States, including Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Before this assignment, Mr. Cruau was an adviser to the French Foreign Minister, with a portfolio including the United Nations and Global Affairs. He was Second Counselor in Beijing in 2009 and 2010, advising for strategic affairs and the foreign policy of China. He was First Secretary at the French Permanent Mission to the United Nations for five years, where he was first Press Counselor and then in charge of strategic affairs.
Donna Dewey is an Academy Award winning filmmaker who has been writing, producing and directing documentaries, commercials and theatrical films for over twenty years. Ms. Dewey's documentary, A Story of Healing, filmed in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. In addition, her films have won top prizes at Tribeca in New York, SXSW in Austin, Edinburgh, Warsaw, Jacksonville, Aspen and many others.
She was named 2000 Colorado Businesswoman of the Year, is a 2004 Girl Scout Woman of Distinction, has served on the Colorado Governor's Film Commission Advisory Board, and was appointed by then Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to serve as Chair of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs.
Jeffrey Donovan has appeared in numerous Oscar nominated Films, Emmy nominated TV, as well as Tony Award winning Broadway shows. He starred in the hugely successful Burn Notice for 7 Seasons and will appear in the upcoming films "Welcome to Harmony" and "Sicario" as well as the 2nd Season of "Fargo". He's on the Board of Directors for the Family Reach Foundation. He currently resides in Colorado with his wife and children.
A distinguished leader within the Denver business and Hispanic communities and an accomplished businessman, Zee Ferrufino embodies the spirit of the "American Dream."Throughout his distinguished career as an entrepreneur, Zee Ferrufino has played a leading role within the community. He owned his first business, Denver Fine Furniture, for more than 25 years. During that time Mr. Ferrufino continued to add additional businesses interests such as Denver Music Distributing and Colorado Latin Promotions to his portfolio. As owner and CEO of KNBO Spanish Radio 1280-AM in Denver, he is able to reach out to more than 500,000 Hispanics in the greater Metro Denver area. He also owns 1490-AM in Colorado Springs and 1480-AM in Pueblo.
President and CEO, Liberty Global
A 28-year veteran of the cable and media industry, Mike Fries has been President and CEO of Liberty Global since 2005. Under his leadership, Liberty Global has grown into the largest international cable company in the world. Mr. Fries was a founding member of the management team which launched the company's international expansion over two decades ago, and has served in various strategic and operating capacities since that time. He sits on the board of Liberty Global, CableLabs® and the Cable Center, is a Cable Television Pioneer and an active Telecom Governor of the World Economic Forum. He was named Communications Executive of the Year (2010) by Communications Technology Professionals, U.S. National Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications (2012) by Ernst & Young, Industry Leader of the Year (2010, 2013) by Digital TV Europe, and honored by 5280 Magazine's Top of the Town Awards, Reader's Choice as Top Humanitarian (2013).
Daniel Junge is an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker (and two-time nominee). His first feature-length film, CHIEFS, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS. His subsequent feature, IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and aired on over 50 broadcasters worldwide including PBS and the BBC. THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY, his third feature film, won the Audience and Grand Jury Prizes at the South by Southwest Film Festival before broadcasting on HBO and earning a 2010 Emmy nomination for Best Investigative Journalism. Junge's film THE LAST CAMPAIGN OF GOVERNOR BOOTH GARDNER was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 2010. His most recent film, SAVING FACE, won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
Jérôme Pischella has been Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate of Canada in Denver, Colorado since July 2014, overseeing Canadian interests in Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Wyoming and Montana. Jérôme has over 17 years of experience working with Canadian exporters and innovators. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, he worked for 7 years with Export Development Canada, most notably as a Small Business specialist. Jérôme holds a BA in International Commerce from ESCM (Poitiers, France) and a MA in International Business Analysis from Leicester University, UK.
AnnaSophia currently stars as the young Carrie Bradshaw in the CW's The Carrie Diaries, based on the novel by Candace Bushnell. The series, now in its second season, is a prequel to Sex and the City, and follows the character of Carrie Bradshaw during her high school years as she ventures to New York City to become a writer in the 1980s. Robb has previously starred in such films including The Space Between, Race To Witch Mountain, Jumper, The Reaping, A West Texas Children's Story, Because of Winn Dixie, Spy School and the highly rated TV movie Samantha: An American Girl Holiday.
Revered for her stand-out performances in the films Soul Surfer, Bridge to Terabithia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sleepwalking, Robb has performed under the tutelage of directors Tim Burton, Doug Liman, Stephen Hopkins and Wayne Wang. She most recently co-starred in the motion picture The Way, Way Back with Steve Carell and Toni Collette, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will next be seen on the big screen in Khumba, set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In May 2011, Donald Zuckerman was appointed Director of Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media by Governor John Hickenlooper. In 2011, Donald Zuckerman executive produced Freaky Deaky, based upon the Elmore Leonard novel, as adapted and directed by Charlie Matthau. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2009, Donald Zuckerman executive produced Casino Jack, directed by George Hickenlooper, and starring Kevin Spacey, Kelly Preston, Barry Pepper and Jon Lovitz. The film was released theatrically by ATO Pictures, with home entertainment handled by Fox. In 2008, Donald Zuckerman produced Beer for My Horses, directed by Michael Salomon, and starring Toby Keith, Rodney Carrington, Claire Forlani and Tom Skerritt. Roadside Attractions released the film in theaters, and Lionsgate has foreign sales.