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33rd Starz Denver Film Festival Opens November 3 and Announces Dedication to George Hickenlooper

11/1/2010

The 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) unspools this Wednesday, November 3 with a full lineup of special programs, panel discussions and special guests. Additionally, this year’s Festival will be dedicated to George Hickenlooper, who passed away in Denver earlier this week.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of George Hickenlooper, whose films have appeared in seven of our Festivals and we are proud to dedicate this year’s Festival in honor of his work,” said SDFF Director Britta Erickson. “In addition to the robust collection of films, special events, panels and award-winning talent Festival participants will experience, we will include multiple screenings of his final film, Casino Jack, which will be a fitting tribute to his movie-making genius.”

Red Carpet Events
SDFF33 will present several awards throughout the Festival, including:

Opening Night - Wednesday, November 3 – 7:30pm, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
SDFF33 unveils the Festival program with Rabbit Hole, an adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the unraveling of a traumatized couple’s once-happy marriage. Featuring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, director John Cameron Mitchell tackles an eloquent drama about the cruelty of fate.

Grand Opening of Denver FilmCenter/Colfax Thursday, November 4 – 7:30pm
In special tribute to George Hickenlooper, SDFF celebrates his work at the opening of the Denver Film Society’s new home, with the screening of his film, Casino Jack. The late George Hickenlooper directs the masterful Kevin Spacey, as Casino Jack (Abramoff) in this political drama about the vile shenanigans of notorious Bush-era lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Additionally screening during the Grand Opening on Thursday, November 4 is Morning. In this drama made up largely of silences, Leland Orser directs and stars alongside real-life wife, Jeanne Tripplehorn. As this middle-class couple grapples with the loss of their young son, the film depicts their grief as they abandon each other and destroy their surroundings and very nearly themselves.

Big Night – Friday, November 5 – 8pm, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
As the peak event of the 2010 Festival, Academy Award–winning filmmaker Danny Boyle radically changes gears from Slumdog Millionaire (SDFF31) with 127 Hours, the true story of Aron Ralston, a cocky outdoorsman (and longtime Colorado resident) who, in 2003, fought for his life following a hiking accident in Utah. In this compelling one-man show, James Franco covers the full gamut of Ralston's emotions and the inventive approaches he takes to his horrifying circumstances.

Closing Night - Saturday, November 13 – 7:30pm, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Drawing the curtain on this year’s event, SDFF screens Black Swan. Darren Aronofsky directs Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in this dark psychological drama that weaves a compelling web of manipulation, madness and disorder in the obsessive onstage and backstage world of ballet.

AWARDS

Excellence in Acting Award: Aaron Eckhart
The gifted Aaron Eckhart will receive the 2010 Excellence in Acting Award. An actor known for having played an eclectic collection of roles, Eckhart first gained recognition for his role in Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich. He later became widely recognized for his roles in Thank You for Smoking and The Dark Knight. Alongside co-star Nicole Kidman, he is most recently seen in Rabbit Hole, which will screen during SDFF33.

Cassavetes Award: Elliott Gould
The Cassavetes Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the world of filmmaking and whose work reflects the spirit of the late John Cassavetes. This year, the award will be presented to the unconventional yet inimitable actor, Elliott Gould.

Mayor’s Career Achievement Award for Acting: Danny Boyle
British director, Danny Boyle, will receive the 2010 Mayor's Career Achievement Award. An Academy Award winner, Boyle has been noted as the director responsible for the revitalization of filmmaking in London. His most recent film, 127 Hours, will screen during the SDFF33.

Stan Brakhage Vision Award: P. Adams Sitney
The Stan Brakhage Vision Award is presented annually to film artists whose work celebrates Brakhage’s courage, boldness, uncompromising integrity and vision. This year, the award will be presented to P. Adams Sitney, one of the most influential chroniclers of, and ambassadors for, experimental film in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Rising Star Award: Kerry Bishé
Kerry Bishé will be presented with the 2010 Rising Star Award during a private reception during SDFF33. Having been active in the industry for a short three years, Kerry Bishé has been seen in roles in both television and film. Her most recent work includes playing the role of Brooke in Edward Burns’ most recent directed film, Nice Guy Johnny, which will screen at SDFF33.
 

