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SCHEDULE FOR 2008 STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL RELEASED

10/29/2008
2008 Starz Denver Film Festival
by: Elizabeth Alley
Full lineup now available online

DENVER--Oct. 29, 2008--The 2008 Starz Denver Film Festival has announced the schedule for the 11-day event, which will be held Nov. 13-23 and feature 215 films from nearly 30 countries, that boasts the tagline "see the world through new eyes."  In addition to the films, the schedule also features red carpet events, receptions, panel discussions and award presentations.  Most screenings will be held at the Starz FilmCenter at the Tivoli on the Auraria Campus, with special screenings at the King Academic and Performing Arts Center on the Auraria Campus and all red carpet events at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The full schedule is now available at http://www.denverfilm.org/festival/

 

"We have spent the past year assembling a program of films, panels and special events that we believe offers something for everyone: something eye-opening, something moving, something provocative, something new," said Britta Erickson, SDFF director. "And, we are delighted that over 150 filmmakers and industry professionals will join us in Denver for our 11-day cinematic celebration."

 


RED CARPET EVENTS
SDFF 31 kicks off on Nov. 13 with the Opening Night presentation of The Brothers Bloom, the high-spirited, rollicking, rount-the-world misadventure about a pair of con men, from writer/director Rian Johnson (Brick), and featuring a dynamic cast, including Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, and Mark Ruffalo.

 

Big Night, Nov. 15, will feature Slumdog Millionaire, the story of an orphan teenager from the slums of Mumbai whose ace performance on a television game show raises the suspicion of the authorities, who arrest him the night before the final round. But he is given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to tell an investigator about the events that taught him everything he knows.

 

Nov. 22 will mark the 150th birthday for the city of Denver, and residents are invited to celebrate Hollywood style at the Saturday-at-the-Movies screening of The Polar Express. Complete with cupcakes, courtesy of Yum Yum Delights, and face painting, admission to this family-friendly event is free with a donation of a pair of children's pajamas for Denver's Road Home or a toy for Toys for Tots.

The Festival winds down with the screening of the Closing Night film Last Chance Harvey on Nov. 22. Academy Award winners Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson star as the unlikely pair who are slowly learning the answer to the question at heart--could this be their one last chance at romance?


IN COMPETITION

The following awards will be presented during SDFF 31:

The Krzysztof Kieslowski Award

Established in 1989, the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award is presented to a feature-length fiction film that reflects the artistic sensibilities of the late Polish director.  This distinguished award was established under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and in collaboration with the widow of the late director.  Presented by Screen International, the finalists for the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award are: 

The Class (France)
Winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Laurent Cantet's docudrama examines an extraordinary teacher's attempt to quell the culture clashes erupting in a tough French high school-arguably a microcosm of postmillennial France. 

Mommy is at the Hairdresser's (Canada)
As funny as it is sad, as quirky as it is dark, Léa Pool's latest drama unfolds over the course of one long summer. While harboring secrets that threaten to destroy her family, teenaged Élise begins to discover exactly who she is-and who she is becoming. 

Moscow, Belgium (Belgium)
Feisty forty-something mom Matty, whose husband has just left her for one of his students, vents her fury on a young truck driver after they collide in a parking lot--only to find him knocking at her door a few days later, hearts and flowers in mind. 

Rumba (Belgium)
Amnesia, amputation, and attempted suicide become the stuff of laughter throughout this nearly unclassifiable, dark pop-art comedy-in which a ballroom-dancing couple finds their lives turned almost literally upside down after a terrible car accident. 

Terribly Happy (Denmark)
An uptight policeman assigned to a rural outpost discovers the locals favor vigilante justice over the law of the land. This dark comedy-thriller delights with an offbeat style, drawing on noir, horror, and Western genres. 

Tricks (Poland)
In the humdrum quiet of a working-class mining town, a summer of discovery awaits six-year-old Stefek and teenaged Elka in Tricks, Polish director Andrzej Jakimowski's homage to his own older sister.

