Festival News


by: Elizabeth Alley
DENVER -- Oct. 7, 2008 -- The Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) announced that Carolee Schneemann, a preeminent multidisciplinary artist, will receive the 2008 Stan Brakhage Vision Award during the program "An Evening with Carolee Schneemann," sponsored by the Denver Art Museum, on Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Denver Art Museum's Lewis I. Sharp Auditorium. The event will include a screening of some of her most provocative and eclectic shorts, including her latest, Infinity Kisses--the Movie.

Phil Solomon, the recipient of the 2007 Stan Brakhage Vision Award and associate professor of film studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will present Ms. Schneemann with the award.

Initially an abstract expressionist painter, Schneemann has tackled all media, including photography, film, video, installation, performance, various forms of print and the spoken word. Her work has been featured in major museums and galleries, including New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles and the London National Film Theatre. 

"Throughout her career, Carolee Schneemann has dared to take on provocative subject matter and pursue truth through her art," said Ron Henderson, SDFF co-founder. "Her disregard of consequences and her affinity for the unmentionable exemplify the audacity of Stan Brakhage. She is more than deserving of this prestigious award."

The Stan Brakhage Vision Award is presented annually to film artists whose work celebrates Brakhage's courage, boldness, uncompromising integrity and vision. Throughout his 50-year career, he made nearly 400 films; his final film, Chinese, he completed in bed before he died on March 9, 2003.

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 more information about SDFF 31, visit www.denverfilm.org.

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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Important Dates:
11/13-23 - 31st Starz Denver Film Festival
11/19 - An Evening with Carolee Schneemann

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/Luminate, 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, Courtyard by Marriott, Hotel VQ, Kodak, Landmark Theatres, Laszlo Photo Comedia, PayReel, RedShift Framing, Rialto Cafe, 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, Yelp. 
Government Sponsors include: City and County of Denver, Colorado Council on the Arts, Consulate General of Canada in Denver, Consulate General of Mexico, National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles Film & TV Office-French Embassy, Quebec 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, Blake Street Tavern, CityGrille, CityPub, Click Salon, Colorado Film Foundation, Film Finders, Chris Findlater, Fox & Hound, Frito-Lay, Holland & Hart LLP, Hyatt Regency Denver, Good, Indulgences Etc., Keyline Graphics, Caz Matthews, Meadowlark Bar, Meininger Art Supply, Metromode, Nina Henderson Moore/Three Sistahs, Nine75, Novo Coffee, Panasonic Projector Systems Company, Pelican Arts & Animation, Pepsi, Quaker, Post Modern, RedLine, SAGIndie, Roshambo Films, Screen International, SONY Professional Products, South Philly Cheese Steaks, Sprint, Helen and Gary Stanley, Steuben's, Studio9zero7, Sustainable Travel International, Tiffany & Co, Tropicana, University of Colorado at Denver- College of Arts & Media, Bill Ward, Wahoo's Fish Taco, Wazee Supper Club, Withoutabox, Womensfilm Net, Wystone's World Tea, Yum Yums Delights.

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