DENVER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL RED CARPET PRESENTATION, VR EXPERIENCES, AND NEW FILM SELECTIONS

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DENVER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL RED CARPET PRESENTATION, VR EXPERIENCES, AND NEW FILM SELECTIONS

The 41st Denver Film Festival will Spotlight Ben Is Back—with director Peter Hedges in-person, showcase unique Virtual Reality and Immersive Experiences, as well as present the best in cinema from around the world

October 8, 2018 (DENVER) – The Denver Film Festival (DFF), produced by Denver Film Society (DFS), announced today an additional Red Carpet Presentation for its Spotlight selection on November 2 at 9:30pm. DFF41 welcomes filmmaker Peter Hedges back to the Festival with his latest film, BEN IS BACK. Starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges, BEN IS BACK is the complex, character-driven drama about a day in the life of a family surprised on Christmas Eve by the return from rehab of their 19-year-old son. Mr. Hedges will be on-hand to introduce the film to Denver audiences, as well as participate in an on-stage conversation immediately following the screening.

“We are excited to welcome writer/director Peter Hedges back to the Denver Film Festival with his new film Ben is Back,” says Festival Director, Britta Erickson. “Ben is Back is a moving tribute to the modern family, with Oscar®-worthy performances from both Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges.”

BEN IS BACK joins an already robust list of Red Carpet Presentations, including Opening Night selection, THE FAVOURITE, October 31 at 8pm, Centerpiece title THE UPSIDE, November 2 at 6pm, Big Night presentation, THE FRONT RUNNER, featuring director Jason Reitman in-person on November 8 at 8pm, and Closing Night title VOX LUX, November 10 at 8pm.

DFF41 announced the presentation of two Virtual Reality and Immersive Experiences that will be featured at the Festival this year. TERMINAL 3 is an interactive, augmented-reality documentary that explores contemporary Muslim identities in the U.S. through the lens of an airport interrogation. As viewers put on the Hololens, they step into the uncanny to directly interrogate, and determine the fate of, the hologram passenger before them. These interrogations become strikingly personal encounters that only end when the participant decides if the hologram should be let into the country – or not. Audiences can purchase tickets for this very special experience when tickets go on-sale to the public. HAMLET-MOBILE is an immersive, site-specific adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet staged in a cargo van. It consists of 8 different short pieces performed for audiences of 1 to 4 people. On a given night, the HAMLET-MOBILE parks in a predetermined location then performs one of the eight pieces on a loop for several hours. These exclusive performances will also be ticketed through the DFF41 Box Office or online at www.denverfilm.org.

Additional highlighted selections from the 2018 Festival lineup, include the Reel Social Club selection of American independent feature IN A RELATIONSHIP, Sam Boyd’s debut rom-com which examines 20-something love over the course of a Los Angeles summer. Director Sam Boyd will appear in-person along with actress Dree Hemmingway; both will be on-hand to converse with Denver audiences following their screening on November 2 at 7:15pm. ON HER SHOULDERS, which tells the story of young Nadia Murad, who dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her native Iraq. Instead, she survived genocide, escaped sexual slavery, and became—at all of 23 years old—a voice for the Yazidi community, one known to UN dignitaries and encamped refugees alike, will screen three times within the Festival. Nadia Murad was named this week as the recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Special Presentation title COLD WAR tells the story of Wiktor and Zula, who meet amid the post-war ruins of Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris in this lush romantic drama filmed entirely in black and white. It was selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards®. In the CinemaQ Presentation of RAFIKI, two teenage girls Kena and Ziki long for something more than marriage and motherhood; their ambition and independence unites them as they navigate conservative Kenyan society. But when their friendship blossoms into love, they know they will have to make hard choices in this moving coming-of-age drama. This film, Kenya’s Official Selection for Academy Award® consideration, is receiving a serious amount of international attention after a Kenyan high court temporarily lifted the ban on RAFIKI a movie about love between two women. The ruling allowed Kenyan adults to view the movie for the first time in the country for just one week. MEOW WOLF: ORIGIN STORY, the documentary on the famous art museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the compelling inside story of Meow Wolf, the scrappy group of artists whose struggles to control their collective vision have only grown with the wild success of their large-scale exhibitions. Meow Wolf will be opening a Denver location in 2020.

DFF41 will present more than 250 titles including local, national and international cinema, industry panels, achievement awards and tributes, as well as a Focus on Hungarian Cinema. The full 12-day Festival program will be announced on Wednesday, October 10.

The year-round home of DFS, the Sie FilmCenter, will serve as the anchor venue for the Festival. Screenings will also be presented at the UA Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall, and all Red Carpet Presentations will screen at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. DFS will also be bringing back the Festival Annex, located inside the McNichols Building at Civic Center Park. The Annex will play host to panel discussions, virtual reality, interactive and immersive experiences, community engagement, and a Festival Lounge for the public.

Films, Virtual Reality & Immersive Experiences Announced Today:

BEN IS BACK / dir. Peter Hedges / USA
Director Peter Hedges in-person
Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges star with Courtney B. Vance in this emotionally complex, character-driven drama about a day in the life of a family surprised on Christmas Eve by the return from rehab of their 19-year-old son, an addict whose past—if it is past—continues to haunt them all.

COLD WAR (ZIMNA WOJNA) / dir. Paweł Pawlikowski / Poland/France/UK
Wiktor and Zula meet amid the post-war ruins of Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris in this lush romantic drama filmed entirely in black and white. Complicated by politics, their own character flaws, and tragic twists of fate, theirs is an impossible love story for impossible times.

