Film and TV

Starz Denver Film Festival: Schedule and events bring Hollywood to the Mile High City

The Starz Denver Film Festival has announced its film lineup for this year's twelve-day extravaganza, and it includes a lead-off production directed by George Hickenlooper, the mayor's cousin, which will open the new Denver FilmCenter/Colfax.

All told the fest, November 3-14, will showcase 200 movies, as well as receptions, panel discussions, awards and stars.

And as usual, it will include three Red Carpet galas: Opening night on November 3 will feature Rabbit Hole, a John Cameron Mitchell-directed drama starring Nicole Kidman; Big Night on November 5, focuses on 127 Hours (starring James Franco), the story of Colorado climber Aron Ralston, who cut off his own hand to save himself after becoming trapped by a boulder; and Closing Night on November 13, wraps it all up with Black Swan.

But there will also be a fourth Red Carpet event highlighting the Denver Film Society's new home in the former Neighborhood Flix space. The organization announced last week that it will move from its longtime home at the Starz FilmCenter on the Auraria campus to the Colfax location; the film festival will be split between the two theaters.

Casino Jack, which stars Kevin Spacey as disgraced Bush-era lobbyist Jack Abramoff will be the featured film for the venue's debut. The moved was directed by George Hickenlooper and there is a cameo role by his cousin John.

In addition to the Hickenloopers, some other notables who might be floating around town include directors Mitchell and Danny Boyle, actors Aaron Eckhart and Elliot Gould, and Ralston himself.

For the full festival lineup, information about tickets and other events, pick up a copy of this week's Westword (with the Overcasters on the cover) or log onto the Denver Film Festival website.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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