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
During the course of the 12-day celebration, the Starz Denver Film Festival highlights some of this year’s best cinematic, Oscar-worthy films with Special Presentations at the King Center and the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax, including:

Blue Valentine
In his long-awaited, emotionally-charged second feature, University of Colorado graduate Derek Cianfrance, examines the disintegration of a family, as a boozy furniture mover Dean (Ryan Gosling) and discontented nurse Cindy (Michelle Williams) attempt to rekindle their young passion and save a rocky marriage, complicated by the presence of their young daughter.

I Love You Phillip Morris
Hyperenergetic chameleon Jim Carrey stars as sociopathic conman Steven Russell, who discovers in midlife that he's gay, and finds his soul mate in the gentle title character (Ewan McGregor). The writing team behind cult comedy Bad Santa directs this adaptation from a novel by former Houston Chronicle investigative reporter Steve McVicker.

Made in Dagenham
In 1968, it was a man’s world, until the women of Dagenham, England, seeking equal pay for equal work, had something to say about it. Directed by Nigel Cole, this film based on true events stars Sally Hawkins as firebrand Rita O’Grady, a seamstress employed by the Ford Motor Company who sets the historic protests into motion.

The People vs. George Lucas
They gave him their love, their money and their online parodies. He gave them -- the prequels. The passion the original Star Wars trilogy has inspired in fans worldwide is unparalleled but when it comes to George Lucas himself, their ardor has cooled. The heartfelt yet hilarious documentary delves deeply into the namesake director’s culture legacy.

ANIMATION STATION
SDFF33 is proud to partner with the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation of Colorado (ASIFA-Colorado) for Animation Station, a series of workshops and competitions open to the public.

Animation Station Workshop
Using traditional animation techniques, budding animators are invited to show up with a willingness to explore and broaden the scope of their own creativity; they will also receive a voucher for tickets to the Starz FilmCenter and an invitation to a private screening of all the works created at the Animation Station. The Animation Workshop will take place Saturday, November 6 at 9am ages 6 – 11 and at 1pm for those age 12 above at the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria Campus.

Animation Competition
Using any animation technique available, teams will have six hours to create their own film in this year’s competition. SDFF will announce the theme at the competition and entries will be judged by the ASIFA-Colorado board. Participating teams will have access to basic animation materials as well as cameras for capturing images, and may bring their own materials to use for the competition. The competition is $30 for entry per team, and will be held at the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria Campus Sunday, November 7 at 10am. A prize of $600 for best overall entry as well as other prizes will be offered.

SHORTS IN A FEATURE-LENGTH WORLD
SDFF33 includes four shorts programs:

All You Need is Love
In honor of John Lennon’s 70th birthday, SDFF offer a selection of short films that celebrate the whimsy, passion, hope and despair of love. Films from this program will feature at the Starz FilmCenter on Friday, November 12 at 9:30pm and Saturday, November 13 at 12:15pm.

Edge of Darkness
This powerful collection of stories reveal moments of grace in times of crises. Films from this program will feature at Denver FilmCenter/Colfax on Saturday, November 13 at 4:15pm and Sunday, November 14 at 2:15pm.

Truer Than Fiction
This program showcases a series of short films that prove creativity begins in reality. Films from the program will feature at the Starz FilmCenter on Saturday, November 6 at 7:15pm and Sunday, November 7 at 5:15pm.

Gentle and Not So Gentle Obsessions
These shorts depict stories of the hard-to-deny, occasional fixation on people, places and pastimes. Films from the program will feature at the Starz FilmCenter on Saturday, November 6 at 12:15pm and Sunday, November 7 at 9:15pm.

Close Encounters of the Animated Kind
A spirited package of animated films, these shorts range from magical and charming to suspenseful and thought-provoking. Films from this program will feature at the Starz FilmCenter on Saturday, November 6 at 3:30pm and at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax on Sunday, November 7 at 2pm.

International Scenes
This moving collection of short films showcases that we often have more in common than we often think. Films from this program will feature at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax on Monday, November 8 at 5pm and at the Starz FilmCenter on Tuesday, November 9 at 9pm.