The Emerging Filmmaker Award

Presented by Fox 31 News, this award is given to a first or second-time director without U.S. distribution who best displays originality, artistic excellence and visual awareness, while maintaining a consistent directorial vision and technical proficiency.  The recipient of this award, who will receive a $2,500 cash prize from the Denver Film Society, will be selected from these finalists:  

Cook County
A visceral study of the methamphetamine plague in rural America, Cook County tells the story of drug manufacturer-slash-addict Bump, whose downward spiral threatens to destroy his family. Can teenaged Abe prevent the seemingly inevitable?

The Eternal City
Suffused with the gentle spirit of postwar Italian cinema, this romantic dramedy follows a twenty-something American through Rome as he searches for love-only to stumble into a love triangle. The Eternal City itself costars in vivid black and white. 

Finally, Lillian and Dan
In the engaging love story Finally, Lillian and Dan, director Mike Gibisser uses the closely observed minutiae of everyday existence to reveal the tantalizingly slow progress two isolated souls make toward connection. 

The New Year Parade
In this unsentimental kitchen-table drama set against the background of the annual Mummers Parade, the divorce of a Philadelphia couple leaves their teenage daughter and twenty-something son grappling with painful doubts about love. 

Sita Sings the Blues
A feminist spoof of the Hindu epic The Ramayana, this delightful animated adventure blends the drama of a modern-day marital split with the ancient saga of the goddess Sita and her husband Rama via an eye-popping mix of visual styles. 

Wellness
Crafted on a less-than-shoestring budget from the improvisations of nonprofessional actors, this American tragedy centers on a Willy Lomanesque salesman who gives everything he's got to a pyramid scheme that ends in his ruin. 

The Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary

Awarded annually by Albert Maysles to a feature-length nonfiction film without U.S. distribution.  This year's winning film will represent the truth and purity of documentary filmmaking as established by the Maysles Brothers. The recipient of this award will also receive a $2,500 cash prize from the Denver Film Society. 

Another Planet
Gorgeously shot over a two-year period on four continents, this documentary is a cinematic tone poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, interlinking the stories of seven children whose lives are mired in exploitation and violence. 

Pressure Cooker
Meet culinary instructor Wilma Stephenson, a cantankerous yet dedicated dynamo whose inner-city high-school students face a long and rocky road to the annual scholarship competition-one that could lead in turn out of Philly and onto dream careers.

Song Sung Blue
A ragged slice of Americana, Song Sung Blue captures the strange, sad trajectory of Lightning, a Neil Diamond impersonator, and his chanteuse wife Thunder--who, following a freak accident, refuse to abandon their dreams, no matter how delusional.

They Killed Sister Dorothy
Via courtroom footage and shockingly candid interviews, Colorado-based filmmaker Daniel Junge (Iron Ladies of Liberia, SDFF 30) chronicles the search for justice following the execution of an activist nun in Brazil and its implications for the future of the rainforest.

War Child
First-time director C. Karim Chrobog documents the life story of Sudanese hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal, once a child soldier who carried an AK-47 at age seven. Now he raps about the horrors of his war-torn homeland, pleading for peace.

Witch Hunt
From Emmy award-winning documentarians Don Hardy and Dana Nachman comes Witch Hunt--a gripping, Kafkaesque, and true account of the breakdown of the American legal system during a high-profile child molestation trial in 1980s California.

Starz People's Choice Award

Festival patrons can vote for their favorite film in the following categories: narrative feature-length fiction, documentary and short-subject.  The winner of the People's Choice Award for Short Film will receive a $1,000 cash prize.


AWARDS

Maria & Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award: Federico Bondi

The Maria & Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award, funded through an endowment from the Anna & John J. Sie Foundation and named after Anna Sie's parents, recognizes emerging Italian filmmakers.  Federico Bondi has been selected as the first recipient of the award and will be on hand for the screening of his film Mar Nero.

Stan Brakhage Vision Award: Carolee Schneemann

The Stan Brakhage Vision Award is presented annually to film artists whose work celebrates Brakhage's courage, boldness, uncompromising integrity and vision.  This year, this award will be presented to Carolee Schneemann, the preeminent multidisciplinary artist, during the program "An Evening with Carolee Schneemann," sponsored by the Denver Art Museum.  The event will include a screening of some of her most provocative and eclectic shorts, including her latest, Infinity Kisses-the Movie.

