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                                                                                                                                                                       RANDY MALONE /
                    elcome to the 19th annual                 (Awards Chatter). Stay tuned for more details
                    Boulder International Film                on who’s coming to town! Go to
                    Festival: It's going to be                soon for more info and tickets.
      amazing! We are excited to present some
      of today's best films and filmmakers to our             For Closing Night, we're delighted to screen
      world-renowned, enthusiastic audiences.                 the funny, insightful new film Still Working 9
                                                              to 5, which reunites the stars of the 1980 box
      On Opening Night, join us for TWO of the                office hit 9 to 5 — Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and
      hottest parties of the year, along with a               Dolly Parton. They steal the show again, with                               Kathy Beeck, DIRECTOR
      screening of Immediate Family, a film about             colorful and comedic observations about the                        Robin Beeck, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
      a session band that elevated the sound of               original groundbreaking film as well as the
      the music we all know and love. And we’re               fight for women’s rights, which is as relevant     CONTENTS
      thrilled to welcome director Denny Tedesco              today as it was four decades ago.                         4     VENUES MAP
      (Wrecking Crew) back to BIFF!
                                                                                                                        5     TICKET INFO / VIRTUAL FILMS
                                                              Outdoor action, are you getting any? Join
      Our famous and delicious fundraiser,                    us at the BIFF Adventure Film Pavilion,                 6-7     PARTIES
      CineCHEF, is on Thursday night, and we will             where we will feature the best of today’s                 9     CINECHEF
      feature Colorado’s greatest chefs, presenting           adventure filmmakers and the most exciting
                                                                                                                        11    MUSIC/SINGER-SONGWRITER
      their film-inspired dishes for attendees.               new adventure films of the year. From river
      Other highlights include BIFF at Home!                  rafting, to highlining, to BMX biking, the AFP           12     YOUTH PROGRAMS
      virtual screenings, films at the Stewart                will get your adrenaline pumping.                        13     TALKBACK
      Auditorium in Longmont, our legendary
                                                                                                                       15     ADVENTURE FILM PAVILION
      parties, and the 11th Singer-Songwriter                 Get your tickets online, on the BIFF app, or at
      Showcase, at the hottest new music venue                the Visitor Information Kiosk, on the corner             S     Y    N     O     P     S       E      S
      in town, Velvet Elk Lounge.                             of Pearl and 13th Streets (1303 Pearl).                 17      THURSDAY
                                                              Thanks to the City of Boulder and Downtown
                                                                                                                  18-24       FRIDAY
      We are excited once again to feature a                  Boulder Partnership for making our ticket
      live in-person podcast interview from The               center happen!                                      25-36       SATURDAY
      Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg                                                                         36-43       SUNDAY
                                                              Big thanks to the hundreds of volunteers
                                                                                                                  46-47       LONGMONT
                                                              who help make BIFF “one of the coolest
               GET THE BIFF APP!                              film festivals in the world,” according to          56-57       OUR STAFF
Download the official app for the 2023 Boulder                Moviemaker Magazine. So, get a room,                58-61       SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
International Film Festival. Use this app to buy and access   buy a Festival Pass, and have a world-class
your tickets, view the film schedule and program, vote for
films, and so much more. Available for Android via Google
                                                              Film, Food and Music Vacation right here
                                                              in Boulder.
                                                                                                                 SPECIAL THANKS TO...
Play and iPhone in the App Store. We guarantee it’ll
provide you a whole new way to experience the Festival.                                                          BOARD OF DIRECTORS           ADVISORY BOARD
                                                                                                                 David Harrison, PRESIDENT    Chuck Hunker
                                                                        See you at the movies!                   Robin Beeck                  Carolyn Schuham
                                                                                                                 Kathy Beeck                  Sophie Walker
                                                                           — Robin & Kathy Beeck                 Annamaria Boehms             Sandy Younghans
                                                                                                                 Alan O’Hashi

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                                              The City of Boulder is                                        FREE GARAGE                                                                                       Description: 100.00%
                                              again offering FREE
                                              HOP rides during the                                                                                                                           BIFF Pass Pick-up
                                              Festival. Just flash your
                                                                                                                  Instructions:                           1426 Pearl Street
                                                                                                            The QR code will provide FREE PARKING
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                                                                                                                                March 2 & 3. Parking      Wednesday, March 1, 12-6pm
                                                                                                            garages are always free Saturday &
                                                                                                                                                                                             Thursday, March 2, 8am-8pm
                                                                                                                                                                                             Friday, March 3, 8am-8pm

