DENVER – Oct. 28, 2021 – Denver Film announced today the addition of two Special Presentation screenings to its Denver Film Festival lineup. JULIA, a documentary on the career of the iconic cook, author and television superstar Julia Child, as well as Black Western THE HARDER THEY FALL will serve as the premiere screenings and official reopening of the newly renovated Sie FilmCenter on the Festival’s first full day of programming. JULIA, featured in the Women + Film Showcase, will screen Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. followed by the 7:30 p.m. screening of THE HARDER THEY FALL, co-presented with the Color of Conversation/Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival.
JULIA, from Oscar-nominated RBG filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West, brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s 12-year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star. It’s the empowering story of a woman who found her purpose – and her fame – at 50, and took America along on the whole delicious journey.
THE HARDER THEY FALL, from writers Boaz Yakin and Jeymes Samuel, features a star-filled cast including Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, RJ Cyler, Oscar-winning Regina King, Idris Elba and Lakeith Stanfield. Samuel, who fell in love with westerns as a child growing up in London, uses his directorial debut to tell the story of two rival gangs – led by Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) and Rufus Buck (Idris Elba). The Netflix film has received very favorable reviews from critics for delivering a new view on the traditional western.
“We’ve been waiting for more than a year-and-a-half for the opportunity to reopen our Sie FilmCenter to our dedicated members and cinephiles throughout the Denver area and we could not be more excited to be able to welcome everyone back to our newly remodeled home with the screening of these two very special presentations,” said Denver Film Festival Artistic Director, Matthew Campbell.
To view the full schedule of in-person screenings, Red Carpets, special presentations and guest panels for the 44th Denver Film Festival, Nov. 3-14, as well as a robust lineup of virtual screenings and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.denverfilm.org/denverfilmfestival/dff44/. General Admission tickets are $13 for Denver Film members/$17 non-member. Matinee tickets are $8 for Denver Film members/$11 non-member (weekdays only).
DFF44 COVID Protocol
Denver Film will require that all Festival patrons, guests, media, sponsors, employees and volunteers entering DFF44 venues or event host sites from Nov. 3-14 show proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine. Children under the age of 12 ― who are currently ineligible to receive the vaccine―must instead provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of a screening or event start time.
To review DFF’s full COVID-19 protocol, visit: https://www.denverfilm.org/denverfilmfestival/dff44/covid-safety/
2021 Denver Film Festival Sponsors:
Spotlight – Butler Rents, SeriesFest, University of Denver – Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, William LaBahn
Studio – American Airlines, Green Goo, Overture 9th + CO, Shopify
Cameo – Colorado Film and Video Association, Crested Butte Film Festival, CORT, Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Gopuff, Intrinsic Wine Co., Meow Wolf, Milkhaus, Molly’s Spirits, Ratio Beerworks, Syntrinsic, The Palm Group – Baird, TV5MONDE
Government & Foundations – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, Consulate General of Canada, Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, National Endowment for the Arts, Riverfront Park Community Foundation, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)
Media – 5280, Birdy, CBS4, Colorado Public Radio (CPR), Denver Life, Rocky Mountain PBS, Westword
Film – Bank of Colorado, Ballard Spahr, Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Dance to Be Free, Denver Screen Print & Embroidery, Emerge Colorado, LivWell, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, Pizzeria Locale, SAGindie, Telescope, University of Colorado Denver – College of Arts & Media, U.S. Bank, VenuHub, Visit Denver, Vizzy Hard Seltzer
Partners – Colorado Dragon Boat, Colorado Symphony, Denver Arts & Venues, I Am Denver, Ken’s Print & Graphics, McNichols Civic Center Building, Pearl Street Marketing
About Denver Film
Founded in 1978, Denver Film is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, Denver Film provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences.
The permanent home of Denver Film, the Sie FilmCenter is Denver’s only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary – over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. Denver Film’s one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training.
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