The Starz Come Out

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
Nov. 1-11, 2012

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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