STUDENT FILM SECTION

First Look Student Film Festival
In 2006, The Denver Post called the First Look Student Film Section “arguably the best niche film festival in Denver” for its efforts to introduce Rocky Mountain audiences to the great filmmakers of the future by showcasing their early works. First Look has since been integrated into the Starz Denver Film Festival, and this year it will feature three film packages:

Another Day in Paradise
This package takes a look at where we are and where we have been, and screens at the Starz FilmCenter on Thursday, November 11, 7pm and Friday, November 12, 9:45pm.

Against All Odds
Theses short films have the power to overcome all obstacles. The package of films screens at the Starz FilmCenter on Thursday, November 11, 9:45pm and Saturday, November 13, 2:45pm.

Separate Lives
This series of films poses the question – ‘what do we find when we look under the surface?’ and screens at the Starz FilmCenter on Friday, November 12 at 7pm and on Saturday, November 13 at 5:15pm.

Young Filmmakers Workshop I & II
Each summer the Denver Film Society provides a unique opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to immerse themselves in the world of moviemaking. Over the course of two weeks, participants not only learn how to watch and interpret film, but also how to plan, write, shoot and edit their own short works. The 2010 program expanded to include 62 students for two separate workshops – one for those just starting out and one for master students. This screening will showcase the work of the 2010 Young Filmmakers Workshop students from the master class at the Starz FilmCenter on Sunday, November 14 at 2pm.

PANELS

Based On A True Story – Saturday, November 6 at 4pm in Gallery 30 at Starz FilmCenter
Join us for this illuminating discussion about narrative features based on real-life events. Consider, Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, which tells the story of Aron Ralston -- the outdoorsman who saved himself from a life-threatening accident while rock climbing in Utah -- or the late George Hickenlooper’s Casino Jack, a dramatic account of the fall from power of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. This panel addresses how filmmakers honor factual truth while realizing their own artistic visions, as well as how their responsibilities as storytellers are inherently different in such cases.

The Indie Gold Rush – Sunday, November 7 at 6pm in Gallery 30 at Starz FilmCenter
Join us in exploring the possibilities for making an independent film right here in Colorado. Our panel of filmmakers will participate in a lively game, during which they must respond to a variety of conditions and situations affecting their film projects; the audience will vote to determine which proposal should receive funding. Of course, there's no real money at stake, but the game teaches us much about the problems and opportunities confronted by independent filmmakers as they seek to make their mark.

Will The Real Iran Please Stand Up – Thursday, November 11 at 6:30pm in Gallery 30 at Starz FilmCenter
Admirers of Iranian cinema have long been puzzled by the gap between the images that it presents to the world and those offered by the nation’s government. The international film community has elevated Iranian directors to the world stage, recognizing the simple beauty of their works and, increasingly, the complex issues of contemporary life they examine. In either case, Iran has made an indisputable contribution to global cinematic culture. But the Iran that one encounters in the news media appears bellicose and oppressive, constituting a threat to US security. This panel will try to answer the question of how we -- can we -- reconcile such radically opposing views of this fascinating country.

WOMEN+FILM: Not Waiting On The World To Change – Saturday, November 13 at 11:30am in Gallery 30 at Starz FilmCenter
WOMEN+FILM not only celebrates the art and achievements of women filmmakers around the world but also brings together an array of scholars, civil and human rights advocates, community leaders and concerned members of the public to shine a spotlight on social issues through dialogue around film.SDFF33 welcomes five female directors who have recently confronted global concerns, such as tolerance, education and maternal health, and profiled the everyday heroes working to enact positive change. Join them in conversation with Women + film founder Barbara Bridges.

Making It In And Out Of Colorado – Saturday, November 13 at 2pm in Gallery 30 at Starz FilmCenter
Most members of the local cinematic community wish that our state were an industry hub. It's arguable that for every filmmaker who remains here, there's another who had to leave to attain success. In this edition of the monthly Colorado Cinema Salon, curator Robert Denerstein will examine questions that assess the current state and the future of the film industry in Colorado.

When The Reel West Met The Reel West – Sunday, November 14 at 2pm in Gallery 30 at Starz FilmCenter
Before film companies settled in Southern California, they developed the Western genre in places like Colorado. Between 1904 and 1912, Colorado was the locus of the cinematic revolution. David Emrich, noted film historian and author of Hollywood, Colorado, will examine the historical crossroads where the real West met the reel West, utilizing still photos and movie clips from such landmark productions as The Great Train Robbery, Tracked by Bloodhounds, or, A Lynching of Cripple Creek, The Cattle Rustlers and Hell’s Hinges.

