Denver – October 30, 2010
The Denver Film Society issued the following statement regarding the tragic death of acclaimed film director, George Hickenlooper.
“We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, George Hickenlooper. At this time our hearts and prayers are with his loved ones, including his family here in Denver. His death is a tremendous loss to the film-making community worldwide. All of us involved with the Denver Film Society and the Starz Denver Film Festival will miss him greatly.”
George Hickenlooper was in Denver this week for two significant reasons - to support his cousin, Mayor John Hickenlooper, whose campaign to become Colorado’s next Governor concludes this coming Tuesday and to attend the Colorado premiere of his film, “CASINO JACK” at the new Denver Film Center/Colfax on Thursday evening as part of the 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival.
According to Ron Henderson, Denver Film Society co-founder and long-time friend of George, who greeted him upon his arrival in Denver yesterday, “George was in great spirits, excited about John’s election prospects and the premiere of his own new film. George was a talented filmmaker with a big heart.”
Cousins George and John Hickenlooper first met in 1991 at a Denver Film Festival event at the Wynkoop Brewery, then owned by John. George’s documentaries, HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER’S APOCALYPSE and PICTURE THIS: THE TIMES OF PETER BOGDANOVICH IN ARCHER CITY, TEXAS were included in the festival that year.
Between 1994 and 2009, six additional George Hickenlooper films were included in what became the Starz Denver Film Festival.
• 1994 – SOME FOLKS CALL IT A SLING BLADE (short film)
• 1997 – DOGTOWN
• 1999 – THE BIG BRASS RING
• 2001 – THE MAN FROM ELYSIAN FIELDS
• 2003 – MAYOR OF THE SUNSET STRIP
• 2009 – ‘HICK’ TOWN and a work-in-progress screening of CASINO JACK
Mayor John Hickenlooper issued the following statement.
“Shock and sadness do not begin to describe our emotions. We are devastated. George had immense creative talents and cinematic gifts, but he was so much more than that to us and all his family. His passion for life, zeal for people and unquenchable curiosity enriched everyone who had the fortune to know him.”
According to Britta Erickson, festival director, “The 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival will be dedicated in its entirety to George Hickenlooper.”
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