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30TH STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL "GOES GREEN"

10/19/2007
Starz Denver Film Festival 2007

Denver, CO – The 30th Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) announces its Green Initiative – a combination of efforts aimed at significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the 11-day event (November 8-18). With the support of premier sponsor Starz Entertainment, LLC and in partnership with Sustainable Travel International (STI - sustainabletravel.com), the SDFF will honor environmentally friendly business practices dedicated to reducing energy use and waste through various programs.

“As a leader in the Colorado arts community and the international film arena, we feel it is our responsibility to be on the forefront of sustainable business practices,” said Scott Rowitz, executive director of the Denver Film Society. “The Green Initiative allows us to set a precedent in the community and in the festival industry.”

Over the past 30 years, the Denver Film Society (DFS) has been dedicated to educating the public on important social and cultural issues through the art of film. The Green Initiative allows the DFS to inspire its audience to adopt eco-friendly lifestyle practices.

With the financial support of Starz SDFF will purchase MyClimate™ and Conservation International carbon offsets through Sustainable Travel International in an effort to offset the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the environment as a result of the festival. Carbon offsets make it possible for individuals and businesses to neutralize the greenhouse gas emissions they are responsible for, from activities such as transportation, by contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gases in another place.

Festival patrons will have the opportunity to donate money to the Green Initiative as an added expense to the price of festival tickets or as a separate donation. Money raised will be used to fund Green Initiative efforts and donated to various national and international projects dedicated to increasing energy efficiency, reducing waste, reducing deforestation, and replacing traditional sources of fuel used for energy with clean and renewable sources like wind and solar power.

"Filmmakers are leading the way in educating the public about the impact of global warming. The Starz Denver Film Festival Green Initiative demonstrates that the creative community is prepared to act as well as talk in the campaign to improve the environment,” said Bill Myers, president and COO of Starz Entertainment. “We at Starz are proud of this effort by the Festival to ‘go green’ and delighted to support it."

Other aspects of the Green Initiative will include: 100% organic cotton commemorative t-shirts for sale online at denverfilm.org/shop and at merchandise booths throughout the festival; a film guide recycling and exchange program to offer festival patrons the opportunity to reduce waste by sharing their guides before disposing of them; 100% recyclable and compostable Eco-Products to be used at official festival receptions and lounges.

Also included in the SDFF Green Initiative is a partnership with Denver-based organization, BaggyShirts (baggy-shirts.com), who will offer festival patrons an eco-friendly merchandise option. Baggy Shirts are an environmentally friendly and reusable multi-purpose bag created by local artisans reducing carbon emissions by 80-90%. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Baggy Shirts goes to organizations dedicated to reducing carbon emissions into the environment. Baggy Shirts will be sold at merchandise booths throughout the festival and will be available for online purchase at denverfilm.org/shop.

SDFF30 DETAILS

All regular screenings will take place at the Denver Film Society's permanent home, the Starz FilmCenter at the Tivoli on the Auraria Campus. Opening Night, Big Night and Closing Night events will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

TRAVEL “GREEN” TO SDFF30

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 Center.

For more information about the Starz Denver Film Society and the 30th SDFF, visit denverfilm.org.

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

SDFF 30 Premier Sponsor: Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 16.1 million and 28.4 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Starz On Demand and Vongo®. Starz Entertainment (starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Group.

SDFF 30 Presenting Sponsor: Sprint offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 54 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit sprint.com.

Sustainable Travel International is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainable development and eco-friendly travel by providing programs that help travelers and travel-related companies protect the environmental, socio-cultural and economic needs of the places they visit, and the planet at large.


Starz returns as the Premier Sponsor of the 30th Starz Denver Film Festival with Sprint as the Presenting Sponsor. Associate Sponsors include: AOR, Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, Barbara Bridges/Wildblue Entertainment, CEAVCO Audio Visual, Frontier Airlines, Larimer Square and OppenheimerFunds. Media Sponsors include: 5280 Magazine, Burst Marketing – Podcast Publishing, Crosspoint, The Denver Post, FOX 31 News, Incite, Martini on the Rockies and Milkhaus. The Festival’s Government/Foundation Partners include: City and County of Denver – Division of Theatres & Arenas, Colorado Council on the Arts, Colorado Film Commission, Consulate General of Canada in Denver, Los Angeles Film and TV Office – French Embassy, National Endowment for the Arts, Québec Government Office in LA and Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).


Supporting Sponsors include: Bellco Credit Union, Bombay Sapphire, Courtyard by Marriott, Cîroc Vodka, DHL, EXDO EVENT CENTER,  Lionsgate, Lufthansa, Mike’s Camera, Mike Shaw Saab, Moët Hennessey, POP/Luminate, Residence Inn by Marriott Denver City Center, Stella Artois, Sterling Vineyards, Three Tomatoes Catering, Tiffany & Co. and Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP. Patron Sponsors include: Amusemints, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Butler Rents, Chubb, CU-Denver Live, Grand Lodge, Holland & Hart, Hotel Monaco, Kentwood City Properties, Kodak, Komorebi, Kroenke Sports, Landmark Theatres, Photo:Laszlo/CoMedia, Meadowlark Bar, OfficeScapes, The Oxford Hotel, PayReel, Red Lion Hotel, RedShift Framing and Van Gilder.