$3 FROM 3 TO 3
                                                                                                            DIRECTIONS FOR USE
                                                                                                            • Insert the white gate ticket                                                   Saturday, March 4, 8am-6pm
Monday-Friday: pay just $3 when you enter                                                                     into the exit machine.                                                         Sunday, March 5, 8am-2pm

                                                                                                            • Scan this QR code under the red light
after 3pm and leave before 3am. Good at the city’s
                                                                                                              to receive your discount.
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           College  Ave Ave
        FILM VENUES                             BOX                1303 Pearl St.                               ADVENTURE FILM                                                   PARTY SPOTS
                                                                  (At the Visitor                               PAVILION
 Boulder Theater                                               Information Kiosk)                                                                                 1. Crystal Building                               • Adventure Film Party (p.7)
 2032 14th St.                                                                                                                                                       1401 Pearl St. (3rd Flr)                       • Singer-Songwriter
            Baseline Rd Rd
                                               REGISTRATION                                                                                                          • CineCHEF
                                                                                                                                                               Baseline Rd Rd (p.9)
                                                                                                                                                                  Baseline                                            Showcase (p.11)
 Grace Commons Church                          & PARKING                                                                                                             • Opening Night (p.24)
 1820 15th St.                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Japango
                                                   BIFF Pass Pickup
                                                PP 1426 Pearl St.                                                                                                       2. Hotel Boulderado                      1136 Pearl St.
 Boulder High Auditorium                                                                                                                                                   2115 13th St                          • Filmmaker Reception
 1604 Arapahoe Ave.                                Parking Garage free on                                                                                                  • Opening Night (p.24)                  Passholders only (p.7)
                                                PG Sat & Sun. $3 from                                             @ Grace Commons
 Century Boulder                                                                                                  1820 15th St.                                            • BIFF Noir Saturday
                                                   3pm-3am M-F                                                                                                               Night Party (p.7)                5. SmithKlein Gallery
 1700 29th St. (29th St. Mall)                                                                                    For more info p.15                                                                             1116 Pearl St.
 Longmont Museum’s                                     Parking Lot or Meters                                                                                            3. Velvet Elk Lounge/                    • BIFF Kickoff Party, Feb 8
                                                 P                                                                                                                                                                 (Donors & Sponsors only)
 Stewart Auditorium                                    free after 7pm & Sun                                                                                                The Post
 400 Quail Rd / Longmont, CO                                                                                                                                               2037 13th St.
                                                                                                                                                                           • Filmmaker Lounge

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03/2023 11:59:59 PM                                                                                                             BIFF at Home!                             MARCH 6-19

                                                                                                                                        Virtual Cinema
BIFF2023-1                                                                                                         You can watch some films in the 2023 BIFF program at home

                                                                                                                   on our Eventive Virtual Cinema platform. Grab some popcorn

% off.                                         FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE                                                 and go to to learn more and browse
                                                                                                                   our virtual film offerings (or scan the QR code here to start

                                               1303 Pearl St (Visitor Information Kiosk)
                                                                                                                   viewing). All Virtual Cinema screenings are $18 (invite the
                                      / 303.746.7268
                                                                                                                   whole family!) and will be available for pre-order beginning on
he QR code under the red light to HOURS                                                                            Feb 10. Most films on BIFF at Home Virtual
                                  Feb 17-19 . . . . . . . . 12-6pm                                                 Cinema will be available from March 6-19,
             CLOSE EACH NIGHT
                                                                                                                   but select films will have a shorter screening
                15-20 MINUTES                  Feb 24-March 1. . . . . 12-6pm
           AFTER THE LAST FILM                                                                                     window. And some films will limit the number
                                               March 2-5 . . . . . . . . 9am-8pm                                   of viewings, so order early. Grab your well-
             PROGRAM BEGINS.
                                                                                                                   worn sweats and BIFF at Home!
                                                                                                                                                                       SCAN THIS CODE!

