Get ready for screenings, films and red carpet galas because the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival is on its way. Presenting over 225 films from 40 different countries, Denverites have the opportunity to experience what is known to be “Rocky Mountain Region’s largest film event” attracting more than 55,000 viewers and growing.
Produced by Denver Film Society and sponsored by Starz, many of these films feature everything from student shorts, to an independent film, to feature films that are brought to the public before they hit mainstream and go on to win Academy Awards or other prestigious wins. Film such as “No Country for Old Men”, “The Black Swan” and “Slumdog Millionaire” have graced the screens of Starz Denver Film Festival.
Miss A recently received the opportunity to do exclusive coverage on films, interviews and screenings and is excited to provide reviews to our readers!
Kicking off for the Opening Night is one of the three Red Carpet Specials, “A Late Quartet” which features favorable stars namely Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ivanir, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken. Focusing on the bonds of a string quartet, the cellist, Peter (Christopher Walken), causes “dramatic artistic passions” when he announces he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Making his first directing debut, Dustin Hoffman’s “Quartet” is the second Red Carpet Special. Showing on November 3, “Quartet” tells the tale of a household full of retirees who find it in their hearts to love life and enjoy it to the fullest.
On closing day, “Silver Lining Playbook”, a film about a former teacher (Bradley Cooper) who lives with his parents after a series of mental institutes and meets a mysterious girl (Jennifer Lawrence) along the road to recovery, will be the third Red Carpet Film and final film of the festival.
Besides star-studded films, films written, directed and produced by women are also one of the hot topics. Watch out for “Art of Conflict” directed by Valeri Vaughn or “Bay of All Saints” directed by Annie Eastman. Other themes include Reel Social Clubwhere the young and young-hearted experience films through social parties, panels and screenings and, of course, a section just for Colorado films.
Starz Film Center also recently announced that Vince Vaughn will receive the 2012 John Cassavetes Award, an award given to those ”who has made a significant contribution to the world of filmmaking and whose work reflects the spirit of the late John Cassavetes.”
Starz Denver Film Festival is more than just presenting strong films. In fact, it’s an interactive festival where the community has the chance to vote for the best film and you can vote for several films that tickle your fancy. Film lovers and newbies will also have the chance to participate in industry panels, workshops and witness achievement awards, and tributes.
WHEN: November 1-11, 2012
Red Carpet Presentations will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Buell Theater. Other feature films will be shown in three exclusive locations which are Denver FilmCenter/Colfax, UA Denver Pavilions Stadium 15, and L2 Arts & Culture Center.
TICKETS: Prices vary by film. See a full schedule of films and purchase tickets here. You can also purchase tickets at the Denver FilmCenter/ Colfax or UA Denver Pavillions.