Last year’s inaugural SeriesFest brought a week of TV-centric events to the Sie FilmCenter that celebrated the past, present and future of storytelling on the boob tube. Now get ready for season two.
SeriesFest announced today that talented Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Sia will kick off the second SeriesFest with a special performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Wednesday, June 22, followed by the big-screen premiere of the BBC's new nature show, The Hunt, presented by Emmy Award-winning television stalwarts Alastair Fothergill and Huw Cordey. Last year's SeriesFest premiered at Red Rocks with a stirring performance by John Legend and a hilarious — though rain-soaked — set by comedian Whitney Cummings.
"We are thrilled to host Sia and present the North American premiere of BBC America's The Hunt for SeriesFest: Season Two's opening night," says Randi Kleiner, CEO of SeriesFest. "The natural setting of Red Rocks will provide a magical backdrop to experience the majesty of The Hunt and a rare live performance by Sia, who continues to bring a fresh voice to storytelling through music. This is the perfect way to kick off this year’s five-day celebration of episodic storytelling."
Sia is no stranger to television; her song "Breathe Me" broke hearts the world over in the last episode of the HBO series Six Feet Under, creating what many call the “most perfect series finale EVER.” She also appeared on the second season of the much-lauded series Transparent. Sia has not yet announced dates or even a Denver stop for her tour this year, so this will be a way to definitely catch the shy yet bold singer.
The Hunt — a seven-episode series produced by Fothergill and Cordey. who also brought Planet Earth, The Blue Planet and The Frozen Planet to television — follows the delicate dance between hunters and their prey, showing how animals strategize their stalking of other creatures for survival, and how the hunted make attempts to escape and survive themselves. Sir Richard Attenborough narrated the show, which will debut on BBC America later this July.
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"We can't think of a more stunning location than Red Rocks to premiere a show as vivid and visceral as The Hunt,” says BBC AMERICA president and general manager Sarah Barnett in announcing the premiere. “We're excited to be a part of SeriesFest, and are honored to open the festival in the company of the amazing, multi-talented Sia."
SeriesFest debuted in Denver last June as "an international celebration dedicated to showcasing the best new pilots from established and emerging content creators," says Kleiner. "At a time when entertainment is expanding and evolving across multiple platforms, the need for a diverse range of programming is greater than ever. As trailblazers in independent content development, we aim to create a global marketplace for episodic storytelling."
Tickets for opening night of Series Fest at Red Rocks will be available at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 15, at seriesfest.com. VIP passes for SeriesFest will be available at 2 p.m. that same day, with single tickets for Sie FilmCenter programs, which run June 23 to 26, on sale starting Friday, May 27.