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2008 Starz Denver Film Festival
by: Elizabeth Alley
DENVER--Nov. 5, 2008--The Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) has announced that Bill Pullman will receive the Festival's John Cassavetes Award on Nov. 23, at the screening of his new film Surveillance.  Pullman will also be a special guest at the Mayor's reception on Nov. 22.
The John Cassavetes Award was established in 1989 in collaboration with Gena Rowlands, his widow.  It is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the world of filmmaking and whose work reflects the spirit of the late John Cassavetes.  The first recipient of this award was Steven Soderbergh and recent recipients include Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, William H. Macy, Kevin Bacon and Tim Robbins.
In Surveillance, filmmaker Jennifer Chambers Lynch--the daughter of auteur David Lynch, who serves on this film as executive producer--spins a starkly sinister yarn about two FBI agents (Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond) interrogating three survivors of a brutal mass murder-all of whom harbor their own dark secrets.  The film will be included in The Watching Hour, the program of alternative films and soon-to-be cult classics featured at SDFF 31.
"From playing such diverse roles as President Whitmore in Independence Day to his part in David Lynch's Lost Highway to his turn in Rick (SDFF 26), Bill Pullman is known as one of cinema's most interesting actors," said Britta Erickson, SDFF director.  "We are proud to host him at this year's Starz Denver Film Festival and to present him with this prestigious award."

The Starz Denver Film Festival will run Nov. 13-23 and will feature nearly 175 films representing the work of filmmakers from all corners of the globe.  More than 150 film artists will be in attendance to introduce their works to enthusiastic Festival audiences. 

All regular screenings will take place at the Starz FilmCenter at the Tivoli on the Auraria Campus, the home for the Denver Film Society.  Opening Night (Nov. 13), Big Night (Nov. 15), Saturday-at-the-Movies (Nov. 22) and Closing Night (Nov. 22) will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.  Special screenings will be shown in the King Academic and Performing Arts Center on the Auraria Campus. 

For the Festival schedule, ticket information or more information about SDFF 31, visit


The Starz FilmCenter is RTD-accessible. Bus routes 2, 12 and 15 all stop at the Tivoli; Light Rail lines C and E make nearby stops at Union Station, Pepsi Center/Six Flags Elitch Gardens, Invesco Field and Auraria West Campus, while lines D, F and H stop at Colfax at Auraria. Light Rail to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House: take the D, F or H lines and exit at the Convention Center/Performing Arts station. Patrons boarding the existing C line or the new E line should transfer to the D, F, or H lines at the I-25 & Broadway station. Upon exiting the train, walk to 14th Street and continue northwest toward Curtis Street to the Denver Performing Arts Complex.


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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, Cerén Vodka, 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, Larimer Lounge, Mascaranaz & Associates, Matter, Caz Matthews, Meadowlark Bar, Meininger Art Supply, Metromode, Montesquieu Winery, Darren Nadell, Tina Nida, Nina Henderson Moore/Three Sistahs, Nine75, Novo Coffee, OutFront Colorado, Panasonic Projector Systems Company, Panera Bread, Pelican Arts and Animation, Pepsi, Quaker, Post Modern, Melissa Randall, RedLine, SAGIndie, Roshambo Films, Screen International, SONY Professional Products, South Philly Cheesesteaks, Sprint, Sputnik, Helen and Gary Stanley, Studio9zero7, Sustainable Travel International, Sutra, 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.