If you’re only going to see one thing at this year’s Starz Denver Film Festival, you should go big. “If you’re going to just see one movie — I guess it counts as one movie — see the fifteen-hour documentary The Story of Film,” says Keith Garcia, Denver Film Society programming manager. You won’t be able to stop with just one, though (even if it is a gargantuan fifteen hours); this year’s festival offers way too much great programming for that.
That programming includes a diverse selection of new and classic films, among them brand-new indie comedies like Not That Funny and all-time greats like Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion. Then there are the spotlight programs on everything from Argentine film to the Watching Hour’s genre delights to a look at Colorado’s homegrown film talent. The festival also offers panels, awards and tributes, with a star-studded lineup of guests including zombie godfather George A. Romero and superstar Vince Vaughn. Panels and other special events will cover topics ranging from a look at the behind-the-scenes talent that makes film possible to a special series of wine and film pairings.
It all kicks off tonight with a screening of A Late Quartet at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, with a special VIP launch event before the movie. Ten more days of film and fun follow at multiple venues including the Denver Film-Center, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, and the Pavilions 15, 500 16th Street. Prices start at $12, with a number of special options available, including day passes. For tickets, info and a complete schedule of events, visit www.denverfilm.org.
Nov. 1-11, 2012