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30th STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS DIRECTOR NORMAN JEWISON WITH THE MAYOR'S CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

10/18/2007
Starz Denver Film Festival 2007

Denver, CO – Norman Jewison, the prolific, award-winning Canadian director, will receive the 2007 Mayor’s Career Achievement Award at the 30th Starz Denver Film Festival. Jewison will be presented with the festival’s prestigious award by Mayor John W. Hickenlooper following a special 40th anniversary screening of Jewison’s IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. Following the award presentation, Jewison will be interviewed from the stage by Variety film critic Joe Leydon.

The winner of the 1968 Oscar for Best Picture, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT stars Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger in what is widely recognized as one of the greatest films of the last 40 years. This groundbreaking work, dealing with race relations in America’s Deep South, also won four other Oscars.

Jewison will also appear with a screening of a newly struck 35mm print of his 1987 romantic comedy MOONSTRUCK, starring Cher, Nicolas Cage and Olympia Dukakis.

 “We are honored to be able to present this year’s Mayor’s Career Achievement Award to this great film artist,” said festival artistic director Ron Henderson. “Norman Jewison has been a vibrant force in the motion picture industry for more than four decades, directing some of the most essential films in the American canon. We extend a warm welcome to him.”

Jewison’s contributions to the world of film are countless, having exemplified an amazing versatility and tackling a wide range of subjects and styles. Jewison has earned three Oscar nominations for Best Director over the course of his career for MOONSTRUCK, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.

Jewison began his career in London where he wrote scripts and acted for the BBC. In 1952, Jewison returned to his native Canada where he directed television shows for the CBC for 6 years before relocating to New York City to direct musicals and variety. Jewison eventually left the television and theatre world to embark on his cinematic career.

Selected Filmography: THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING (1966), IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967), THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (1968), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971), A SOLDIER’S STORY (1984), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (1973), AGNES OF GOD (1985), MOONSTRUCK (1987), and THE HURRICANE (1999).

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, winner of the 1968 Oscar for Best Picture, stars Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger in what is widely recognized as one of the greatest films of the last 40 years. 2007 celebrates the 40th anniversary of this cinematic masterpiece.

MOONSTRUCK is a definitive romantic comedy that remains, even after two decades, an utterly charming modern fairy tale. Led by the irresistible Nicolas Cage along with Cher and Olympia Dukakis – whose utterly refreshing performances won them both Oscars – the film’s deft direction and terrific ensemble cast tells the tale of a bride-to-be who falls helplessly for her fiancé’s brother.

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.