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30th STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL HONORS AMERICAN PRODUCER/AUTHOR STEVEN BACH

10/30/2007
Starz Denver Film Festival 2007

Denver, CO – Producer, studio executive, best-selling author and teacher Steven Bach will participate in the 30th Starz Denver Film Festival with “An Evening with Steven Bach” program. Bach will appear at special screenings of the cult favorite THE PARALLAX VIEW and the visually stunning 1934 classic THE SCARLET EMPRESS. According to the program staff, the festival was able to obtain 35mm archival prints of both films, providing audiences with the rare opportunity to view pristine prints on the big screen.

On November 9, Bach will introduce the benchmark thriller THE PARALLAX VIEW, released by Paramount Pictures in 1974, while Bach was studio head. Bach will also attend a second screening in Boulder on November 10, as part of the SDFF in Boulder program.

Bach will also present THE SCARLET EMPRESS, directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich, on November 10. This film is one of many that resulted from the legendary collaboration between Dietrich and von Sternberg. Bach’s biography of Dietrich, Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend, published in 1992, highlights the life and achievements of the German actress who is considered by Bach to be “the most famous German woman of the 20th century.”

“These films are but two shining examples of the substantial contributions the multi-talented Steven Bach has made to the world of film,” said festival artistic director Ron Henderson. “He has some great stories to share. I look forward to hearing some of them myself.”

Bach, who teaches film studies at Columbia University and Bennington College in New York, will also spend the morning with students of the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Science Center’s College of Arts & Media.

Bach began his career as a Broadway producer before moving on to the world of film. After working on such films as KELLY’S HEROES and SLEUTH, Bach became head of worldwide production at United Artists where, under his watch, such films as APOCOLYPSE NOW and the box office hits the JAMES BOND and ROCKY series were released. After Bach’s greenlighting of the legendarily overbudget film, HEAVEN’S GATE in 1980, he left the world of filmmaking and began his career as a best-selling author writing about the world of film he knows so well. Among his collection of published works is Final Cut: Dreams and Disasters in the Making of Heaven’s Gate, which has been ranked as one of the finest inside accounts of Hollywood filmmaking.

THE PARALLAX VIEW: This political thriller stars Warren Beatty as a shaggy, somewhat careless newspaper reporter who is finally beginning to realize that the assassination of a senator he witnessed during a campaign rally three years earlier was no fluke perpetrated by a lone madman. Belatedly launching an investigation, he stumbles onto a vast conspiracy - with even vaster consequences.

THE SCARLET EMPRESS: Marlene Dietrich stars as Catherine II before she became the legendary Catherine the Great. The film recounts the story of Catherine and her arranged marriage to the Empress of Russia’s son, Archduke Peter (played by a daft-looking Sam Jaffe in his cinematic debut). Unmoved by her new spouse, she instead spends her time in the company of soldiers and engineering a coup d’etat with the aid of the military to eventually become Catherine the Great.

For a complete SDFF 30 schedule and a listing of Denver retail stores and restaurants where printed program schedules are available, visit denverfilm.org.

Tickets can be purchased online at denverfilm.org or in person at the Starz FilmCenter box office, 7 days a week from 12pm-8pm (until 11/8), 3pm-8pm (11/9-11/18).

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.