STANLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LIONSGATE PREMIERE’S COOTIES AS OPENING NIGHT FILM; 2014 VISIONARY AWARD WINNERS, SPECTREVISION, RETURN TO THE STANLEY FILM FESTIVAL WITH THEIR LATEST TITLE

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STANLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LIONSGATE PREMIERE’S COOTIES AS OPENING NIGHT FILM

 

2014 VISIONARY AWARD WINNERS, SPECTREVISION, RETURN TO THE 

STANLEY FILM FESTIVAL WITH THEIR LATEST TITLE

 

April 6, 2015 (Denver, CO) – The Stanley Film Festival, (SFF) produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal’s Chiller, announced today that Lionsgate Premiere’s COOTIESwill open the festival on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

 

From the minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of Glee), COOTIES is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (The Office), and Alison Pill (The Newsroom) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives. The Sundance hit COOTIES will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on September 18th in select theaters and on demand.

 

SpectreVision and Glacier Films present COOTIES, starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan and Jorgé Garcia. The film is directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan. Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood produce along with Tove Christensen, Georgy Malkov and Steven Schneider. Ian Brennan, Leigh Whannell, Gevond Andreasyan, Sarik Andreasyan, Hayden Christensen, Seth William Meier and Vladmir Poliakov serve as Executive Producers.

 

The SFF welcomes back 2014 Visionary Award Winners and the producers of COOTIES, Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh Waller of SpectreVision. During last year’s festival, the team teased audiences with clips from COOTIES and THE BOYas part of their panel, SPECTREVISIONARIES.

 

“The Stanley Film Festival is the coming together of people who love horror for all the right reasons,” says SpectreVision co-founder Daniel Noah. “We promised we’d be back and we are thrilled to bring COOTIES, as well as THE BOY, to the Festival this year.”

 

The film will play at the Concert Hall on the Stanley Hotel campus Thursday, April 30, with Elijah Wood (Open Windows), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Leigh Whannell (Insidious: Chapter 2) and Directors Jonathan Millot and Cary Murnion in attendance. Immediately following the film, guests will be treated to a “School Cafeteria” themed party in the McGregor Ballroom. Local bands Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and Bad Luck City will provide the soundtrack for the evening.

 

“This year’s Stanley Film Festival promises to showcase the best horror films and celebrate the art of horror in some most unexpected ways,” said Denver Film Society Festival Director Britta Erickson. “We invite you to join us for this special presentation and party, but we suggest you stay away from the chicken nuggets.”

 

A limited number of Opening Night tickets are now available. Opening Night is also available to Redrum badge holders. To purchase your pass, visit www.stanleyfilmfest.com.

Online & Social Media: www.stanleyfilmfest.com, “Like” SFF on Facebook (Facebook.com/StanleyFilmFest), “Follow” SFF on Twitter and Instagram (@StanleyFilmFest) , join the conversation using the hashtag #StanleyFilmFest

 

2015 Stanley Film Festival Sponsors:

PRESENTING: Chiller; HOST VENUES: The Stanley Hotel, Reel Mountain Theater, Historic Park Theater; GOVERNMENT: Colorado Tourism Office, Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, Town of Estes Park; MEDIA: Badass Digest, Fangoria, Shock Til You Drop, Daily Dead, Bloody Disgusting, IndieWire, Crave Online; COMMUNITY: 13th Floor Haunted House, Telluride Horror Show, Estes Park Shuttle; EVENT: Ghost Pines, Kronenbourg ; FESTIVAL FRIENDS: Zerosun Pictures, Fandor, Scream Factory!,CEAVCO Audio Visual

 

Online & Social Media: www.stanleyfilmfest.com, “Like” SFF on Facebook (Facebook.com/StanleyFilmFest), “Follow” SFF on Twitter and Instagram (@StanleyFilmFest) , join the conversation using the hashtag #StanleyFilmFest

 

