Denver Film Festival
Lights, camera, Aaron Sorkin!
After dominating the downtown film & arts scene for the last two weeks, the 40th Annual Denver Film Festival came to a triumphant close this past weekend. Last Thursday, we threw on our finest threads and attended a special red-carpet screening of the already Oscar-buzzing Molly’s Game. The new film is legendary writer Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut and centers on the enthralling true story of Colorado native Molly Bloom as she goes from Olympic-class skier to running the most exclusive high stakes poker game in the world.
Complete with a real-life red carpet and gaggle of fairly tame paparazzi, the Ellie Caulkins Opera House was a perfectly regal setting for film aficionados from far and wide to gather on a chilly Thursday evening. While there were no sightings of the film’s star-studded cast, which includes Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Michael Cera & Kevin Costner among others, Sorkin was in attendance to accept the DFF’s Career Achievement Award and participate in a brief Q&A after the screening. It was a truly captivating experience to observe Sorkin discuss the film’s creation & collaboration with Bloom’s younger brother, Jeremy.
One particularly refreshing anecdote Sorkin recalled was when the costume designer asked him during production what he’d ‘like to see Jessica Chastain in’ in terms of her character’s sexy cocktail dresses she wears throughout the film. Sorkin was humbly befuddled and told the costume designer to discuss costume with Chastain herself and do whatever they both liked.
After the Q&A wrapped, a luxurious after party kicked off beneath the venue at the Chambers Grant Salon. Amongst the libations, finger foods and starry-lit ceiling, local rock band Tracksuit Wedding played a glam, upbeat set to keep the party grooving into the late evening. Molly herself was present for exclusive meet-and-greets and signings of her book that inspired the film, also titled Molly’s Game. A few of us even spotted a subtly moseying Sorkin within the crowd!