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Denver Film Festival Announces Full Schedule, Including ‘Anomalisa’ and ‘Son of Saul’

Denver Film Festival Announces Full Schedule, Including 'Anomalisa' and 'Son of Saul'

The Denver Film Society has announced the official schedule for the Denver Film Festival, complete with screenings, panels and red carpet events. Charlie Kaufman’s “Anomalisa” will open the festival, while Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” will be the centerpiece. Closing the festival will be “Coming Through the Rye,” a coming of age story from director James Sadwith. 

The festival will run from November 4-15. Tickets go on sale for DFS members on October 21 and for the public on October 23. Check out the full list of presentations and panels below. 

READ MORE: How Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ Became the Surprise Hit of the Fall Festival Season

“Anomalisa” ­(Charlie Kaufman)
Wed Nov 4, 8:00pm, Ellie Caulkins Opera House 
“Where to Invade Next” ­(Michael Moore)
Fri Nov 6, 8:00pm, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Carol” (Todd Haynes)
Sat Nov 14 at 2:30pm, Ellie Caulkins Opera House 
“Coming Through the Rye” ­(James Sadwith) 
Sat Nov 14, 8:00pm, Ellie Caulkins Opera House 
“The Boat Builder”
Fri Nov 136:30pm, UA Pavilions
Sat Nov 1411:00am, UA Pavilions
Thu Nov 56:30pm, Sie FilmCenter
Sat Nov 147:00pm, Sie FilmCenter
Fri Nov 139:30pm, Sie FilmCenter
“The Lady in the Van”
Sun Nov 152:00pm, Sie FilmCenter
Thu Nov 59:00pm, Sie FilmCenter
Wed Nov 116:45pm, Sie FilmCenter
“Mia Madre”
Thu Nov 127:00pm, Sie FilmCenter
Fri Nov 134:15pm, Sie FilmCenter
“My All American”
Tue Nov 106:45pm, Sie FilmCenter
“Son of Saul (Saul fia)”
Mon Nov 96:30pm, Sie FilmCenter
Wed Nov 47:30pm, UA Pavilions
Fri Nov 67:15pm, Sie FilmCenter
Wed Nov 119:15pm, Sie FilmCenter
Synopses provided by Denver Film Festival.
Based on a True Story Panel
This fall, we’ve seen or will see dramas such as “Truth,” “Steve Jobs” and “Spotlight.” Moderated by film critic Robert Denerstein, this panel will examine the differences between journalistic truth and dramatic truth. We’ll pose the question: can the dramatization of real events and the portrayal of real people in movies ever be truly accurate? And while both types of truth have their place, which has the more powerful influence on a culture besieged by information? Our guests will take on these topics in what promises to be a lively, provocative discussion that analyzes what’s meant by five words familiar to all moviegoers: “Based on a true story.”
Sat Nov 712:00pm, Sie FilmCenter
Creative Conversation: From Beginning to End
In this conversation, moderator Robert Denerstein will talk with writer/directors Josh C. Waller and Joseph Wartnerchaney. Each of these filmmakers was responsible for every stage in the development of their respective projects, both of which are screening in the festival. More will be revealed at our discussion, which will focus on the challenges of writing a genre-based screenplay before shifting to the pressures of the director’s chair.
Thu Nov 126:45pm, Sie FilmCenter
Creative Conversations: A Master of Movie Magic
Special-effects wizard Ed Kramer has worked on such blockbusters as the “Star Wars” franchise and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” He has received four Oscar nominations and has inspired fear, awe and wonder in moviegoers of all ages; they may not know his name, but they know his brilliance. A clips package will supplement film critic Robert Denerstein’s interview with Kramer, focused on exploring the artistry involved in making us believe in the impossible.
Wed Nov 117:00pm, Sie FilmCenter
Discovering the Master Panel
Taking his cue from Francois Truffaut’s 1966 landmark book, “Cinema According to Alfred Hitchcock,” director Kent Jones has made a documentary in which various directors talk about the work of the auteur known affectionately as Hitch. While “Hitchcock/Truffaut” screens at this year’s festival, our panelists will join moderator Robert Denerstein for a penetrating discussion about how Hitchcock came to be recognized as the Master of Suspense.
Sun Nov 1511:30am, Sie FilmCenter

