This year marks the 36th opening night for the Denver Film Festival, and like the previous 35, last night's kickoff event took place against a backdrop of glitter, glamour and anticipation. And if director Jason Reitman's Labor Day, which unspooled at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House before many of th ... More >>
Hey, Denver: We've got game. For the last 35 years, we've been able to boast a world-class film festival, and this year's 36th Starz Denver Film Festival only ups the ante. The full schedule, released on Monday and tucked into today's issue of Westword (and also available online), proves the point. ... More >>
The lights and the camera, the big stars and the director's chair -- these are the icons we associate with filmmaking. But the magic on the silver screen wouldn't happen without such key players as casting directors and producers. Local filmmakers and fans can learn about the people behind the scene ... More >>
With just at day to go, the Sie FilmCenter made its $150,000 Kickstarter goal -- which will fund the theater's necessary transition to Digital Cinema Presentation projectors. As incentive for participating in the Kickstarter campaign, Film on the Rocks director Britta Erickson and her crew promise ... More >>
When Film on the Rocks announced its 2013 summer line-up and The Big Lebowski was nowhere to be found for the second year in a row, fans were upset. But the Denver Film Society has saved the best for last: The non-profit announced last night at the season opener of FOTR that for a $25 donation to th ... More >>
The official start of summer is over a month away, but the unofficial start is upon us, with the release of the Film on the Rocks 2013 schedule. There's certain to be some controversy over the selection, but as in years past, the Denver Film Society -- led by FOTR Program Director Britta Erickson -- ... More >>
As with past editions, this year's third annual Women Film Voices Film Festival aligns with the celebration of International Women's Day -- which is Friday, March 8. Curated by festival producer Tammy Brislin, FilmCenter artistic director Brit Withey and festival director Britta Erickson, narrativ ... More >>
The 35th annual Starz Denver Film Festival rolled into its first weekend with a head of steam -- and a pile of cash, thanks to a $2.5 million gift from philanthropists John and Anna Sie that's allowing the Denver Film Society to own its home. Everything hasn't run smoothly over the past few days, bu ... More >>
The opening evening of the Starz Denver Film Festival always focuses on the love of movies, and last night was no exception. But this year (the fest's 35th), the event was also about...a huge pile of cash. Before a big crowd at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, fest vet Ron Henderson revealed that phi ... More >>
It's finally here. The 2012 Film On the Rocks summer line-up at Red Rocks Amphitheatre was announced this evening, and many movies that made the cut were picked for the people, by the people. Though carefully curated by the Denver Film Center -- and led by FOTR Program Director Britta Erickson -- ... More >>
Hollywood's biggest night is coming up on Sunday, and in honor of that most hallowed of cinematic traditions, we've compiled a list of the five best places to watch the Oscars in style.
Big pics below.The 2011 Starz Denver Film Festival's slogan is "Roll out the Red" -- a reference to the many red carpet screenings on tap over the next week and a half or so. The first of those took place last night at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House -- or, as Like Crazy director Drake Doremus ... More >>
"Rabbit Hole."When programmers chose Rabbit Hole to open the Starz Denver Film Festival, they likely did so because of its quality and local link; director John Cameron Mitchell is from Colorado Springs. But this meditation on a couple dealing with a child's death is appropriate for another r ... More >>
George Hickenlooper and friend.Saturday brought news about the shocking death of George Hickenlooper, Mayor John Hickenlooper's filmmaking cousin, who was in Denver to screen his latest flick, Casino Jack, as part of the Starz Denver Film Festival. The show will go on, says festival director ... More >>
Surprise! J.K. Simmons is in town! Oh, wait: you already knew that...Last week, the folks behind the Starz Denver Film Festival ballyhooed a last-minute addition to the schedule -- a Sunday screening of a picture "on a clear runway to the Oscars" that would be introduced by a "surprise" appea ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the Denver Film SocietyEd Harris with his co-stars for the evening, Starz Denver Film Festival co-founder Ron Henderson and Mayor John Hickenlooper.The Starz Denver Film Festival is seldom able to lure the biggest name actors to make appearances even when using its annual Ma ... More >>
"Precious" director Lee Daniels got emotional. Not fake emotional. Real emotional.It's been a tough year for the Denver Film Society. Not only has the economy wreaked havoc on the organization, necessitating shortened hours of operation, but internal turmoil boiled over in June, when executiv ... More >>
Late Monday, the Denver Film Society announced that a search was already under way for a new executive director to take the place of Bo Smith, who'd finally been dismissed just two days before. "We are looking for a permanent replacement," DFS board chair David Charmatz told me. "We'll decide as a ... More >>
If this were a movie, one insider theorizes, it would be like Crash, with everyone going through the same situation -- but seeing it entirely differently. Last Monday, as Westword was going to press (we have new deadlines for our new format -- although the paper still hits the street Wednesday af ... More >>
The eight Oscars collected last night by Slumdog Millionaire during last night's 81st Academy Awards presentation didn't just reflect well on the Hollywood film community, which chose to reward an oddball tale chock-a-block with subtitles and set in the unlikely locale of Mumbai, India. It also rewa ... More >>
The Denver Film Society hosts an Oscar-night bash.
The Last Night presentation of the Denver Film Festival should be a triumphant moment: an opportunity to sum up all that's best about the fest in one last blast of cinematic joy. But it doesn't always work out that way, as is demonstrated by the 2007 blog "August Rush Closes the Denver Film Festival ... More >>
Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo in the Rian Johnson film The Brothers Bloom. The Brothers Bloom offered the folks behind the 31st Starz Denver Film Festival with a win-win situation at last night's opening night. The film has a local hook of sorts: Its director, Rian Johnson, spent part of his youth ... More >>
Bill Pullman. There are plenty of interesting movies on the 31st Starz Denver Film Festival's schedule, but not a heckuva lot of star power. Don't know if the announcement that actor Bill Pullman will be receiving the fest's John Cassavetes Award on November 23 changes that equation much. But at l ... More >>
Closing night didn't shut the door on the 30th annual Starz Denver Film Festival. Other selections began unspooling around the same time or after the start of this bash at other participating theaters, and a full slate of flicks was available for viewing the following day. As such, the November 17 e ... More >>
The folks behind the 30th annual Starz Denver Film Festival didn’t discover Juno, the film at the center of the bash’s November 10 “Big Night” presentation at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The indie previously received major plaudits at festivals in Rome and Hollywood, and the buzz around ... More >>
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