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30th STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SPECIAL GUEST DIRECTOR JASON REITMAN

10/31/2007
Starz Denver Film Festival 2007

Denver, CO – Award-winning director Jason Reitman will walk the red carpet at the 30th Starz Denver Film Festival’s Big Night Celebration on November 10 at the Ellie Caulkin’s Opera House. Reitman will be introducing his new comedy and the evening’s feature film JUNO.

Jason Reitman, son of renowned comedy filmmaker Ivan Reitman, spent the majority of his life in the movie business. His career path to success has included such titles as child/teen actor, production assistant, shorts filmmaker and even a brief stint as a pre-med student. In 2005, Reitman made his feature debut as writer/director of the star-studded THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, an adaptation of Christopher Buckley’s novel about a spin-doctor lobbyist for the tobacco industry.

Other red carpet arrivals will include members of the Dancing Elk Condor Track Team who will welcome attendees to the Denver premiere of Reitman’s soon-to-be acclaimed JUNO. Dressed in full track meet attire, the Dancing Elk Condors will dash their way down the red carpet while distributing orange tic-tacs in honor of Paulie Bleeker’s (Michael Cera), the team’s star athlete, not-so-hidden obsession.

Reitman’s JUNO stars Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner (ALIAS) and Jason Bateman (ARESTED DEVELOPMENT). Crackling with whip-smart dialogue and intensely clever monologue, this comedic and satiric film finds 16-year-old Juno (Ellen Page) pregnant by her clueless best friend, high-school track star Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera also of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT). Opting, after a discouraging visit to a bleak family planning clinic, to take the pregnancy to term and give her baby up for adoption, Juno begins to acquaint herself with the chosen couple – only to watch her well-meant plans go sharply awry.

The Big Night premier of JUNO is sponsored by Starz with the following Big Night Dessert Reception presented by Starz and Lionsgate.

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.

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.

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.