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Nathaniel Rateliff and A. Tom Collins to headline ROCK THE 'FEST presented by Reel Social Club and Rock the Vote - Stephen Gyllenhaal's Grassroots set as Reel Social Club Special Presentation

Reel Social Club (RSC), an extension of the Denver Film Society (DFS), announced today that Jason Ritter will receive an Indie Voice Award at the Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF). The Reel Social Club Indie Voice Award celebrates prominent individuals who help foster an appreciation of film culture within the independent film industry. SDFF will run November 1 through November 11 in Denver.


"Since the 2008 Sundance break out hit Good Dick, Jason Ritter has returned to the independent film scene year after year with Peter and VandyThe Dry LandThe Perfect Family, and most recently,Free Samples," said Reel Social Club Co-Founder, Jenny Bloom. "We are truly honored to welcome him to this festival and present him with the first ever Indie Voice Award, setting the precedent of talented actors our generation admires for years to come."


Director Jay Gammill's debut feature, Free Samples, tells the story of disaffected Jillian, a twentysomething law school dropout facing a quarter-life crisis. Adrift in Los Angeles, Jillian discovers that her lack of talent makes her dream of pursuing the arts pointless. She surrounds herself with an oddball group of friends who reinforce her feeling that life isn't going as planned. The disgruntled heroine vacillates between cold and believably heartrending as she struggles to find her place in the world.


The Indie Voice Award presentation will take place Thursday, November 8 at the Free Samplesscreening at L2 Arts & Culture Center. Immediately following, SDFF Festival Director Britta Erickson will lead an audience Q&A where attendees will have an opportunity to discuss Free Samples with in-person guests, Jason Ritter, Tippi Hedren, Jay Gammill, and Joseph McKelheer.


In addition to the award presentation, Reel Social Club will host an evening at the Starz Denver Film Festival on Sunday, November 4. Stephen Gyllenhaal will be in person for the Special Presentation screening of his latest film, Grassroots, at the L2 Arts & Culture Center at 6:30pm. Following an audience Q&A, Nathaniel Rateliff and A. Tom Collins will headline ROCK THE 'FEST at the Bluebird Theater.


"Presenting the politically inspired Grassroots and partnering with Rock the Vote to host a private concert was just a natural fit for our official night during the Starz Denver Film Festival," said Reel Social Club Co-Founder, Katie Shapiro. "And with the timing of the election two days after, we hope that 'Rock the 'Fest' celebrates the importance of our generation's voice and helps to activate the young vote in Denver."


In the fact-based dramatic comedy Grassroots, scenes of beautiful but traffic-choked Seattle make a strong case for young City Council candidate Grant Cogswell's single cause: extension of the city's quiet, efficient monorail. Cogswell improbably came very close to unseating the incumbent in 2001.


ROCK THE 'FEST attendees will receive complimentary bites by Mike2Kitchen Food Truck and hosted Captain Morgan's, Ciroc Vodka, and Stella Artois. Tickets to Free SamplesGrassroots, and ROCK THE 'FEST are included in the Reel Package which can be purchased by contacting Alison Greenberg at (303) 595-3456 ext. 229 or alison@denverfilm.org. Individual tickets are available atdenverfilm.org.


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About Reel Social Club:

Reel Social Club was founded in 2010 as the first and official young patron extension of the Denver Film Society. Members get plugged into local film culture through exclusive parties, private screenings, and film festival experiences, which directly supports the Denver Film Society's year-round programming. Its mission is to introduce fresh audiences to the DFS and help foster an appreciation of film culture in the community.


About the Denver Film Society:

Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, non-profit SCFD Tier II cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival and Film on the Rocks. The Denver FilmCenter/Colfax presents film programs daily and is Denver's first and only year-round cinematheque. Members of DFS support one-of-a-kind programs reaching more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training each year.  


About Rock the Vote:  

Rock the Vote's mission is to engage and build political power for young people in our country. Founded twenty-one years ago at the intersection of popular culture and politics, Rock the Vote has registered more than five million young people to vote and has become a trusted source of information for young people about registering to vote and casting a ballot.  We use music, popular culture, new technologies and grassroots organizing to motivate and mobilize young people in our country to participate in every election, with the goal of seizing the power of the youth vote to create political and social change. The Millennial Generation is diverse and huge in number, making up nearly 1/4 of the entire electorate in 2012.  This is both the challenge and the opportunity.  Rock the Vote is dedicated to building the political power of young people by engaging them in the electoral process, urging politicians to pay attention to issues that matter to young voters, and protecting their fundamental right to vote.  Our goal is to reinvigorate our country's democracy and redefine citizenship for a generation in 2012 and beyond.

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