Oscar-nominated, leading man Andy Garcia will
receive the inaugural George Hickenlooper Honorary Award at the 35th
Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), presented by Starz and produced by
the Denver Film Society. Governor John Hickelooper, cousin of the late
renowned filmmaker, will present the award Friday, Nov. 9, 9:30 p.m.
at the L2 Arts and Culture Center, 1477 Columbine St. (corner of
Colfax Ave. & Columbine St.).
George Hickenlooper, a prolific filmmaker whose works were shown at
seven different Starz Denver Film Festivals, was perhaps best known
for his documentaries including Hearts of Darkness: a Filmmaker’s
Apocalypse, Picture This: the Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer
City, Texas, and Hick Town.
In October 2010, while in Denver to support his cousin’s bid to become
Governor of Colorado and celebrate the premiere of his last film,
Casino Jack, Hickenlooper suffered an untimely death.
“My cousin loved working with great actors and one of his favorites
was Andy Garcia,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
The 2010 Starz Denver Film Festival was dedicated in its entirety to
the memory of George Hickenlooper.
“George’s death was a tremendous loss to so many of us who knew and
worked with him,” said Starz Denver Film Festival Director Britta
Erickson. “The world lost a brilliant filmmaker. This award honors the
quality of acting, directing and producing which George inspired and
which we seek to present through the Denver Film Society year-round.
It is fitting that we pay tribute to George and we’re very proud to be
able to recognize his friend Andy Garcia with the Inaugural George
For nearly 30 years and 40 films, Cuban-American actor Andy Garcia has
captivated audiences worldwide in such memorable films as The
Untouchables, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, When a Man
Loves a Woman, and Ocean’s Eleven. Like George Hickenlooper, Garcia
makes his mark in the industry as a filmmaker, as well as an actor.
The award presentation will follow a special screening of the 2001
film, The Man from Elysian Fields, directed by George Hickenlooper and
staring Garcia, Mick Jagger, Julianna Margulies, Olivia Williams,
James Coburn and Anjelica Huston.