    WHERE TO                                   HOW TO BUY ‘EM
    BUY ‘EM                                    ONLINE >                                                                   HOW TO GET ‘EM
    • Online at
                                               DOWNLOAD > BIFF app (p.1)                                                                     Buy and print at home
                                               BOX OFFICE PHONE >                                                                           Download to your phone
    • On the BIFF app (p.1)                    303.746.7268
                                                                                                                                          Stop by the BIFF Box Office
    • BIFF Box Office, 1303 Pearl              IN PERSON > At the BIFF
                                               Festival Box Office or                                                              Buy at venue 30 minutes before start time
    • At venues 30 minutes                     at the door of the venue 30
      before start time                        minutes before start time                     SCAN TO BUY TICKETS

                               Individual Film Program Tickets
                                  Regular admission ............................................ $18
                                                                                                                     FILM PASSES                                            FE ST
                                                                                                                                                                                    IVA L
                                                                                                                                                                                            PA S S

          Print or                                                                                                   The BIFF Festival Pass                                                 2023

                                  Seniors (65+up with valid i.d.): ........................ $17
                                  Students: see page 12 for FREE programs                                            For film lovers who want guaranteed
                               BIFF at Home VIRTUAL SCREENINGS............. $18                                      entrance* to BIFF film programs, parties
             your              Festival Pass .................................................... $495*              and events. (CineCHEF and Longmont
          mobile               Opening Night Film + Red Carpet Gala ......... $95*                                   Screenings are not included.)
      ticket and                  (BT-02, See p.24)                                                                  The BIFF Red Carpet Pass
         skip the              Closing Night Film + Awards ....................... $25*                              For the ultimate film lover who wants priority entrance to
                                  (BT-11, See p.43)                                                                  BIFF film programs and parties and wants to be first in
       box office              CineCHEF .......$100*               Amuse Bouche..........$150*                       line! Red Carpet Passes available for donors of $2,500
           lines!                 (See p.9)                                                                          (includes 2 passes) and up. Email
                               Hollywood Reporter Celebrity Interview .. $35*                                        for more information.
                                  BT-06, See p.27)
                               BIFF Noir ........................$20 online* /$25 at the door
                                  (See p.7)                                                                          BIFF Pass good-to-knows
      For Longmont
      tickets/passes,          Singer-Songwriter Showcase ...................... FREE                                • Passes are non-transferable.
                                  (See p.11)                                                                         • Photo ID may be required for entry.
      see p.46
                               Youth Programs .............................................. FREE                    * Passholders must arrive for programs at least
                                  (See p.12)                               *PLUS SERVICE CHARGES                       25 minutes prior to the start of the film to guarantee
     STANDBY TICKETS QUESTIONS?                                                                                      • Passes available for pickup starting Wednesday,
                                                                                                                       March 1 at 12pm at BIFF pass pickup at 1426 Pearl St.
     TICKETS SOLD OUT?                            Contact or call
                                                                                                                     BIFF Pass Pick-up
     Standby tickets are often available          303.746.7268 for more information.
     for purchase at the program venue                                                                               1426 Pearl St (Citizens National Bank Building)
                                                  Before you call for tickets, please note
     10 minutes prior to showtime.                the program numbers — you’ll need                                   Wednesday      March 1       Noon –6pm
     Head on over to find out!                    these to complete your order.                                       Thursday       March 2       8am – 8pm
                                                                                                                      Friday         March 3       8am – 8pm
     This program is subject to change. Films are not rated and may contain                                           Saturday       March 4       8am – 6pm
     mature subject matter. Tickets and Passes are non-refundable.                                                    Sunday         March 5       8am – 2pm

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OPENING NIGHT • FILMMAKER LOUNGE                                           •

                                                                            PROGRAM BT - 02
                                                                          Presented by 105.5 The Colorado Sound
                                                                          OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET GALA
                                                                              FRIDAY, March 3 • 5-7pm parties
                                                                                       Film 7:30pm $95 / FREE for Passholders
                                                                                OPENING NIGHT FILM
                                                                           AT THE BOULDER THEATER
                                                                           Your opening night ticket includes TWO pre-film parties at the
                                                                           Hotel Boulderado and our private festival party space on
                                                                           the third floor of the Crystal Building, 1401 Pearl (NE corner
                                                                           of 14th and Pearl). Attendees will enjoy delicious food from
                                                                           Auguste Escoffier, Savory Cuisines Catering and Pasta Jay’s, live
                                                                           music, wines from Scarpetta, local craft beers and hard seltzer
                                                                           from Upslope Brewing, and specialty cocktails from WhistlePig.
                                                                           As we wrap up the pre-film festivities, the Guerrilla Fanfare

                                                                           Brass Band will lead attendees and revelers “second line” style
                                                                           to the Boulder Theater for the screening of Immediate Family.
                                                                           After the film Ron Bostwick of 105.5 The Colorado Sound will
          — WITH —
          — WITH —                                                         interview director Denny Tedesco, EP Dan Braun, and band

                                                                           members Russ Kunkel and Steve Postell.
                                                                                                                    SEE P.24 FOR ALL THE DETAILS!

