Writer-director Jason Reitman, from left, poses with actors Mamoudou Athie, Hugh Jackman, J.K. Simmons and Sara Paxton during a cast photo call for the film "The Front Runner" in New York.

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"The Front Runner,” Jason Reitman’s big-screen take on the rise and fall of former Sen. Gary Hart’s ill-fated 1988 presidential campaign, will be among the highlights at this year’s Denver Film Festival.

The 12-day festival, which opens the end of the month, showcases a number of other films by Colorado filmmakers or have a connection to the state, including “We are Columbine,” that follows survivors of the 1999 shooting and what their search for closure means for today’s youth. There's also "The Weight of Water," which is from a local filmmaker and is the story of Erik Weihenmayer, who is blind, kayaking through the whitewater rapids of the Colorado River.

The annual event also includes exhibitions of shorts and music videos, as well as virtual reality experiences. Tickets go on sale to the general public Oct. 12, 2018.

Festival Highlights And Trailers:

"The Front Runner"

Hugh Jackman stars as Colorado U.S. Sen. Gary Hart. 

“We are Columbine”

A Columbine High School alumni directs this documentary.

“Meow Wolf: Origin Story”

A documentary on the Sante Fe arts collective, which will open a permanent Denver exhibition space in 2020.

“Roma”

Celebrated Mexican director and writer Alfonso Cuarón draws on his own childhood for this film about a young woman working for a middle-class family in the Mexico City neighborhood of Roma. Film festival red carpet matinee presentation is Nov. 10.

“The Favourite”

Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman star in this film set in early 18th Century England. Red carpet presentation of “The Favourite” is opening night of the festival, Oct. 31, 2018.

“Vox Lux”

 

A teen makes music about a traumatic experience and becomes famous. Starring Natalie Portman.