WOMEN + FILM
WOMEN + FILM not only celebrates the art and achievements of women filmmakers around the world but also brings together a community of scholars, civil and human rights advocates, community leaders and concerned members of the public to shine a spotlight on women’s and social justice issues through dialogues, panel discussions, workshops—and, of course, screenings.

WOMEN + FILM is now a featured monthly program at the Starz FilmCenter, and the SDFF33 is proud to present an array of candid, thought-provoking, and often iconoclastic works by women—the likes of which aren’t often available or obvious to mainstream audiences. SDFF33 will screen 10 films as a part of The WOMEN + FILM program, including:

Amongst Brothers
This film follows Colorado cattleman Gary Magness on an adventure trip to Brazil, as he finds himself a key player in the very survival of one of the oldest tribes in the Amazon Basin.

Made in Dagenham
In 1968, it was a man’s world, until the women of Dagenham, England, seeking equal pay for equal work, had something to say about it. Directed by Nigel Cole, this film based on true events stars Sally Hawkins as firebrand Rita O’Grady, a seamstress employed by the Ford Motor Company who sets the historic protests into motion.

My So-Called Enemy
In 2002, six Jewish and Palestinian teenage girls flew to New Jersey to attend a peace camp. Removed from daily tensions at home, they faced their “enemies,” formed friendships and initiated the very sort of dialogue that this thoughtful documentary sets out to generate.

Mzungu (n.) White-Wanderer
Followed by filmmaker Shana Marie Gilbert, four young Colorado men travel to Uganda and Rwanda hoping to make a difference. Gilbert documents the various projects the men are involved with, while offering a glimpse of Africa’s teeming cities riddled with trash -- juxtaposed with beautiful green countryside.

No Woman No Cry
Frightening birth complications inspired former supermodel Christy Turlington Burns to become an advocate for maternal health and reproductive rights. This film documents the healthcare concerns of mothers around the world, from Tanzania and Guatemala to Bangladesh and even the United States.

Puzzle
In this delicately balanced family drama from Argentina, a suburban housewife’s passion for solving jigsaw puzzles leads to a new and exciting world of possibilities. To the dismay of her husband and sons, Maria joins a suave bachelor in his posh city apartment to practice for an upcoming competition. Director Natalia Smirnoff strikes a delicate balance between comedy and drama as Maria, played by the accomplished Maria Onetto, begins to free herself from domestic routine.

Strangers No More
In the heart of Tel Aviv, there is an exceptional school where children from 48 different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn. Many of the students arrive at Bialik-Rogozin in the wake of poverty, political adversity and even genocide. Here, no child is a stranger.

TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives
In this hopeful documentary about the healing power of art, a young immigrant finds her voice at Chicago’s Albany Park Theater Project by working through emotional trauma as she relates her story of rape and abandonment to other teens who transform it into a play.

We Are Half of Iran’s Population
Rakhshan Beni-Etamad's We Are Half of Iran's Population gives voice to Iranian women oppressed by draconian marriage laws, male-on-female violence, educational gender quotas and other hallmarks of second-class citizenship.

We’ll Get Used to It
Mohsen Ostad Ali Makhmalbaf's We'll Get Used to It introduces us to five variously troubled girls living in a Tehran homeless shelter, each heroic in her own way. A moving film, the profile stories exude moments of profound despair.

FOCUS ON IRANIAN CINEMA
Each year the SDFF shines the spotlight on the cinematic treasures of one particular country. At a time when a number of well-known Iranian directors have been imprisoned or barred from leaving the country by the current government, a focus on Iran seemed especially urgent.

Iranian films have been highly celebrated in recent years, with many competing for top prizes in the world’s most esteemed festivals and receiving distribution not only overseas but in the United States, arguably the hardest market for foreign fare. SDFF33 has collected 10 of the most current, diverse and thought-provoking films from Iran this year and are delighted that directors will be here with Dog Sweat and Twenty Days That Shook Tehran.

Dog Sweat
Like their Western counterparts, the youths in Dog Sweat experiment with alcohol, sex and rock 'n' roll – only these rebels live in Tehran, where individual desire and societal mores are at dangerous odds. Dog Sweat takes strides in giving us a more complete view of modern life in Iran, and revealing that we have more in common than we think.