                                                                              THE BIFF FILMMAKER LOUNGE
                                                           PARTIES PAGE                         Velvet Elk Lounge / 2037 13th St.
                                                                                                Open to All 21+ Opens at 5pm
                       H O S T E D BY                                                           Special BIFF cocktail menu — grab a bite between shows!
                       H O S T E D BY
                       SCOTT FEINBERG
                       Senior Awards Analyst
                                                                              Welcome to the center of the social action at BIFF. The BIFF
                                                                              Filmmaker Lounge is party headquarters for BIFF attendees and
                       Senior Awards Analyst                                  anyone who wants to mingle with filmmakers, celebrities and
                                                                              fellow film fans. Check out the newest digs for great local music
                                                                              in Boulder — Velvet Elk Lounge!

                                                                              Singer-Songwriter Showcase
                                                                              Thursday, March 2 and Saturday, March 4 – 6-9:30pm
                                                                              Celebrating 11 years of the BIFF Singer-Songwriter Showcase! A
                                                                              fantastic lineup of musicians curated by local music supporter
                                                                              Sonic Guild (
       LISTEN WHEREVER                                                                 >>>>> WhistlePig Whiskey Tasting
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                                                                          PA R T I E S
                                                                            PRESENTED BY AUDI FLATIRONS

   RECEPTION                                                                ADVENTURE FILM PARTY
   SATURDAY, March 4                                                        FRIDAY, March 3, 9:30pm–Midnight
   3:30–5:30pm                                                              The Filmmaker Lounge at Velvet Elk
   Japango • 1136 Pearl St.                                                 2037 13th St.
   Japango returns as the fabulous host and                                 FREE with AFP or BIFF
   sponsor of this exclusive festival-favorite                              Ticket Stub or Pass
   event. Join us in one of the most beautiful
   rooms in town for a taste of modern
                                                                            Join us to celebrate the adventurous
                                                                                                                                 One free drink and tasty
   Japan, featuring delicious food, wine                                    spirit of Boulder and BIFF’s                         bites provided by The
   and beer. A menu of specialty cocktails                                                                                       Post Chicken & Beer and
                                                                            Adventure Film community. Meet
   playfully inspired by the BIFF film lineup                                                                               Audi Flatirons. Plus, win great
   will be served, as will great conversation                               the explorers, artists, and creators            prizes from our AFP partners,
   with fellow film lovers, filmmakers and                                  who will be sharing their stories at            including YETI coolers and
   special guests—you never know who might                                                                                  other great prizes!
   show up!                                                                 the Adventure Film Pavilion.
   Bring your pass and stop by early—                                                                                   Space is limited, so get there early!
   space is limited!                               Wild Waters

                                                         BIFF NOIR                              NEW LOC

                                                         SATURDAY, March 4, 8-11pm

                                                                          UNPARALLELED CONVERSATIONS
                                                         The Hotel Boulderado Ballroom / 2115 13th St.
                                                         FREE for Passholders / $20 advance purchase online / $25 at the door
                                                                                                — WITH —
                                                                             Enjoy a complimentary glass of beer, wine, or a WhistlePig
                          PAGE create
        film-inspired dishes and                                     HOLLYWOOD’S LEADING CONTENDERS
                                                                               specialty cocktail, tasty late night nibbles from the Hotel
                                                                                Boulderado, and live music by The Constant Tourists.
        compete for your vote.                                                  Rocky Mountain Battle of the Bands Acoustic winner,
                                                                            The Constant Tourists’ eclectic style can only be categorized
        Colorado wines from Bookcliff Vineyards                  as Gypsy folk rock with influences from the
        – Local craft beer and hard seltzer from                                                                           Adults 21 and over
                                                         Squirrel Nut Zippers, Pink Martini, Django Reinhardt,                only, please.
        Upslope – Whiskey from WhistlePig –              and waffles.                              H O S T E D BY
        Desserts – Music
                                                                                                                              BRING I.D.

