Friday, November 05, 2010

33SDFF Underway!!

As promised by the ceaseless course of time, the 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival is already upon us and well begun. If you have not yet partaken, you have missed two great events thus far, but fear not! The schedule for the remaining 9 days is jam packed with awesomeness, and you should do your level best to engage in it.

If you attended Opening Night and Opening Night (2), then you know November 3 and 4 were quite extraordinary. The first Opening Night (official) included a red carpet and screening of the film "Rabbit Hole", as well as the Excellence in Acting Award for Aaron Eckhart. Here are some portroids I took at the event:
Aaron Eckhart, actor, on the red carpet at the Starz Denver Film Festival
John Cameron Mitchell, director, on the red carpet at the Starz Denver Film Festival
Britta Erickson, Festival Director, on the red carpet

Last night was the second Opening Night. This time for the opening of the new Denver FilmCenter on Colfax. It is the new headquarters for the Denver Film Society and quite a beautiful venue. There was a red carpet and two films screened. "Casino Jack" and "Morning". Here are some relevant portroids:
Leland Orser, director of "Morning", on the red carpet
Elliott Gould, actor ("Morning") and recipient of the Cassavettes Award

Governor-elect, Mayor John Hickenlooper, presenting for "Casino Jack" (this photo from 31st Starz Denver Film Festival)

Jenny Bloom, PR/Media Relations, at the Denver FilmCenter on Colfax

Now you may be wondering what films you should see over the next week +. Well, my friend, here are some that I have seen, or at least some that I would recommend based on hearsay.

Blank City - I loved this documentary. If you are interested in the history of independent film coupled with the history of 1970's New York City in the Lower East Side during the days of the punk revolution, this film is for you. Luckily for me, I was interested in those very things. See it this Saturday (Nov 6, 2010) or Sunday (Nov 7, 2010).

Come Undone - I'm not sure how I feel about this Italian film. How's that for a review? It's the tale of two people who, despite being in seemingly happy marriages, are overwhelmed with lust for one another and engage in an affair which threatens both of their contented homes. You're a grown up, make your own decision on whether to see this film. It screens today (Nov 5) and tomorrow (Nov 6) (both in 2010).

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone - An excellent documentary which tells the tale of the punk, ska, rock band Fishbone, from inception, to the cusp of fame, to disintegration, and back to the path of rock and roll redemption. An interesting study in the dynamics of this unique band and the personalities that defined it. Definitely worth a viewing. Screens next Thursday (Nov 11) and next Saturday (Nov 13).

happythankyoumoreplease - I haven't seen this movie, but I want to. One screening already sold out. Don't miss your chance to catch another. Screens today (Nov 5), Sunday (Nov 7 - sold out), and Monday (Nov 8). Here are some portroid connections to this film:
Malin Akerman at the 2010 Maui Film Festival
Zoe Kazan, after a play in NYC
Richard Jenkins, at the Starz Denver Film Festival 2008
Pablo Schreiber, after a play in NYC

I Love You Phillip Morris - Again, I haven't seen this, but it looks good to me. If you think it looks good, why don't you see it? Starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. It screens Sat (Nov 6) and Sun (Nov 7).

Marwencol - I saw this documentary and was fascinated by it. After being beaten brutally, a man, to aid in his own recovery, creates a world with 12" action figures and Barbie dolls in his backyard and lives a second life through it. The photographs that retell these stories are stunning. See this film next Saturday (Nov 13) and Sunday (Nov 14).

Monogamy - OK, fine, yet another movie I haven't yet seen. But ... at least with this one, I saw a panel discussion by the director and one of the stars during the Tribeca Film Festival, so with an educated guess I'll recommend it. It's probably good. Go see it, sight unseen and word untold. Sunday (Nov 7) and Tuesday (Nov 9). Here are some portroid connections:

Dana Adam Shapiro, director, at Tribeca Talks
Chris Messina, at Tribeca Talks
Zak Orth, after a comedy show at the Bluebird Theater in Denver

Nice Guy Johnny - Kerry Bishe will be receiving the Rising Star Award at this screening, so, you know, go check it out. Tomorrow (Nov 6).

The People vs. George Lucas - I'm wicked psyched to see this documentary. < that's good reporting, right? It screens next Sunday (Nov 14, 2010).

We Are The Sea - This is a film by director Neil Truglio. Neil previously ran the press group for the Starz Denver Film Festival and was the first person to ever give me a chance at doing any official coverage. For that I will always be thankful. I was very excited to see his film and thought it was great. It is beautifully shot and excellently acted. The story kept me invested throughout and I rooted for the characters, which is always a plus. The soundtrack by Iron & Wine underlies the film wonderfully. It is, at its heart, indie and speaks to and of a generation where losing your way is easier than any of us would like to believe, but so is finding it again. I recommend this film. The first screening on Friday (Nov 12) is sold out, but you can still get tickets for next Saturday (Nov 13).
Neil Truglio, writer/director "We Are The Sea"

There are two more red carpet events: 127 Hours (tonight!) and Black Swan (next Saturday (Nov 13)). There are plenty of other amazing events, including panels and films and animation stations and other amazing events (previously stated). I hope to see you there and all around the festival. If you see me, say hello. I may just give you an awkward smile and confused look, but that's just because you're kind of weird (just kidding, I am).


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