My Tehran for Sale
Shot on video, guerilla-style, in the rarely seen Tehran underground, first-time director Granaz Moussavi's barely fictionalized examination of dissident Iranian youth culture couldn't be more relevant or timely. The producers smuggled the footage out of the country in their backpacks. Its raw quality gives the film an unmistakable authenticity.

Rainy Seasons
As his parents finalize their divorce, 16-year-old Sina is facing his own modern problems in present-day Iran. At every turn, they present him with choices that will shape the man he becomes. Rainy Seasons shows that the pain of adolescence to adulthood is universal

Salve
Aziz, a sickly but devoted old woman, tries to help her addict-granddaughter, Maryam, escape a world of trouble in Tehran. Refusing to give up on her loved one, she struggles to protect Maryam from the wrath of her father, her drug dealer and the police. Wonderful cinematography lends an almost surreal quality to the scenes in which the two women travel the streets of the Iranian capital.

Tehroun
Ibrahim comes to Tehran from the provinces hoping to make quick money for his growing family but hope fades fast in the big city. Tehroun, slang for Tehran, reveals its namesake’s underbelly in this noir-style thriller.

There Are Things You Don’t Know
The melancholy mood of late-night Tehran matches that of taciturn taxi driver Ali, who ferries passengers with their own problems around the capital cloaked in darkness. Iran’s precarious political situation lends social texture to first-time director Fardin Saheb-Zamani’s understated drama of alienation.

Twenty Days that Shook Tehran
Documentarian Ali Razi offers a vivid look at the three weeks leading up to the tumultuous Iranian presidential election of June 12, 2009 – whose outcome continues to be disputed by a nation that struggles with the very notion of democracy.

We Are Half of Iran’s Population
Rakhshan Beni-Etamad's We Are Half of Iran's Population gives voice to Iranian women oppressed by draconian marriage laws, male-on-female violence, educational gender quotas and other hallmarks of second-class citizenship.

We’ll Get Used to It
Mohsen Ostad Ali Makhmalbaf's We'll Get Used to It introduces us to five variously troubled girls living in a Tehran homeless shelter, each heroic in her own way. A moving film, the profile stories exude moments of profound despair.

The White Meadows
In this magical-realist allegory of sociopolitical oppression, dissident Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof follows middle-aged Rahmat as he sails around Lake Urmia on a mission to collect the tears of the heartbroken into a tiny pitcher – remaining all the while a silent, nonjudgmental witness to the absurd havoc wreaked by the powers that be.

FESTIVAL DE CINE MEXICANO
The Mexican film industry is experiencing a period of flowering artistic growth and has clearly established itself as the cinematic leader of the Spanish-speaking world. SDFF33 is proud to present a selection of these works.

The Black Panther
Noir meets sci-fi meets classic Mexican cinema in director Iyeri Wertta’s surreal black-and-white pulp fantasy, where God, Death and a cryogenically frozen Pedro Infante all play a role in alcoholic gumshoe Nico Beamonte’s existential dilemma-and his quest for the mysterious Pantera Negra. In this existential dilemma, a deadbeat detective questions his faith, ideals and the meaning of life.

Cephalopod
Directed by Rubén Ímaz, this existential tale of love and loss follows young Basque-Mexican painter Sebastián from Spain to Mexico City to mourn the death of his girlfriend. Sebastián embarks on a search for the legendary giant squid with which she was obsessed, which transforms into a journey of what he must find in order to truly release his dearly departed.

To The Sea
Lying somewhere between documentary and narrative, this film poignantly views the world through the eyes of a child. Before returning to Rome with his Italian mother, five-year-old Natan spends an idyllic summer on a coral reef with his Mexican father, in a piece that shares the soulful, subtle joys between a father and his son.

We Are What We Are
When their patriarch passes away, three adolescent siblings must take responsibility for household chores: making ends meet, keeping the house clean and putting meat on the table. For a family of cannibals in Mexico City, that’s no mean feat. The old cliché about a hard-working dad who brings home the bacon gets a disturbing new twist in Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau’s slow boil of a first feature.

THE ENVIRONMENT IN FOCUS
Environmental advocacy has become a powerful cultural touchstone; as such, it is a core concern for the 2010 Starz Denver Film Festival. The Environment in Focus program features cutting-edge documentaries with the ability to inspire audiences to make a difference through their interactions with the natural world.

