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" For your information, my life is a living Hell "
— Elizabeth Hurley (as the devil), Bedazzled

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Denver, CO —-- Award-winning director Jason Reitman will walk the red carpet at the 30th Starz Denver Film Festival”s Big Night Celebration on November 10 at the Ellie Caulkin”s Opera House. Reitman will be introducing his new comedy and the evening”s feature film JUNO.

Jason Reitman, son of renowned comedy filmmaker Ivan Reitman, spent the majority of his life in the movie business. His career path to success has included such titles as child/teen actor, production assistant, shorts filmmaker and even a brief stint as a pre-med student. In 2005, Reitman made his feature debut as writer/director of the star-studded THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, an adaptation of Christopher Buckley”s novel about a spin-doctor lobbyist for the tobacco industry.

Other red carpet arrivals will include members of the Dancing Elk Condor Track Team who will welcome attendees to the Denver premiere of Reitman”s soon-to-be acclaimed JUNO. Dressed in full track meet attire, the Dancing Elk Condors will dash their way down the red carpet while distributing orange tic-tacs in honor of Paulie Bleeker”s (Michael Cera), the team”s star athlete, not-so-hidden obsession.

Reitman”s JUNO stars Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner (ALIAS) and Jason Bateman (ARESSTED DEVELOPMENT). Crackling with whip-smart dialogue and intensely clever monologue, this comedic and satiric film finds 16-year-old Juno (Ellen Page) pregnant by her clueless best friend, high-school track star Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera also of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT). Opting, after a discouraging visit to a bleak family planning clinic, to take the pregnancy to term and give her baby up for adoption, Juno begins to acquaint herself with the chosen couple —-- only to watch her well-meant plans go sharply awry.

The Big Night premier of JUNO is sponsored by Starz with the following Big Night Dessert Reception presented by Starz and Lionsgate.

For a complete SDFF 30 schedule and a listing of Denver retail stores and restaurants where printed program schedules are available, visit denverfilm.org.

Tickets for Red Carpet and regular festival screenings and events can be purchased online at denverfilm.org or in person at the Starz FilmCenter box office.

SDFF30 DETAILS All regular screenings will take place at the Denver Film Society’s permanent home, the Starz FilmCenter at the Tivoli on the Auraria Campus. Opening Night, Big Night and Closing Night events will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

For more information about the Starz Denver Film Society and the 30th SDFF, visit denverfilm.org.

TRAVEL “”GREEN”” TO SDFF30 The Starz FilmCenter is RTD-accessible. Bus routes 2, 12 and 15 all stop at the Tivoli; Light Rail lines C and E make nearby stops at Union Station, Pepsi Center/Six Flags Elitch Gardens, Invesco Field and Auraria West Campus, while lines D, F and H stop at Colfax at Auraria. Light Rail to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House: take the D, F or H lines and exit at the Convention Center/Performing Arts station. Patrons boarding the existing C line or the new E line should transfer to the D, F, or H lines at the I-25 & Broadway station. Upon exiting the train, walk to 14th Street and continue northwest toward Curtis Street to the Denver Performing Arts Center.