Excellence in Acting Award: Richard Jenkins

With more than fifty movies to his credit, as well as a role on the highly acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under, Richard Jenkins has portrayed a wide variety of characters over the course of his career: a gay FBI agent (Flirting With Disaster); a bored shrink (There's Something About Mary); and a whole host of strict fathers and cops in films ranging from Snow Falling on Cedars to Me, Myself & Irene. Meanwhile, his star turn as Professor Walter Vale in last year's The Visitor earned him near-universal praise.

Jenkins will be presented with the 2008 Excellence in Acting Award following a clips program featuring highlights from his distinguished career during "An Evening with Richard Jenkins," sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild.


TRIBUTES

Thomas Imbach
The self-proclaimed outsider of the Swiss film scene, which he says helps create the necessary distance for artistic independence, Thomas Imbach is a visionary who consistently takes risks as he moves into uncharted territory and consciously seeks cinematographic challenges.

Imbach will introduce three of his films: I Was a Swiss Banker, Lenz and Happiness Is a Warm Gun

Majid Majidi
Born in 1959, Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi started acting in amateur theater troupes at the age of 14, but developed an interest in cinema after the Islamic Revolution in 1978, he appeared in various films, most notably Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Boycott (1985).  His first feature, Baduk, which he wrote and directed in 1992, was presented during the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and won several awards in Iran. Since then, he has written and directed several films that have received worldwide attention, notably Children of Heaven (1997), which won Best Picture at the Montréal World Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1999 Academy Awards--the only Iranian film to date to get the nod from Oscar.

Majid Majidi will appear at screenings of both The Song of Sparrows and Children of Heaven. 

Wally Pfister, ASC
Wally Pfister, ASC, Academy Award nominee in 2005 and 2006 for his cinematographic work on Batman Begins and The Prestige, will be recognized for his talents in cinematography.  His most recent work, The Dark Knight marked Pfister's fifth collaboration with director Christopher Nolan.  For the film, Pfister and Nolan innovatively used the IMAX format to heighten the audience's experience.  Pfister is still at the dawn of his career and has recently emerged as an in-demand TV commercial director.  

Pfister will be on hand to introduce special screenings of both Laurel Canyon and Insomnia.


SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
During the course of the 11-day celebration, the Starz Denver Film Festival highlights some of this year's best cinematic, Oscar-worthy films with Special Presentations at the King Center.

A Christmas Tale
In Arnaud Desplechin's knowingly wild tragicomedy, three generations of a troubled French family gather at Christmas only to renew old feuds. Catherine Deneuve is the matriarch-in-crisis, Mathieu Amalric the hard-drinking prodigal son.

Two Lovers
Director James Gray (Little Odessa) eschews his usual crime thrillers for a romantic drama in which the misfit son (Joaquin Phoenix) of a Brighton Beach dry cleaner must choose between two beauties (Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw)--no easy task for a manic-depressive. 

Waltz with Bashir
Shot first on video, then recast in haunting animation, Israeli military vet Ari Folman's documentary unfolds as an exorcistic dreamscape in which his old buddies from the 1982 war with Lebanon grapple with posttraumatic stress disorder. 

The Wrestler
Actor Mickey Rourke makes a stunning real-life comeback in this humorous yet deeply poignant drama about the comeback of a pro wrestler who, twenty years into retirement, returns to the ring out of passion for the sport, and the need to fill the void that is his life.


IN MEMORIUM

Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack
Oscar-winning legends Anthony Minghella, who received the Mayor's Career Achievement Award in 2006, and Sydney Pollack, who attended SDFF 22 with the Opening Night screening of Random Hearts, will be fondly remembered with a presentation ofThe Talented Mr. Ripley.  This dark tale of status-seeking, gold-digging and, ultimately, murder, set in 1950s Italy. Minghella directed; Pollack executive produced. 

Paul Newman
SDFF 31 is proud to honor the talent and legacy of Paul Newman with a showcase of three of his finest performances: Nobody's Fool, The Hustler and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.


SPOTLIGHT ON ANIMATION
SDFF 31 recognizes the unique art of animation by featuring some of the world's best animators and will treat audiences to a variety of animating styles: from hand-drawn to claymation to computer generated.

An Evening with Bruce Bickford
Two of Bruce Bickford's animated films will screen in the festival: Prometheus' Garden and CAS'L'. The latter, a silent film, will be accompanied by a live performance from Denver band Bad Luck City.