        THURSDAY, March 2                                                                          SCOTT FEINBERG
                                                                                                   Senior Awards Analyst
        5pm – Amuse Bouche Preview                         PROGR A M BT-11
              (ticket required)                          CLOSING NIGHT FILM
                                                                                                          award sculptures. Then enjoy a special
                                                                                                          screening of Still Working 9 to 5,
        5:30–7:00pm CineCHEF                             & AWARDS CELEBRATION                             featuring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin
        Crystal Building on Pearl                        SUNDAY, March 5, 6:30pm (Passholders 6:15pm)     and Jane Fonda.
        NE Corner 14th & Pearl (3rd Floor)               Live Music 6:15-7:15pm Film starts 7:30pm        See page 43 for more info.
                                                         Boulder Theater
        See p.9 for details.                             $25 / Free for Passholders
                                                         Closing Night film: Still Working 9 to 5
                                                         Inside the Boulder Theater, enjoy music
                                                         with a feminist Americana vibe by Chella
                                                         & The Charm, followed by the BIFF Awards
                                                         Ceremony where we’ll honor the best of
                                                         the fest with their handcrafted Vielehr
                                                                                 LISTEN WHEREVER
                                                                                PODCASTS ARE HEARD

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cine                                       Featuring a Cast of

                                                                                                                    Award-Winning Chefs!

                                                                         T H U R S D AY•M A R C H 2
                                 5PM AMUSE BOUCHE PREVIEW (TICKET REQUIRED) • 5:30–7PM CINECHEF
                                         CRYSTAL BUILDING (NE CORNER OF 14TH & PEARL, 3RD FLOOR)
                                                     $150 AMUSE BOUCHE PREVIEW • $100 CINECHEF

    FABULOUS LINE-UP OF AWARD-WINNING CHEFS FROM                             2023 CHEFS
   BOULDER AND DENVER! Join us at our new, private space                    DANIEL ASHER, Executive Chef/Partner, River & Woods,
  on the 3rd floor of the Crystal Building (NE corner of 14th &             Ash’Kara, Driftwind, Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery
 Pearl). A big thanks to our sponsor, Unico, for donating this              PATRICK BALCOM, Executive Chef/Owner, Farow
 exciting new space.                                                        RICH BYERS, Executive Chef,
Chefs will use their amazing talents to create film-inspired                Jill’s Restaurant at the St Julien Hotel & Spa
dishes for attendees to enjoy. Taste the cinema-based master-               LINDA HAMPSTEN FOX, Executive Chef/Owner,
pieces and vote for your favorite, while enjoying live music from           The Bindery
Perpetual Motion, paired wines from Bookcliff Vineyards, a                  CHRIS ROYSTER, Executive Chef/Partner,
WhistlePig Whiskey tasting, local beers from Upslope Brewing,               The Flagstaff House
and desserts from Nothing Bundt Cakes.
                                                                            BOB SARGENT, Executive Chef/Owner,
 AMUSE BOUCHE VIP EXPERIENCE                                               Savory Cuisines Catering
Back by popular demand! Special Amuse Bouche Champagne                      MIKE THOM, Executive Chef,
Preview for those who want the ultimate CineCHEF experience.                Spruce Farm & Fish at the Hotel Boulderado
Usually sold-out, the Preview gets you in 30 minutes early (at
5pm) to enjoy a welcome glass of bubbly from McBride Sisters
and a special gift. Taste all the scrumptious chef delights be-
fore anyone else! Limited number available.

  CineCHEF is not included with the Festival Pass. Free for Red Carpet
  Passholders at $5,000+ Director and Leadership Circle levels only.

