Last night the 33rd Denver Film Festival began thanks to Starz and several other sponsors. The Ellie Caulkins Opera House was full of enthusiastic members of the film community and Denver natives alike, several who could call themselves both. Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) was there to receive the Excellence in Acting Award at the opening night showing of his new film, Rabbit Hole. He costars with Nicole Kidman, director John Cameron Mitchell was there to promote the film and provide excellent insight into the film.
“We started with the extraordinary play,” said Mitchell. “Then we focused on taking the verbal elements of the play and turning them into visual pieces for the film.”
He spoke highly of the actors cast in the film, saying that “it was hard to better.” He aimed to make a film that showed real people and situations, similar to such classics as Ordinary People and Kramer vs. Kramer. Rabbit Hole showed last night only so if you missed it you’ll have to wait until December 17 for the limited release in Denver movie theaters.
Other filmmakers from around the world showed up at the red carpet event to promote their films. A total of 200 films will be showing at several locations until November 14 when the festival closes. The cast and directors of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher were on hand and loved the greeting they were receiving from Colorado.
“There’s nothing like it to see your film go from a little seed into something this huge,” said director Justin Monroe.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher shows Saturday, November 6 at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m., both screenings are at the Tivoli location.
Neil Truglio, a Denver native, was there to talk about his film, We are the Sea. “It’s a cautionary tale,” Truglio explained. “It’s the story of a lost man who is trying to discover the path to happiness and joy but the path is difficult.”
The filmmakers talked about the support of the Colorado film community and they hope the support can continue to grow as they found a lot of help, but faced several hurdles as well. Their passion for filmmaking and trying to grow that industry in Colorado was apparent.
“It was a tremendous experience,” said actress Chantelle Frazier.
We are the Sea shows Friday, November 12 at 6:45 p.m. at the Colfax location and Saturday, November 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Tivoli location.
The cast and director of Leading Ladies were massive fans of Colorado and were excited to be showing in their home state after shooting the film in the Midwest. The story is about an overbearing mother dealing with her children. The film follows a family of dancers and they found incredible ways to ensure that dance played a pivotal part of the story.
“Dance is the glue.” Co-writer and star Erika Beahm continued, “We found that the dance told the story of the characters and charges the story forward.”
Leading Ladies shows Saturday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the Colfax location.
Check out the online guide to see more information on everything the 33rd Denver Film Festival will have to offer, see what times movies are playing and where, when filmmakers will be in person for their screenings to meet them and hear about their process, ticketing information and more. Keep checking back for reviews of movies showing at the festival as well as an interview with Rabbit Hole star Aaron Eckhart. Subscribe above to receive instant e-mails on what’s happening in Denver movie theaters.