2015 Stanley Film Festival Sponsors:

PRESENTING: Chiller; HOST VENUES: The Stanley Hotel, Reel Mountain Theater, Historic Park Theater; GOVERNMENT: Colorado Tourism Office, Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, Town of Estes Park; MEDIA: Badass Digest, Fangoria, Shock Til You Drop, Daily Dead, Bloody Disgusting, IndieWire, Crave Online; COMMUNITY: 13th Floor Haunted House, Telluride Horror Show, Estes Park Shuttle; EVENT: Ghost Pines, Kronenbourg ; FESTIVAL FRIENDS: Zerosun Pictures, Fandor, Scream Factory!,CEAVCO Audio Visual

 

About the film:

SpectreVision and Glacier Films present COOTIES, starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan and Jorgé Garcia. The film is directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan. Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood produce along with Tove Christensen, Georgy Malkov and Steven Schneider. Ian Brennan, Leigh Whannell, Gevond Andreasyan, Sarik Andreasyan, Hayden Christensen, Seth William Meier and Vladmir Poliakov serve as Executive Producers.

 

 

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Stanley Film Festival: Set at the historic inspiration for Stephen King’s THE SHINING, the Stanley Film Festival showcases the best in classic and contemporary horror cinema at the Stanley Hotel in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Produced by the Denver Film Society, the festival is a labor of love dedicated to crafting a more interactive experience for genre filmmakers and fans. Presenting emerging artists and established luminaries within the genre, the four-day event features live shows, installations, industry panels, the “Stanley Dean’s Cup” student film competition, and spooky secrets within a frightening, yet elegant atmosphere that can function as a true horror summit for all.

 

The Stanley Hotel: Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Multi-million dollar renovations have restored this 155-guestroom hotel to its original grandeur. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and member of Historic Hotels of America; only an hour away from Denver, it is ideal destination for a Colorado getaway.

 

The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 and it was just two years later that chief housekeeper Elizabeth Wilson was injured in an explosion while she was lighting acetylene lanterns in room 217. She survived the incident, but guests have reported sensing her presence in the room ever since. Other guests have reported lights flicking on and off, doors opening and closing and laughter and footsteps when no one else is around in other rooms and facilities throughout the hotel. The Stanley Hotel is consistently ranked the #1 haunted hotel in the world.

 

an entertainment brand dedicated to delivering round-the-clock scares with its commitment to producing diverse and high-quality horror content.  Chiller’s eclectic slate of adrenaline-fueled, soul-stirring entertainment includes a broad offering of original movies and specials, genre films, documentary and reality shows (Scream Queens) and some of the most thought-provoking and suspenseful series ever on television (The River, X-Files, 666 Park Avenue, Alcatraz, Tales from the Darkside).  With its recently-created Chiller Films initiative, Chiller also produces feature films for select theaters and On-Demand.  Chiller network is currently available in over 40 million homes.  To learn more, visit: www.chillertv.com. Chiller. Scary Good.

 

The Denver Film Society: Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, the Film Society provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences.

 

The permanent home of the Denver Film Society, the Sie FilmCenter, is Denver’s only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary – over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. DFS’s one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training.

 

Grand Heritage Hotel Group: Founded in 1989 by John Cullen, Grand Heritage Hotel Group is one of the nation’s premier owner operators of independent luxury hotels and resorts. Its properties are sought-after destinations that offer consistent luxury, quality and exceptional surroundings. Several Grand Heritage properties enjoy prestigious distinction as designated Historic Hotels of America. The company prides itself on the vision and strategic expertise of its leadership. Highly innovative and experienced professionals collectively boast more than 50 years of hands-on experience in all aspects of the hotel and hospitality business and are recognized for imaginative and entrepreneurial style. Grand Heritage owns and operates hotels in North America; it also operates Grand Heritage Hotels International Brand, which has a number of properties in Europe, The Middle East, India and North Africa.

 

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