HAMLET-MOBILE / dir. Lauren Ludwig / USA
Hamlet-Mobile is an immersive, site-specific adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet staged in a cargo van. It consists of 8 different short pieces performed for audiences of 1 to 4 people. On a given night, the Hamlet-Mobile parks in a predetermined location then performs one of the eight pieces on a loop for several hours.

IN A RELATIONSHIP / dir. Sam Boyd / USA
Director Sam Boyd and actress Dree Hemmingway in-person
In what he calls a “deliberately simple story,” Sam Boyd’s debut rom-com examines 20-something love over the course of a Los Angeles summer, as two couples experience all the angst, insecurity, humor, and frustration of being in a relationship. Emma Roberts co-stars.

MEOW WOLF: ORIGIN STORY / dir. Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller / USA
Artists Golda Blaise and Oliver Polzin in-person
Frankenstein’s monster takes many forms. Here’s the compelling inside story of Meow Wolf, the scrappy group of Santa Fe artists whose struggles to control their collective vision have only grown with the wild success of their large-scale exhibitions. With Game of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin.

ON HER SHOULDERS / dir. Alexandria Bombach / USA
Young Nadia Murad dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her native Iraq. Instead, she survived genocide, escaped sexual slavery, and became—at all of 23 years old—a voice for the Yazidi community, one known to UN dignitaries and encamped refugees alike. This is her extraordinary story.

RAFIKI / dir. Wanuri Kahiu / Kenya/South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France
Teenage girls Kena and Ziki long for something more than marriage and motherhood; their ambition and independence unites them as they navigate conservative Kenyan society. But when their friendship blossoms into love, they know they will have to make hard choices in this moving coming-of-age drama.

TERMINAL 3 / dir. Asad J. Malik / USA/Pakistan
Terminal 3 is an interactive, augmented-reality documentary that explores contemporary Muslim identities in the U.S. through the lens of an airport interrogation. As viewers put on the Hololens, they step into the uncanny to directly interrogate, and determine the fate of, the hologram passenger before them. These interrogations become strikingly personal encounters that only end when the participant decides if the hologram should be let into the country – or not.

Individual tickets go on sale to DFS members on Wednesday, October 10 and to the general public on Friday, October 12. High-level members will be able to purchase their tickets in advance of the public and member on-sale dates. Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.denverfilm.org or the DFF41 main box office location at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206).

Festival Ticket Packages are currently on sale. The following packages offer the best discounted prices to attend the Festival. Packages increase in price after Friday, October 5.

Six Pack: $66 ($11 per ticket) Member, $90 ($15 per ticket) Non-Member – Valid for regular-priced screenings, not valid for special presentations. secure.denverfilm.org/package/package.aspx?PID=635

Fifteen Pack:  $150 ($10 per ticket) Member, $210 ($14 per ticket) Non-Member – Valid for regular-priced screenings, not valid for special presentations. secure.denverfilm.org/package/package.aspx?PID=637

Enjoy DFF41 in a whole new way by becoming a Member. Memberships begin at just $65 and allow you to purchase DFF41 tickets at a member discount. No matter what membership level you choose to join DFS, your contributions will be appreciated and make a difference. For more information on membership please visit: denverfilm.org/membership

To experience DFF41 as an insider, join the DFS Leadership Circle for exclusive Festival access. Please visit: denverfilm.org/membership for a breakdown of levels and benefits. In addition, please contact Suzanne Yuzer at suzanne@denverfilm.org or 303-595-3456 ext. 223 to purchase a Leadership Circle Membership.

Press accreditation is currently open and closes on Friday, October 12.Complete details on how to apply are currently available at: denverfilmfestival.denverfilm.org/media/media-accreditation/

To keep up to date with DFF41 on social media: like the DFF Facebook (Facebook.com/DenverFilmFestival) page, follow @DenverFilm on Twitter, @DenverFilmSociety on Instagram, and join the conversation by using the hashtag: #DFF41.

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2018 Denver Film Festival Sponsors:

PREMIER: Regal; ASSOCIATE: Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, AOR, Inc., Argonaut Wine & Liquor, Barbara Bridges, British Airways, CEAVCO Audio Visual, Harmonic Media, Liberty Global, Mike’s Camera, Relish Catering & Events; SUPPORTING: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Butler Rents, Capital One, Lyft, Sage Hospitality, SeriesFest, Sheila K. O’Brien, University of Colorado Denver – College of Arts & Media, Anna Maglione-Sie Endowed Chair of Italian Culture and the Department of Languages and Literatures-University of Denver, Reality Garage; PATRON: Xfinity, Good Chemistry, The Goods, Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Lighting and Design by Scott, Kentwood City Properties, Kind Snacks, Riverfront Park Community Foundation, Stranahan’s, IMDBPro; MEDIA: 5280 Magazine, Futuristic, Westword; GOVERNMENT: Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Consulate General of Italy, Denver Arts & Venues, Denver Arts & Venues Create Denver, Mcnichols Civic Center Building, National Endowment for the Arts, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, UK Government Office – Denver; CONTRIBUTING: Brookfield Properties, Baird – The Palm Group, Caz Matthews, Colorado Film & Video Association, Davis Graham & Stubbs, Denver Screenprint & Embroidery, Fine Arts Foundation, Lagralane, Latino Cultural Arts Center, Ratio BeerWorks, SAGIndie, TV5MONDE, Visit Denver, WeWork, William LaBahn

About the Denver Film Society:

Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, the DFS provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences.

The permanent home of DFS, the Sie FilmCenter, is Denver’s only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary – over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. DFS’s one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training.