When I arrived in Denver from Berlin yesterday afternoon, I didn’t realize I was going to stumble right into the opening ceremony of the film festival. But I stuck it out despite exhaustion, and was mightily impressed by how they sent me down the red carpet (which was actually blue) to a flurry of photographers and TV people who asked me a few questions. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera and couldn’t snap back at them.
The opening screening of “Precious” by Lee Daniels was very moving – not only that the film is incredibly powerful, but the whole presentation at the Eliie Caulkins Opera House in the presence of Daniels and his Denver-based husband and wife producers Gary and Sarah Siegel Magness, was well worth witnessing. I rarely make it over to US festivals, so it was an eye-opener to live through all the flashiness I normally see only on TV.
Gil Whiteley from the Denver Post gave FORGETTING DAD 7 out of 10 stars and called it a “fascinating film.” And my dear niece Jess wrote a really long and moving blog entry about the film and her relationship to her grandfather.
Our first screening is tonight at 9 p.m. at the Starz Film Center. Come one and all!