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2012 STARZ Denver Film Festival Line-up Announced

October 18, 2012 by  
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DENVER, CO — The 35th Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), sponsored by Starz Entertainment and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced this week its full Festival line-up.

“Election day is not the only big event happening this November.  The Starz Denver Film Festival will celebrate its 35th edition with signature events and a diverse line-up of films from around the globe featuring everything from student shorts, to a 15-hour film, to some of Hollywood’s most buzz-worthy Award Season releases,” said Festival Director Britta Erickson. “New this year, is a central downtown hub for the Festival at the Denver Pavilions to complement the Denver Film Society’s permanent cinematic home, the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax, and our special presentation house, the L2 Arts and Culture Center.”

This year, SDFF shines a spotlight on Argentine cinema.  Fourteen films from Argentina will screen in the Festival and Daniel Burman, a founding member of Argentina’s so-called New Argentine Cinema Wave, will be recognized for having the most films from Argentina play on U.S. screens. For his tribute, we’ll be presenting three of them, All In (2012), Family Law (2006), and Lost Embrace (2004).

“Argentina is not only one of the most prolific film industries in South America, but perhaps the most diverse.  We are extremely pleased to be screening a robust sidebar of films from Argentina, including a three-film tribute to Daniel Burman, one of the country’s most successful cinematic exports,” said Artistic Director Brit Withey.

Another SDFF highlight is the inclusion of Mark Cousin’s epic, 15-hour, The Story of Film– perhaps the most definitive study of cinema from its inception in the late 1800’s to our present day digital revolution.  Neatly sectioned in two-hour blocks that detail specific time periods with a vast amount of film clips over which Cousin’s almost ethereal voice charts in detail the infinitesimal to the revolutionary changes in our most popular and accessible art form.  The Story of Film will screen one section a day over eight consecutive days (The Story of Film Daily Pass) and in two marathon sections on the last weekend of the Festival (The Story of Film Marathon Pass).

The 2012 SDFF will screen more than 225 features, shorts, and student films, representing close to 40 countries, along with Denver Film Society’s signature programs such as the Cinema Q, Reel Social Club, The Watching Hour and Women + Film. As previously announced, Red Carpet Galas are A Late Quartet, Quartet, and Silver Linings Playbook. SDFF will announce all 2012 award recipients and tributes at a later date.

For the third year, Westword will produce the Starz Denver Film Festival Official Film Guide containing all movie screening information and special events. The Official Film Guide will be available in the paper and throughout Denver on Thursday, October 18.


Along with Mexico and Brazil, Argentina has for decades been one of the top producers of films from South America. A staple on the film festival circuit and occasional visitor to the art-houses in the U.S., Argentina is, however, the only South American country to ever win an Academy Award (The Official Story (1985) and TheSecret in Their Eyes (2009). The diverse films in this year’s focus-and there are 12 of them-range from two outsider’s take on living in Argentina for a year (one Polish,Argentinian Lesson and one American, The International Sign for Choking), a nouveau, meta-western (Salt), and the oft-examined revolution era of the 1970s (Clandestine Childhood). This is all anchored by a three-film Tribute to the wonderful Daniel Burman.

  • All In (La suerte en tus manos) - DIRECTOR Daniel Burman
  • Argentinian Lesson (Argentynska lekcia) - DIRECTOR Wojciech Staron
  • Beauty (Nosilatiaj. la belleza) - DIRECTOR Daniela Seggiaro
  • Chinese Take Away - DIRECTOR Sebastian Borensatein
  • Clandestine Childhood (Infancia clandestina) - DIRECTOR Benjamin Ávila
  • Family Law - DIRECTOR Daniel Burman
  • Germania - DIRECTOR Maximiliano Schonfeld
  • The International Sign for Choking - DIRECTOR Zach Weintraub
  • Lost Embrace - DIRECTOR Daniel Burman
  • Mar del Plata - DIRECTORS Ionathan Klajman, Sebastia án Dietsch
  • Masterplan - DIRECTORS Diego Levy, Pablo Levy
  • Salt (Sal) - DIRECTOR Diego Rougier
  • White Elephant (Elefante blanco) - DIRECTOR Pablo Trapero 


Queer voices. Queer visions. Queer lives. Experience the best in films that cover every angle of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer rainbow through our Cinema Q program. These stories reveal the loves and losses of individuals who have been coloring the edges of cinema since its inception.

  • Beyond the Walls (Hors les murs) - DIRECTOR David Lambert
  • Call Me Kuchu - DIRECTORS Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall
  • Gayby – DIRECTOR Jonathan Lisecki
  • Intersexion - DIRECTOR Grant Lahood
  • North Sea Texas DIRECTOR Bavo Defurne
  • Struck By Lightning - DIRECTOR Brian Dannelly


Love film? Get social. Reel Social Club is the official young patrons membership extension of the Denver Film Society. We plug the young and young at heart into local film culture through exclusive parties, screenings, and film festival experiences year-round.

