Friday, November 14, 2008

31st Starz Denver Film Festival - Opening Night!

Last night, November 13, 2008, marked the opening (Opening Night, in fact) of the Starz Denver Film Festival (the 31st one). The film was The Brothers Bloom, directed by Rian Johnson. I was positioned at the head of the red carpet and was able to take some fun and interesting (says I) new portroids. I'm sure you'll agree (maybe).

First off is Neil Truglio, Director of Marketing for the festival. I tried to get the red carpet in the background, which is why he is off-center in the photo, but it was dissolved into black by the quick Polaroid flash. My apologies to the red carpet.

Next up is Bill Plympton. Bill has a film in the festival. I've seen it. It's quite good. It's called "Idiots and Angels". You can see it today. In fact, you should see it today. Click here to buy tickets. It is an animated film about good versus evil, or more appropriately the good in us trying to overcome the evil, but with the evil fighting the good in every way possible. Worth a watch.

Majid Majidi is an Oscar nominated director from Iran. He has two films in the festival this year. "Children of Heaven" is the film which earned him the nomination and it screens tonight. Buy tickets. His new film, "Song of Sparrows", screens tomorrow (November 15). I hope you already have tickets, though, because it is sold out. I have mine (bragger).

I took a portroid of Majid Majidi last night and, as you can see below, it came out with a yellow aura with some trailing lights. I don't think there were actually any lights in the background, so this is just some sort of filmic magic that follows Mr. Majidi around (my guess (highly educated)). I may take another portroid of him tomorrow to test my theory, but I would kind of hate to be proven wrong. No other pictures in this cartridge had this effect.

Ron Henderson (pictured with his wife, Judy) is the founder of the Starz Denver Film Festival. He served as artistic director for 30 years. He is now the Senior Program Consultant. I spoke briefly with his wife about the discontinuation of Polaroid film. We lamented together. She called me an artist, so she is my new favorite person (until someone else says something nice about me). Thanks, Judy. And thanks, Ron.

Rian Johnson, who you may know as the director of "Brick", was the star of the night. His film "The Brothers Bloom" was the Opening Night event. He spent his younger years in Denver and still has family here. His mother, father, and brother were on the red carpet as well. His new film is a comedy about two con-men brothers and their heiress mark. You'll have to wait until it hits theaters to see it, because unless you were there last night (or unless you have a time machine (in which case I need to cut some sort of deal with you to borrow it for a quick trip back to 1984 so I can tell my then-self to use the restroom before Science class on that one day when it would've saved me some embarrassment (minor))), you won't have a chance to see it at this festival. Go see this movie (if you like fun movies about con-men and their shut-in heiress mark filmed in beautiful locales around the world), and seriously, let me know about the time machine thing. Thanks.

That's it for last night.

Tonight I am going to see Darren Aronofsky's new film "The Wrestler", starring Mickey Rourke. You, too, can see it, if you buy tickets. I am also considering hanging around for the midnight premiere of the documentary "His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th". The first Jason, Ari Lehman is expected to attend (plus additional special guests). If you're a Friday the 13th fan (and I know you probably are), you wouldn't miss this.

See you at the movies in the aisle seat (I think that's some sort of catchphrase),

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