Friday, November 06, 2009

Coming Soon - 32nd Starz Denver Film Festival (Nov 12 - 22, 2009)

Longtime readers will recall that every year I attend the Starz Denver Film Festival and take the opportunity to see many amazing films and meet and photograph (in portroid form) some very cool people participating in festival events. This year will be no different (well, a little different (I'll be out of town for the first big weekend of the festival)).

The festival starts next week (Thursday, November 12, 2009) with the opening night film 'Precious' at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. I'll be there. Will you? Only if you bought tickets before now, because, my friend, that event is sold out. If you waited until now, you waited too long. Didn't I warn you about this? What were you thinking? Sorry. But, all is not lost. You still have a chance to buy tickets for most of the other events (though they are selling out fast, so I wouldn't wait long).

That said, there are 200 or so movies to choose from over the 11 day festival. So, check out the schedule and start picking out what you want to watch. Even if you're not in Denver, you should totally fly or drive here and hang out and enjoy some films you may not otherwise get a chance to see. You won't be sorry (and you'll be helping the economy (double win!))!

The big events this year are the Opening Night film 'Precious' (as I already said), An Evening with Ed Harris (who you know I already met once, but am looking forward to seeing again), Excellence in Acting Award for Hal Holbrook, Women + Film panel with AnnaSophia Robb (who you also know I met a few years ago at the Starz Denver Film Festival), Big Night film 'The Last Station', and the Closing Night film 'The Young Victoria'.

Some of the other films I am looking forward to seeing (other than the ones I already mentioned) are:
PoliWood
Leaves of Grass (one screening already sold out)
Who's Afraid of the Wolf?
Protector
Happy Tears
Best Worst Movie
Memory (sold out!)
Son of the Sunshine
Official Rejection
Children of Invention
Tales from the Script
Everybody's Fine
Footprints
Please, Please Me
The Vicious Kind
Passenger Side
Youth in Revolt
Buick Riviera
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus

Go online and choose some films that fit your taste (and some that don't (expand your view)) and come to the festival. I'll be happy to talk to you before or after the movie (as long as you're not super boring or overly talkative (how about maybe a five minute test conversation?)) about what you've seen or your thoughts on what we just saw. Sounds fun, right? Of course it is!! I apologize in advance if I am super boring or overly talkative.

Don't you dare think I forgot to mention the amazing lineup of directors, producers, actors, and other talent attending this year's festival. I haven't forgotten!! I just don't have time to list them now. I'll cover it next time (probably). (sneak preview: I'm excited to possibly meet Adam Scott and J.K. Simmons)

I'll be posting up some pre-festival film reviews in the next week to help you make your decisions. Look for it!

See you at the festival (Starz Denver Film),
Rick
portroids@hotmail.com


P.S. Please go see Garbage Dreams. I saw it at the Vail Film Festival earlier this year and it was amazing.

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