Saturday, October 29, 2011

SDFF34 is almost here!


The 34th Starz Denver Film Festival is less than a week away! This will be my 8th year attending the festival, and like every previous year, I am extremely excited for the film and event offerings. You should be, too.

Anton Yelchin


Wednesday, Nov 2 (2011) marks the Opening Night of SDFF with a red carpet presentation of the film "Like Crazy" by director Drake Doremus and starring Anton Yelchin (pictured in a half portroid from this year's Comic-Con), Felicity Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence. You still have a chance to buy tickets to see this potentially heartbreaking love story at the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Take that chance.

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Kiefer Sutherland
Thursday, Nov 3 (2011 still) is yet another Opening Night. This time for the Denver FilmCenter on Colfax. The film will be "Melancholia" and unless you already have tickets, you may be out of luck, as it is SOLD OUT! Hey, maybe there will be some tickets at the door, but I doubt it. It's like super popular. The film by filmmaker Lars von Trier stars filmstars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland (pictured in a portroid taken after his performance in the Broadway play "That Championship Season"), and Charlotte Rampling. Ooh la la, two Charlottes in the cast. Seriously, this movie looks cool, but don't depend on my word, click the link below, watch the trailer and lament your not having tickets (or celebrate if you do).



Friday, Nov 4 (2011) is when things really start rolling and the festival screenings kick into full gear. Check it out. See? Over 20 films and events, including a special presentation red carpet at Highlands Church for the documentary "Wish Me Away" about the coming out of country singer/songwriter Chely Wright (in attendance!). Tickets are still available, so you should buy some. OK?

Also on Friday (see date above) is An Evening With Judy Greer featuring a clips package of highlights from her robust career, an interview, and a presentation to her of this year's John Cassavetes Award. Pretty awesome, right? She gets a larger, centered portroid because she will be there IN PERSON!
Judy Greer
You've got some tough decisions to make for Friday, but whichever way you go (as long as you do go) you've made the right choice. Good job!


If you thought Friday was great (you were right), take a look at Saturday (Nov 5, 2011). Over 50 films and events to choose from on this day. The highlight of the schedule for Saturday is the Big Night red carpet screening of "The Descendants" starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne. The film takes place in Hawaii, is based on a novel by Kuai Hart Hemmings, and also stars the aforementioned Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Amara Miller, Shailene Woodley, Robert Forster, Rob Huebel (a portroid favorite), and Matthew Lillard. See it at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at 8 PM. I'll be there. I hope you will be, too.

Also presented on Saturday (and Sunday, Nov 5, 2011) is the documentary "Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson". If you are a fan of the Animal Planet show "Whale Wars", or of caring about the world we live in (particularly the ocean (and those who live in it)), you will not want to miss this film about the founder of the Sea Shepherds and staunch protector of ocean life. It delves into his history and what made him the man he is today. Not to be missed! You can still get tickets for two of the three screenings (that third one? SOLD OUT!).


Over the course of the following week, you will have numerous chances to see some amazing films. Check out the full schedule, read some synopsises, make some choices (even some you might not normally choose), and enjoy the exciting adventure that is the Starz Denver Film Festival.

I will have more to recommend leading up to the festival, and throughout, so look for that in the coming days.

As always, enjoy!
Rick
rick@portroids.com