Bag It
When we throw something “away,” where does it go? Average guy Jeb Berrier charismatically narrates this documentary by Suzan Beraza about the impact of plastic in our lives. Though it was marketed as a convenience, it’s become a pox on our environment and even our health, leading to a crisis of global proportions.

Cool It
Award-winning documentarian Ondi Timoner trains her camera on the contrarian Danish climate scientist Bjørn Lomborg, a Green Peace activist-turned-dissident who sees the conventional wisdom on global warming as inaccurate if not fraudulent. He takes strong, eager issue with Al Gore and company as he shows us around laboratories that are working on new technologies like wave energy, algae fuels and water splitting -- all while giving full voice to his views on geoengineering and experimental techniques such as cloud brightening.

A Different Path
Festival favorites Monteith McCollum and Ariana Gerstein (Milk in the Land: Ballad of an American Drink, SDFF30; Hybrid, SDFF24) are back with this artful documentary that spotlights activists who are decidedly unhappy about our car-centric culture and they’ve addressed their dissatisfaction in sometimes dramatic, often amusing, always innovative and more or less effective ways.

There Once Was an Island
Climate change may soon wipe out the island of Takuu, home to 400 Polynesian aboriginals. As rising seas engulf this remote atoll in the South Pacific, the heartbreaking decision to leave home or face death must be made. This documentary captures the excruciating process as the natives face the prospect of relocation through anger, anxiety and sorrow in a series of poignant personal interviews.

THE WATCHING HOUR
Take a walk on the razor’s edge with our fine selection of alternative fare. Not for the squeamish, the subtle, or the unimaginative, these cult treats are too deviant to be shown during prime time, airing instead at the darkest hour – perfect for watching as well as witching.

5150 Elm’s Way
After crashing his bicycle, a college student knocks on the seemingly welcoming door of 5150 Elm’s Way, looking for some first aid. What he finds instead is a demented family led by a fanatical, murderous father who locks him up. Éric Tessier directs this Canadian psychological thriller.

A Horrible Way To Die
Sarah, a dental hygienist, is making great strides in life, opening up at her weekly AA meetings and even embarking on a new romance. But the news that her ex-boyfriend, a convicted serial killer, has escaped from prison could set her back—if not destroy her life. Horror prodigy Adam Wingard directs this thriller on the tiniest of shoestrings.

Summer Wars
When a social networking community gets attacked by sentient malware that threatens to deny service to the entire world, one girl and her massive extended family unite to restore peace to cyberspace. Gorgeously animated with loads of heart and soul, this intriguingly intelligent cyberpunk/sci-fi thriller is a visual tour-de-force.

Trainspotting
It’s hard to believe that nearly 15 years have passed since Danny Boyle debuted this head-trip of a black comedy about young, heroin-addicted Renton (Ewan McGregor), who makes his unsteady way through gritty Edinburgh trying to kick his habit. Having served as his premiere into a career of creating some of the most memorable moments in cult cinema, Boyle captures the imagination of a disillusioned generation in dire need of an antihero.

We Are What We Are
When their patriarch passes away, three adolescent siblings must take responsibility for household chores: making ends meet, keeping the house clean and putting meat on the table. For a family of cannibals in Mexico City, that’s no mean feat. The old cliché about a hard-working dad who brings home the bacon gets a disturbing new twist in Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau’s slow boil of a first feature.

EXPOSURE MUSIC LOUNGE
After SDFF32’s strong follow-up set to the inaugural Music Lounge in 2008, SDFF33 Festival guests will once again have up-close-and-personal access to Denver’s exceptional Indie music scene. Filmmakers, festival attendees and the public are invited to mix at this showcase for local talent. This year’s lineup will include Chris “Sandman” Sand, Paean, Pawn Ticket Trio, Pink Hawks, Bad Luck City, 200 Million Years, Bela Karoli and Achille Lauro.

The Music Lounge will kick off this year with an event held at the Denver Open Media Foundation (700 Kalamath Street) on Friday, November 5 at 8pm. Additional showcases will go on at the Denver Civic Theatre at 8pm on Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12, and at the Denver Open Media Foundation at 8pm on Saturday, November 13. Admission is free to SDFF33 badge holders, $7 for ticket holders and $10 for all others.