An Evening with Don Hertzfeldt
Five of brilliantly idiosyncratic animator Don Hertzfeldt's classic shorts will screen in conjunction with the exclusive regional premiere of his brand-new release, I am so proud of you.

Animation Station
This year's Animation Station will include a competition, in which teams of animators will have six hours to create its own film to be judged by the Colorado chapter of the International Animated Film Society for a cash prize, and a workshop, which invites budding animators to explore their own creativity and talents.

Full-Dimensional 2-D
With this collection of 11 short films from some of the world's best talents, it takes only two dimensions to tell these vivid and imaginative stories.

Idiots and Angels
In Idiots and Angels, a masterpiece of cartoon noir, animator Bill Plympton sketches the gradations between allegorical good and evil as a set of angel's wings sprouts from our misanthropic antihero's shoulder blades overnight.

Sita Sings the Blues
A feminist spoof of the Hindu epic The Ramayana, this delightful animated adventure blends the drama of a modern-day marital split with the ancient saga of the goddess Sita and her husband Rama via an eye-popping mix of visual styles.

The Toe Tactic
In her feature debut, Emily Hubley (daughter of pioneer animators Faith and John Hubley) weaves live action and animation into a free-form, cinepoetic narrative of loss and discovery involving a young woman in mourning--and some wisecracking cartoon dogs.

Waltz with Bashir
Shot first on video, then recast in haunting animation, Israeli military vet Ari Folman's documentary unfolds as an exorcistic dreamscape in which his old buddies from the 1982 war with Lebanon grapple with posttraumatic stress disorder. 

The Eternal City
Suffused with the gentle spirit of postwar Italian cinema, this romantic dramedy follows a twenty-something American through Rome as he searches for love--only to stumble into a love triangle. The Eternal City itself costars in vivid black and white. 

Finally, Lillian and Dan
In the engaging love story Finally, Lillian and Dan, director Mike Gibisser uses the closely observed minutiae of everyday existence to reveal the tantalizingly slow progress two isolated souls make toward connection. 

The Guitar
In The Guitar, Amy Redford's first feature, a diagnosis of terminal throat cancer sends meek Melody Wilder (Saffron Burrows) into a frenzy of indulgence, during which she buys herself a classic red Fender guitar--and experiences life for the first time. 

The Lost Coast
The Lost Coast examines the remnants of a love triangle among three old high-school friends who reunite one Halloween night in San Francisco. On a quest to score Ecstasy, they instead confront increasing sexual confusion, guilt and longing. 

Natural Causes
After both a six-day fling and a year-long relationship, a twenty-something tries to make sense of the ephemeral nature of love. Three writer-directors drew from their own painful experiences to develop a nonlinear plot as compelling as their visual style. 

The New Year Parade
In this unsentimental kitchen-table drama set against the background of the annual Mummers Parade, the divorce of a Philadelphia couple leaves their teenage daughter and twenty-something son grappling with painful doubts about love. 

Sex Is No Laughing Matter
Yuri, an art school teacher, initiates an affair with Mirume, a student half her age, in this mischievous study of the affairs of love. When she disappears, Mirume's friend En steps in to drive a narrative that blurs the line between farce and drama. 

Sita Sings the Blues
A feminist spoof of the Hindu epic The Ramayana, this delightful animated adventure blends the drama of a modern-day marital split with the ancient saga of the goddess Sita and her husband Rama via an eye-popping mix of visual styles. 

The Toe Tactic
In her feature debut, Emily Hubley (daughter of pioneer animators Faith and John Hubley) weaves live action and animation into a free-form, cinepoetic narrative of loss and discovery involving a young woman in mourning-and some wisecracking cartoon dogs. 

Wellness
Crafted on a less-than-shoestring budget from the improvisations of nonprofessional actors, this American tragedy centers on a Willy Lomanesque salesman who gives everything he's got to a pyramid scheme that ends in his ruin. 

Wendy and Lucy
An all-but-penniless young woman is on her way to Alaska to make a new life for herself, but when her car breaks down and she loses her dog, her uncertain future looms large. Actress Michelle Williams carries this intimate drama with a superb, nuanced performance. 