One on One with Zoë Bell
Join Robert Denerstein for a one-on-one conversation with actress Zoë Bell. The recipient of a Rising Star Award at DFF35, Ms. Bell stars in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “The Hateful Eight” as well as this year’s festival selection “Camino”; this discussion will center on her transition from stuntwoman to leading lady as well as her experience working in both the studio system and the world of independent filmmaking.
Sat Nov 14, 9:30pm, Sie FilmCenter
These Things Matter Podcast
“These Things Matter” is the brainchild of stand-up comedian Kevin O’Brien and former theatrical director Taylor Gonda. Their popular podcast is built on the concept of High Fidelityism, which holds that pop culture can change your life. Join us for an aural journey of discovery into the hearts and minds of the creative community: no reference is too obscure, no genre too high-falutin,’ as Kevin and Taylor lead guest filmmakers in a lively and hilarious conversation about what makes them tick.
Sun Nov 89:00pm, Sie FilmCenter
Women+Film Panel: Photojournalism
A picture can speak a thousand words, and when that picture is taken by a professional photographer to capture a subject ripped from the headlines, it can change the world. Along with local experts, “Frame by Frame” director Alexandria Bombach will be on hand for a wide-ranging discussion that touches on both the power of the image and the way newfound freedom for the press in a historically oppressive society empowers women.
Sat Nov 1411:45am, Sie FilmCenter
Feature Films:
“The Boat Builder,” Directed by Arnold Grossman
“Decay,” Directed by Joseph Wartnerchaney
“The Rider & The Wolf,” Directed by Nathan Ward
Short Films:
“Actual Case History,” Directed by Tony Gault
“Blue Streets,” Directed by Vincent Jaramillo
“Copper,” Directed by AJ Oscarson
“Eddie,” Directed by Andrew Arkis
“From Australia With Lov3,” Directed by Daniel Gibb
“Molten,” Directed by Calvin Snead
“Mt. Molehill,” Directed by Jesse Stewart
“The Neighbours Project,” Directed by Dylan Burr
“One & One is Twelve,” Directed by Ryan Ferlic
“The One You’re With,” Directed by Tony Shawcross
“Overcoming Dyslexia,” Directed by Luke Austin, Kelly Spencer
“Pattern for Survival,” Directed by Kelly Sears
“Phase Me Up,” Directed by Adrian Bishop
“SIDESHOW OF THE ABSURD,” Directed by Tina DiFeliciantonio, Jane C. Wagner
“Spinsters,” Directed by Stranger Studios
Music Videos:
“The Blue Rider – Year of the Horse,” Directed by Rett Rogers
“Dani Cichon – Brother Death,” Directed by Christopher Dodge
“Force Publique – Excess,” Directed by Cassie Graves, James Wayne
“Ian Cooke – Epilogue,” Directed by Rusty Corbit
“Ivory Drive – In Dark,” Directed by Van Wampler, Parker Rice
“Munk – Kitchen Call (Daniel Avery Remix),” Directed by Shannon W. Kelly, Christine Buchsbaum
“My Body Sings Electric – Oceancrest,” Directed by Kyle Woodiel
“Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B.,” Directed by Greg Barnes
“Pink Hawks – Taste Your Medicine,” Directed by Leighton Peterson
“Poli High,” Directed by Rich Weimer
“Shady Elders – The Night Air,” Directed by Lindsay Lindenbaum
“Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – The Breath and the Glow,” Directed by Matthew Brown
“Stay – The Morning Light Fades,” Directed by Dillon Novak
“The Survivors,” Directed by Eric Nichols
“The River is Moving,” Directed by Gio Toninelo
“Trout Steak Revival – Brighter Every Day,” Directed by Laura Goldhamer
“Valley Maker – Only Friend,” Directed by Joseph Kolean
“Wheelchair Sports Camp – Mary Had a Little Band,” Directed by Greg Carr

“Creative Control”
Fri Nov 13, 6:45pm, Sie FilmCenter
Followed by Reel Social Club Party 9:30pm, Galvanize

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