  • 28 Hotel Rooms - DIRECTOR Matt Ross
  • Butch Walker: Out Of Focus – DIRECTORS Peter Harding, Shane Valdes
  • Gayby – DIRECTOR Jonathan Lisecki
  • Grassroots - DIRECTOR Stephen Gyllenhaal
  • The Iran Job - DIRECTOR Till Schauder
  • Journey to Planet X – DIRECTORS Josh Koury, Myles Kane
  • Kid-Thing - DIRECTOR David Zellner
  • Pearblossom Hwy - DIRECTOR Mike Ott
  • Richard’s Wedding - DIRECTOR Onur Tukel
  • Salt (Sal) - DIRECTOR Diego Rougier
  • Supporting Characters - DIRECTOR Daniel Schechter
  • WRONG - DIRECTOR Quentin Dupieux


Women + Film is a year-round program of the Denver Film Society that not only celebrates the art and achievements of women filmmakers around the world but also brings together an array of scholars, civil and human rights advocates, community leaders, and concerned members of the public to shine a spotlight on social issues through cinema and the dialogue it stimulates. The Starz Denver Film Festival is proud to present and array of candid, thought provoking, and often-iconoclastic works by women-the likes of which aren’t often available or obvious to mainstream audiences.

  • Art of Conflict - DIRECTOR Valeri Vaughn
  • Bay of All Saints - DIRECTOR Annie Eastman
  • Believing (Geloven) - DIRECTOR Mijke de Jong
  • Ginger & Rosa - DIRECTOR Sally Potter
  • Katia’s Sister - DIRECTOR Mijke de Jong
  • Not that Funny - DIRECTOR Lauralee Farrer
  • Sister - DIRECTOR Ursula Meier
  • Stages (Tussenstand) - DIRECTOR Mijke de Jong
  • Violeta Went to Heaven (Violeta se fue a los cielos) - DIRECTOR Andrés Wood
  • Virgin Tales - DIRECTOR Mirjam von Arx
  • When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West – DIRECTOR Victress Hitchcock


Get ready, constant watchers, to venture to a place where cinema cracks open to reveal its hidden core. A primal place where the fantastic meets the terrifying, where you’ll see things you thought existed only in your wildest dreams and your sweetest nightmares. This is The Watching Hour.

  • The ABCs of Death - DIRECTORS Kaare Andrews, Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, Angela Bettis, Adrián García Bogliano, Bruno Forzani & Hélène Cattet, Jason Eisener, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Xavier Gens, Jorge Michel Grau, Lee Hardcastle, Noburo Iguchi, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Anders Morgenthaler, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Marcel Sarmiento, Jon Schnepp, Srdjan Spasojevic, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Simon Rumley, Nacho Vigalondo, Jake West, Ti West, Ben Wheatley, Yûdai Yamaguchi
  • The American Scream - DIRECTOR Michael Stephenson
  • The Amityville Horror - DIRECTOR Stuart Rosenberg
  • Headshot - DIRECTOR Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
  • John Dies at the End – DIRECTOR Don Coscarelli
  • The King of Pigs - DIRECTOR Yeun Sang-ho
  • My Amityville Horror - DIRECTOR Eric Walter
  • WRONG - DIRECTOR Quentin Dupieux



Colorado’s filmmaking scene continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. More often than not, filmmakers are choosing to stay and work in the state rather than moving to Los Angeles or New York. This year’s Starz Denver Film Festival features numerous locally produced, feature-length films and shorts-films we can’t even claim as premieres. Several of these films screened earlier this year at other highly acclaimed festivals prior to their Denver dates.

Feature Length Films:

  • The Aviation Cocktail - DIRECTOR David Higgins
  • Bay of All Saints - DIRECTOR Annie Eastman
  • The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus - DIRECTOR Alexandre O. Philippe
  • Bidder 70 – DIRECTORS George Gage, Beth Gage

Short Films: Dark Days

  • 0300 – 0430 – DIRECTOR Jesus Sierra
  • Anything Helps – DIRECTOR Rob Shearer
  • Bring With You A Heart – DIRECTOR Elizabeth Henry
  • Eternal Return - DIRECTOR Kevin Bunch
  • Ghosts of Yesterday - DIRECTOR Tony Gault
  • Lunchbox Express – DIRECTOR Alexandre O. Philippe
  • Meta-Romantic – DIRECTOR Ilian Iliev
  • Mounted & Stuffed – DIRECTOR Kiah Butcher
  • Open - DIRECTOR Patricia McInroy
  • Periapsis – DIRECTOR Timothy Orme
  • Return to the World of Dance – DIRECTORS Dan Boord, Luis Valdovino, Marilyn Marloff
  • Self Defense – DIRECTOR Daniel Beahm
  • Twombley – DIRECTOR Zach Eastman