WINES: Bookcliff Vineyards
WHISKEY: WhistlePig Rye
BUBBLY: McBride Sisters
VENUE: Unico’s Crystal Building (NE corner of 14th & Pearl)
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   10 Boulder International Film Festival 2023
Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band

 LIVE MUSIC                                                                                                                                        Miguel Espinoza Fusion
FREE MUSIC                                              MORE MUSIC
FREE Live Music @ Velvet Elk Lounge                                                           Friday, March 3          LONGMONT
                                                Thursday, March 2
2037 13th St. (Opens 5pm)                       CINECHEF                                      OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
                                                Crystal Building, 14th and Pearl              Longmont Stewart Auditorium
                                                5:30–7pm                                      5:15–6:45pm
                                                Perpetual Motion                              Espresso!
                                                For guitarist Tom Carleno and violinist       Merging two musical traditions with
                                                Josie Quick, everything is an inspiration —   red-hot interpretations of American
                                                                                              swing and Gypsy jazz favorites. Very
SINGER-SONGWRITER                               bossa nova to blues, surf to swing.
                                                                                              danceable, this music is infectious.            Espresso!
SHOWCASE                                        Friday, March 3                               You owe it to your ears.
Thursday, March 2, 6-9:30pm                     OPENING NIGHT RED                             Saturday, March 4
                                                                                                                                               Tie Dye Sushi
Saturday March 4, 6-9:30pm
                                                CARPET GALA                                   BIFF NOIR
For the 11th edition of the BIFF Singer-        Parties at the Hotel Boulderado
                                                                                              Hotel Boulderado Ballroom
Songwriter Showcase, we collaborated            and the Crystal Building
with Sonic Guild to put together an             5–7pm
amazing lineup of local Colorado                                                              The Constant Tourists
                                                Hotel Boulderado –
musicians. They will perform this year                                                        Rocky Mountain Battle of the Bands
                                                Miguel Espinoza Fusion
at our new Filmmakers Lounge                                                                  Acoustic winner, The Constant Tourists'
                                                Winners of Westword's Best of World
and music venue, Velvet Elk. All                                                              eclectic style can only be categorized
                                                Music Award, Miguel Espinoza Fusion
are welcome. Sonic Guild supports                                                             as Gypsy folk rock with influences from
                                                has been delighting audiences wih their                                                        The Constant Tourists
the creation and performance of                                                               the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Pink Martini,
                                                original, Flamenco-infused music
extraordinary local music. Become a                                                           Django Reinhardt, and waffles.
                                                for half a decade.
member at
                                                Crystal Building - Tie Dye Sushi              Sunday, March 5
THURSDAY, MARCH 2                               Tie Dye Sushi is a colorful melding of        CLOSING NIGHT FILM
6-9:30PM                                        experimental jazz, funk, R&B, hip-
                                                hop, and rock infused with rhythmic
                                                                                              AND AWARDS
SINGER-SONGWRITERS                              inspiration from every corner of music        AT THE BOULDER THEATER
6:00           Dave Tamkin                      around the globe.                             Doors open 6:30pm /
                                                                                              6:15 for passholders                                    Perpetual Motion
7:00           Saja Butler                      Dance your way to the Boulder Theater
8:00           Veronica May                     with the Second Line stylings of the          Awards Ceremony 7:15pm
9:00           Megan Burtt                      Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band.                 Film starts at 7:30pm
                                                Bringing New Orleans- style funk to
                                                                                              Chella & The Charm
SATURDAY, MARCH 4                               Northern Colorado.
                                                                                              Chella & The Charm has a sound that
6-9:30PM                                                                                      speaks to the traditional country and
                                       Thanks to Lisa Bell Music and Roots                    western of yesteryear while tastefully                 Chella & The Charm
SINGER-SONGWRITERS                                                                            intertwining smart, modern lyricism and
                                       Music Project for additional BIFF music
6:00           Anna Cutler                                                                    catchy indie singer/songwriter sensibility.
7:00           Lucas Wolf              bookings. Go to                  This is a band with a heart of gold                  More at
8:00           Claire Heywood          for info on this                                       and a penchant for good whiskey.                          /music
9:00           Dzirae Gold             exciting new                                                                                                 Be a part of the
                                       venue.                                                                                                        conversation

                        Saja Butler                           Megan Burtt                        Anna                             Claire Heywood               Dzirae
                                                                                                 Cutler                                                        Gold

                                                                                                          Lucas Wolf

 Dave Tamkin                           Veronica May

                                                                                                                           FOR YOUTH 21 & UNDER
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    MARCH 3-5, 2023                                                                                                            (THIS INFO IN PROGR AM ON PAGE 11)

    TEEN SHORT FILM                                             F   R    E    E       F    I   L   M      S    C    R     E    E    N     I   N     G    S
                              Presented by
                              Shining Mountain
                              Waldorf School