Woodpecker
Gently mocking the hoopla surrounding reported sightings of the ivory-billed woodpecker (chronicled more seriously in Lord God Bird, also in this year's festival), this mock-doc follows the desperate quest of a crazed birdwatcher to find the avian legend.


NEW DIRECTORS SHOWCASE
The Starz Denver Film Festival has become known for its focus on Emerging (first and second time) film directors. This year's New Directors Showcase includes animated films, as well as narratives from around the world.

Cook County
A visceral study of the methamphetamine plague in rural America, Cook County tells the story of drug manufacturer-slash-addict Bump, whose downward spiral threatens to destroy his family. Can teenaged Abe prevent the seemingly inevitable?

The Eternal City
Suffused with the gentle spirit of postwar Italian cinema, this romantic dramedy follows a twenty-something American through Rome as he searches for love--only to stumble into a love triangle. The Eternal City itself costars in vivid black and white. 

Finally, Lillian and Dan
In the engaging love story Finally, Lillian and Dan, director Mike Gibisser uses the closely observed minutiae of everyday existence to reveal the tantalizingly slow progress two isolated souls make toward connection. 

The Guitar
In The Guitar, Amy Redford's first feature, a diagnosis of terminal throat cancer sends meek Melody Wilder (Saffron Burrows) into a frenzy of indulgence, during which she buys herself a classic red Fender guitar--and experiences life for the first time. 

The Lost Coast
The Lost Coast examines the remnants of a love triangle among three old high-school friends who reunite one Halloween night in San Francisco. On a quest to score Ecstasy, they instead confront increasing sexual confusion, guilt and longing. 

Natural Causes
After both a six-day fling and a year-long relationship, a twenty-something tries to make sense of the ephemeral nature of love. Three writer-directors drew from their own painful experiences to develop a nonlinear plot as compelling as their visual style. 

The New Year Parade
In this unsentimental kitchen-table drama set against the background of the annual Mummers Parade, the divorce of a Philadelphia couple leaves their teenage daughter and twenty-something son grappling with painful doubts about love. 

Sex Is No Laughing Matter
Yuri, an art school teacher, initiates an affair with Mirume, a student half her age, in this mischievous study of the affairs of love. When she disappears, Mirume's friend En steps in to drive a narrative that blurs the line between farce and drama.

Sita Sings the Blues
A feminist spoof of the Hindu epic The Ramayana, this delightful animated adventure blends the drama of a modern-day marital split with the ancient saga of the goddess Sita and her husband Rama via an eye-popping mix of visual styles. 

The Toe Tactic
In her feature debut, Emily Hubley (daughter of pioneer animators Faith and John Hubley) weaves live action and animation into a free-form, cinepoetic narrative of loss and discovery involving a young woman in mourning-and some wisecracking cartoon dogs. 

Wellness
Crafted on a less-than-shoestring budget from the improvisations of nonprofessional actors, this American tragedy centers on a Willy Lomanesque salesman who gives everything he's got to a pyramid scheme that ends in his ruin. 

Wendy and Lucy
An all-but-penniless young woman is on her way to Alaska to make a new life for herself, but when her car breaks down and she loses her dog, her uncertain future looms large. Actress Michelle Williams carries this intimate drama with a superb, nuanced performance. 

Woodpecker
Gently mocking the hoopla surrounding reported sightings of the ivory-billed woodpecker (chronicled more seriously in Lord God Bird, also in this year's festival), this mock-doc follows the desperate quest of a crazed birdwatcher to find the avian legend. 


SHORTS IN A FEATURE-LENGTH WORLD
SDFF 31 features the following eight themed short film packages: 

Cinemocracy: The Films
In a year of monumental political change, the Denver Film Society and the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs created an opportunity for filmmakers to answer the question "What is Democracy?" 

Faux Mouvements...and Other Excursions
Join us on this excursion into motion itself - as it takes the forms of visual music, animation, and documentary impressionism - with these five experimental shorts from around the world. 

Fear & Dystopia
Colorado Narrative Shorts. 

Full-Dimensional 2-D
A collection of 11 short films in two dimensions from some of the world's best talents. 

Microcosms
These three documentary shorts explore the effects of global-relief efforts: one man's motivation and lifelong passion to improve the lives of women in southern India; performances by puppetry troupes for children in war-torn areas; and the return to Sudan of three young refugees. 