Shorts 1: Truer Than Fiction

  • Brief History of John Baldessari – USA – DIRECTORS Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
  • The Art of Repair - UK – DIRECTOR Will Stewart
  • The Bronzer - USA – DIRECTOR Peyton Wilson
  • In Hanford – USA – DIRECTOR Chris Mars
  • Irish Folk Furniture – Ireland – DIRECTOR Tony Donoghue
  • MacPherson – Canada – DIRECTOR Martine Chartrand
  • Night, Peace – UK – DIRECTOR Eva Weber
  • Open - USA – DIRECTOR Patricia McInroy
  • Summer in Helsinki (Helsingin Kesä) - Finland – DIRECTOR Maria Björlund
  • Turning a Corner – USA – DIRECTOR David B. Levy

Shorts 2: Close Encounters of the Animated Kind

  • Audition – Netherlands – DIRECTOR Udo Prinsen
  • Blik – Netherlands – DIRECTOR Bastiaan Schravendeel
  • Cadaver – USA – DIRECTOR Jonah D. Ansell
  • Edmond Was a Donkey (Edmond était un âne) – Canada/France – DIRECTOR Franck Dion
  • Into Spring – Netherlands – DIRECTOR Udo Prinsen
  • The Maker­ - USA – DIRECTOR Christopher Kezelos
  • My Little Underground – Canada – DIRECTOR Elise Simard
  • Old Man – USA – DIRECTOR Leah Shore
  • Paula – Canada – DIRECTOR Dominc Etienne Simard
  • The Pub – UK – DIRECTOR Joseph Pierce
  • Wolf Dog Tales – USA – DIRECTOR Bernadine Santistenvan

Shorts 3: Life is What Happens While You’re Making Plans

  • Advantage: Weinberg – USA – DIRECTOR David Singer
  • Harry Grows Up - USA – DIRECTOR Mark Nickelsburg
  • Hatch – Austria/USA – DIRECTOR Christoph Kuschnig
  • Hourglass – Spain/Norway – DIRECTOR Pedro Collantes
  • Lemonade Stand – Australia – DIRECTOR Althea Jones
  • Peter at the End – USA – DIRECTOR Russ Lamoureaux

Shorts 4: Shades of Gray

  • Another Bullet Dodged – USA – DIRECTOR Landon Zakheim
  • Cherry Waves – USA – DIRECTOR Carey Williams
  • Delivery - USA – DIRECTOR Amy Redford
  • I Am John Wayne – USA – DIRECTOR Christina Choe
  • Katya – USA – DIRECTOR Mako Kamitsuna

Shorts 5: International Scenes

  • Asad – South Africa/USA – DIRECTOR Bryan Buckley
  • Birthday - Estonia – DIRECTOR Erik Norkroos
  • Eileen Pratt - Australia – DIRECTOR Michael Kratochvil
  • How much love you’ve got? - South Korea – DIRECTOR Chong-Kyu Kim
  • I Am Going to Italy (Italia Me Kajav) - Bulgaria – DIRECTOR Ivaylo Markov
  • It Was My City - Iran – DIRECTOR Tina Pakravan
  • The Missing Looks (La Mirada Perdida) - Argentina – DIRECTOR Damian Dionisio


The First Look Student Film Section is an exclusive selection of short films reserved for outstanding student filmmakers from around the world. In addition to the Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award, which was established in 2008, new last year we announced a partnership with Liberty Global that has allowed us to include three new packages of films from international student directors. These films will open your eyes to the incredible work being done at films schools outside the United States with films from Australia, Estonia, France, Israel, Germany, Lebanon, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom, Vietnam, and Zambia. To accompany this expanded focus we will award the Liberty Global International Student Filmmaker Award to an exemplary filmmaker in this category.

Liberty Global International Student Films in Competition

  • Anna and Jerome (Anna et jérôme) – France/USA – DIRECTOR Mélanie Delloye
  • The Tobacco King - USA/Zambia – DIRECTOR Daniel Koehler
  • Of Dogs and Horses - Germany – DIRECTOR Thomas Stuber
  • Martha Must Fly (Al martha lauf) - Israel – DIRECTOR Ma’ayan Rypp
  • Bella Fleace Gave A Party - UK – DIRECTOR Leonora Lonsdale

Spike Lee Student Films in Competition

  • Crossing – DIRECTOR Gina Atwater
  • Folkswagon – DIRECTOR Shachar Langlev
  • Living The Dream – DIRECTOR Gerry Kim
  • Glory Days – DIRECTOR Benjamin Rutkowski
  • Real Talk – DIRECTOR Patrick Ng
  • Where Is Joel Baum – DIRECTOR Pearl Gluck

For  complete festival line-up, including panels, workshops, etc., click here.

SDFF will run November 1 through November 11 in Denver.  The complete list of films can be viewed here.

To keep up to date with the Starz Denver Film Festival, visit, like the SDFF Facebook page, follow @DenverFilm on Twitter, and join the conversation by using the #SDFF35 hashtag.