Film News Roundup: Jason Reitman Selected for John Cassavetes Award at Denver Film Festival

In today’s film news roundup, Jason Reitman wins the John Cassavetes award, the documentary “Race Against Time” gets a release and the Ray Harryhausen Foundation is planning “Force of the Trojans.” 

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The Denver Film Festival has selected Jason Reitman as the recipient of its 2018 John Cassavetes Award for his work as a director, producer and writer.

The award was established in collaboration with Cassavetes’ spouse Gena Rowlands in 1989 and is presented to a film artist who has made a significant contribution to the world of filmmaking and whose work reflects the spirit of the late Cassavetes.

Reitman will screen his latest film, “The Front Runner,” on Nov. 8  at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, followed by the presentation of the award. Reitman will be joined by his co-writers Matt Bai and Jay Carson for an onstage conversation about the film.

Reitman received Academy Award nominations for producing, directing and writing “Up in the Air,” and another for directing “Juno,” which he screened to the Denver festival.

“Jason Reitman’s legacy as a filmmaker goes beyond his work as a director,” said Festival Director, Britta Erickson. “An accomplished and Academy Award nominated writer and producer, he has been an important and well-respected new voice in today’s Hollywood. From his poignant and touching direction of ‘Juno,’ to the serious drama of ‘Labor Day,’ to his leap into the world of tabloid politics with his latest film, ‘The Front Runner,’ Jason Reitman continues to delight audiences while delivering powerful, important and pertinent films, year after year.”

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