Shades of Gray
It is never, ever simply black or white. 

Unseen Connections
It is what lies between us that makes us real.  

Untold Consequences
No matter what decision you make, what action you take...there are always consequences. 


FIRST LOOK STUDENT FILM SECTION
In 2006, the Denver Post called First Look "arguably the best niche festival in Denver" for its efforts to introduce Rocky Mountain audiences to the great filmmakers of the future by showcasing their early works.  First Look is now part of the Starz Denver Film Festival, and will feature three sections:

Newton's Third  
No one is unconnected in the world of cause and effect. 

Humans  
Here's to our wild and wonderful species. 

Outside the Curriculum             
Lessons of the heart are always the hardest to learn.


PANELS

He/She and Us
Three of this year's festival films deal--directly or indirectly--with the topic of gender-bending: Be Like Others, Prodigal Sons, and Trinidad.  This panel will explore the complexities of sexual identity and preference.  Sponsored by PayReel. 

Women + Film: Africa in Transition
Three festival documentaries focusing on Africa will in turn be the focus of this year's Women + Film panel: Gini Reticker's Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Lisa Merton and Alan Dater's Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, and Sarah Friedland's Thing with No Name.  Sponsored by Barbara Bridges Wildblue Entertainment, PayReel and Caz Matthews. 

Stop The Presses Film + Panel
Manny Mendoza and Mark Birnbaum's documentary Stop the Presses provides the springboard for this panel discussion about the fate of print journalism in deeply troubled economic times. How can newspapers generate revenue as their readerships increasingly turn to the Internet for coverage? How long can organizations operating in the red continue to maintain large staffs of reporters? Are we close to the day when the presses stop for good? The answers to these urgent and challenging questions may determine not only the future of our media but the very stability of our democracy. 

DIY Filmmaking in an Indie Apocalypse
Amid shrieks that the sky is falling on the indie film world, a number of fresh young talents who have quietly gone DIY--making fiercely original films on shoestring budgets without support from industry insiders--gather to discuss their process. 

Deadly Games: Echoes of Columbine
Danny Ledonne--creator of the controversial Super Columbine Massacre RPG! and director of Playing Columbine, a documentary about the game's impact--will be on hand to discuss the relationship between video games and real-world violence with other experts. 

Paul Newman: The Last Movie Star
Award-winning Variety film critic Joe Leydon and Robert Denerstein--former critic for the Rocky Mountain News and the SDFF panel moderator--will discuss Newman's legacy as an actor, movie star, political activist, and entrepreneur. 

The Cell Phone as Theater... and Other Distibution Dilemas
This panel will examine the rapidly changing field of film distribution. Are we on the verge of a technological revolution as the silver screen shrinks to fit our spiffy new telephones? We'll touch all the bases to provide much-needed clarity.


THE WATCHING HOUR
Not for the squeamish, the subtle or the unimaginative, the cult treats of The Watching Hour are too deviant to be shown during prime time.  

Chocolate
Actress Jija Yanin Vismitananda trained for five years to play an autistic girl who learns martial arts by watching a kung fu movie marathon--then sets out to exact revenge upon the criminals who've cheated her mother in this action packed film from Thailand. 

Donkey Punch
Several young Brits commandeer a yacht for a day of drinking, drugging, and, yes, donkey punching. None too soon, the girls must take on the boys in a brutal nautical battle for their lives.  

Eden Log
A man awakens deep in the bottom of a cave with no idea of how he got there or what happened to the dead man next to him. His only means of escape is scrambling back up to the surface-and through a futuristic cemetery-like world called Eden Log. 

His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
The story of Jason Voorhees, the icon of Hollywood horror born of the Friday the 13th series, is complete with interviews from every Jason, the girls that survived him and those who knew him best. 

Not Quite Hollywood
This fast-paced, hilarious doc argues that American exploitation films of the 1970s and 1980s had nothing on their Australian counterparts--which boasted double the gore, triple the sex, and 100 times the fetishistic car chases. 