PODCASTS
Festival attendees and movie lovers alike will be able to get free audio and video podcasts, including interviews with filmmakers and virtual access to all panel discussions, which are hosted by award-winning student filmmaker (SDFF32) Benjamin Garst.

Visit http://www.denverfilm.org for more information or to purchase events scheduled for SDFF33.

Addendum will follow, listing the 2010 Special Award Recipients for SDFF33.

 

About the Denver Film Society:
Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, non-profit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival. The DFS Starz 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.

Sponsors:

PREMIER: Starz

ASSOCIATE: Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, AOR Marketing & Advertising, Barbara Bridges/Wildblue Entertainment, CEAVCO Audio Visual, Harmonic Media, Jacobs Chase LLC, Smokewood Entertainment

SUPPORTING: Argonaut Wine & Liquor, Four Seasons Hotel - Denver, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Ketel One Vodka, Mike’s Camera, Nestlé Raisinets, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Stella Artois, Tewell Warren Printing, Three Tomatoes Catering, Turner Classic Movies, Westin Downtown Denver

PATRON: Basil Doc’s Pizza, Butler Rents, Caz Matthews, Courtyard by Marriott, El Diablo, Goodwill Industries of Denver, Hotel VQ, Jet Entertainment Group, Kentwood City Properties, Photo:LASZLO, popchips, Pura Vida Fitness and Spa, RedShift Framing, Residence Inn- Denver City Center, Rockbar, Sterling Vineyards, The Queen Anne Urban Bed and Breakfast, Tennyson Center for Children, UC Denver Live!, Wells Fargo

MEDIA: Burst Marketing, Denver Magazine, KBNO-Que Bueno 1280AM, milkhaus, OutFront Colorado, Postmodern, Westword

GOVERNMENT: City and County of Denver, Colorado Creative Industries Division, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Consulate General of Canada in Denver, Consulate General of Mexico in Denver, Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic Germany Cultural Affairs Department, Governor’s Energy Office, Los Angeles Film and TV Office-French Embassy, Mexican Cultural Center, National Endowment for the Arts, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District

FESTIVAL FRIENDS: Allied Integrated Marketing, Asian Art Coordinating Council, Auraria Higher Education Center/Tivoli Student Union, Biker Jim’s Hot Dogs, Blake Street Tavern, Bulleit Bourbon, Capital Grille, Captain Morgan, The Center, Center for Native Ecosystems, CityGrille, Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Rapids Soccer Club, Colorado Screen Actors Guild, Contagious Media, Crème De Lys, Crêpes ‘n Crêpes, Crocs Mexican Bar & Grill, Cuervo Tradicional Tequila, Danny Graul–Black & Read, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Open Media, The Denver Post, Denver Screenprint & Embroidery, Eight Rivers, Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Encore Restaurant, Ergun Tercan European Salon, Fascination Street Gallery, Fine Arts Foundation, Flatirons Land Rover, Fogo de Chao, Freshies, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, Glacéau vitaminwater zero, Goosetown Tavern, Grand Marnier, Guayaki Yerba Mate, Happy Cakes Bakeshop, Hennessy, HobNob TV, House of Commons, House of Windsor, Hutch & Spoon, idolum, Izze Sparkling Juice, Johnnie Walker, Larimer Square, Le Central, Light Factory, Linditas’ Salsa, Love Hope Strength Foundation, M Inc., Mad Greens, Melting Pot, Meltwater News, Mizel Museum, Moët & Chandon Champagne, Noodles & Co., Novo Coffee, The Onion, Pizza Republica, Primebar, Rock Bottom Brewery, Roshambo Films, Royale Limo, SAGIndie, Screen International, Sketch, SpaVital, Sprint, Tanqueray, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Tavern Hospitality Group, Terry Hines & Associates, Tiffany & Co., TownePlace Suites, Trudy Fruity, Twist & Shout, University of Colorado at Denver- College of Arts & Media, Video One, Visit Denver: Denver Arts Week, Wazee Supper Club, Wynkoop Brewing Co., Wystone’s World Teas, Yum Yums Delights

SPECIAL THANKS: Denver Film Society’s Alumni Board, Denver Film Society’s Board Members, Volunteers of the Denver Film Society


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