SDFF MUSIC LOUNGE
At the inaugural Music Lounge, Festival guests will have up-close-and-personal access to Denver's exceptional indie music scene.  Featuring local music from Ian Cooke, The Laylights, Hearts of Palm, and Bad Luck City, among others, the Music Lounge will open its doors at the 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway, November 16 through 19 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


PODCASTS
Festival attendees and movie lovers alike will be able to get free audio and video podcasts, including interviews with filmmakers and virtual access to all panel discussions, which are hosted by noted film critic Robert Denerstein.


SDFF 31 GREEN INITIATIVE
This year's Green Initiative efforts will be evident both inside and outside of the theaters: official Festival receptions and lounges will use 100 percent recyclable and compostable Eco-Products; all Festival merchandise is made from organic or recycled materials and screened with soy-based inks; Festival patrons can reduce waste by recycling and reusing their Festival guides, rather than disposing of them; and vehicles used by Festival transportation staff will be either hybrid or fuel efficient vehicles.

Festival patrons will also be able to donate to the Carbon Offset program at the point of purchase, with the Denver Film Society matching all funds raised.  At the closing of the Festival, Sustainable Travel International will calculate the total carbon footprint created by the Festival.  Donations to the Carbon Offset program will be given to various environmental projects that aid in the reduction of climate-altering activities in other locations to counterbalance the environmental impact of the Festival.

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About Denver Film Society
The Denver Film Society is a membership-based, non-profit cultural institution dedicated to cultivating community and transforming lives through film. Founder in 1978, DFS produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival. The DFS home theatre and cinematic education center, the Stars FilmCenter, presents film programs daily and is Denver's first and only year-round cinemateque, operated in partnership with the University of Colorado Denver's College of Arts & Media, and with support from Starz Entertainment and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. Members of DFS support one-of-a-kind programs reaching more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers in-training each year. 

Starz returns as the Premier Sponsor of the 31st Starz Denver Film Festival. 
 

Associate Sponsors include:  Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, AOR, Barbara Bridges/Wildblue Entertainment, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, CEAVCO Audio Visual, Mike's Camera, OppenheimerFunds.

Supporting Sponsors include: Argonaut Wine & Liquor, Bellco Credit Union, Mike Shaw Saab, POP, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Residence Inn-Denver City Center, Stella Artois, Three Tomatoes Catering, Urban Market Brokerage.   

Patron Sponsors include: Basil Doc's Pizza, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Butler Rents, Courtyard by Marriott, Hotel VQ, Kodak, Landmark Theatres, Laszlo Photo Comedia, PayReel, Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast Inn, RedShift Framing, Rialto Cafe, The Sheraton Denver, Sterling Vineyards, UC Denver Live!, The Westin Tabor Center.
 

Media Sponsors include: Alice 105.9, Burst, 5280 Magazine, The Denver Post, Fox 31, Milkhaus, The Mountain 99.5fm.   

Government Sponsors include: City and County of Denver, Colorado Council on the Arts, Colorado Film Commission, Consulate General of Canada in Denver, Consulate General of Mexico, National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles Film & TV Office-French Embassy, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.   

Festival Friends include: Appaloosa Grille, Aquafina, Art Institute of Colorado, Auraria Higher Education Center/Tivoli Student Union, Contagious Media, Crosspoint, Below, CityGrille, CityPub, Click Salon, Colorado Film Foundation, Crêpes 'n Crêpes, Cucina Colore/Via, Dora's Mexican Restaurant & Lounge, Film Finders, Chris Findlater, Frito-Lay, GOOD, Holland & Hart LLP, Hotel Teatro, Hyatt Regency Denver, Indulgences Etc., Keyline Graphics, LÄRABAR, Caz Matthews, Meadowlark Bar, Meininger Art Supply, Metromode, Darren Nadell, Tina Nida, Nina Henderson Moore/Three Sistahs, Nine75, Novo Coffee, Panasonic Projector Systems Company, Pelican Arts and Animation, Pepsi, Quaker, Post Modern, Melissa Randall, RedLine, SAGIndie, Roshambo Films, Screen International, SONY Professional Products, Sprint, Sputnik, Helen and Gary Stanley, Studio9zero7, South Philly Cheesesteaks, Sustainable Travel International, Tiffany & Co., Tropicana, University of Colorado at Denver- College of Arts & Media, Wahoo's Fish Taco, Wazee Supper Club, Withoutabox, Wystone's World Tea, Yelp, Yum Yums Delights.