                                                            PROGRAM      HS-02
    Friday, March 3, 6pm                                                                                  PROGRAM       GC-09
                                                            12:15pm Saturday, Boulder High Auditorium
    FREE – For kids, teens, and families                                                                  6pm Saturday, Grace Commons Church
             (With registration)
                                                            MY SISTER LIV
    Century Theater / 1700 29th St.
                                                            USA/Australia, Feature Documentary, 2022,     RIDE: A BRUTAL FAIRYTALE
    The new generation of teen filmmakers has               71 min / APPROVED FOR AGES 14+                Australia, Feature Documentary, 2022, 95 min
    a cinematic pulse on the modern world. With
    entries from local teens to international students,     Liv enters adolescence and struggles          BMX is extreme. Every race is a dance with danger.
    this year’s short films venture into experimental       with the relentless pressures of social       This film tracks the lives and careers of Sam and
    worlds, dramatic scenes, and investigative              media, depression, body dysmorphia            Alise Willoughby, two world champions who fall
    realms with thrills, chills, laughs, and gaffes. Plus   and, often, suicidal thoughts; her big        in love and conquer the world of BMX. Then, the
    animation! And all of these stories are unified by      sister Tess desperately struggles to save     unthinkable happens. RIDE paints a bold picture
    the maverick spirit of the teen filmmaker.              her. As Tess and her family learn to cope     of reinvention in the world of disability, and the
                                                            after unthinkable loss, they begin the        love that makes true champions and astonishing
    Join us for a fun-filled evening at our Teen Short      heartbreaking journey to understand the       human beings, both on and off the track.
    Film Competition Awards Night to celebrate these        circumstances that led to Liv’s death,
    emerging youth artists and this year’s short film       and talk to experts to provide hope and       DIRECTED BY SERGE OU
    nominees and winners.                                   solutions for this ever-growing epidemic.     FILM SUBJECTS SAM AND ALISE
    AGES 12+                                                                                              WILLOUGHBY IN PERSON
    • All attendees must register in advance                DIRECTED BY ALAN HICKS
    • Doors open 5:30pm                                     PRODUCED BY PAULA DUPRÉ PESMEN,
                                         SNACKS FROM
    • Program begins 6pm                                       CAMILLA MAZZAFERRO, OLIVIA AHNEMANN,
    • Arrive at 5:30pm to enjoy live                           LARISSA RHODES
      music performed by local teens.                       PAULA DUPRÉ PESMEN, OLIVIA AHNEMANN
                                                              AND FILM SUBJECTS HONEY BEUF
                                                              AND TESS KUNIK IN PERSON
    WORKSHOP:                                                                                             PROGRAM       HS-08
    Open for high school students grades 9-12                                                             3:15pm Sunday, Boulder High Auditorium
    Saturday, March 4, 11am
    Boulder High School Cafeteria                                                                         CASE FOR KINDNESS
    1604 Arapahoe Ave                                                                                     USA, Feature Documentary, 2022, 99 min
    Cost: $10 / Scholarships available
                                                                                                          Performing acts of kindness, even
    For info, email
                                                                                                          anonymously, releases endorphins that
    TICKETS IN ADVANCE ONLY                                 PROGRAM      HS-03                            make you feel good and increase your self-
    Presented by the Boulder County                         2:45pm Saturday, Boulder High Auditorium      esteem. But what about the far-reaching
    Film Commission and BIFF                                                                              impact of kindness on the recipients? Here
    Want to get into the film business? The place           AFGHAN DREAMERS                               we have personal stories from His Holiness
    to start is Production Assistant. The P.A., often       Afghanistan/USA, Feature Documentary,         the Dalai Lama and 100-year-old Norman
                                                            2022, 72 min                                  Lear, along with Ben Affleck, Garth Brooks,
    called the most important, yet most thankless           An all-girls' robotics team in Afghanistan    Lady Gaga, Trisha Yearwood, Luis Miranda
    job in film, is a career stepping stone in film and     risks it all to prove that it can compete     and many others to find real life moments
    video–you learn critical skills and get a front-row     against anyone in the world. Working in       where kindness made a huge difference.
    seat to the entire film production.                     secret under Taliban rule, the high-school-
       Instructor Tom Parkin has worked in film, TV         aged team members struggle in the face
                                                                                                          DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY STEVEN SAWALICH
    and video production since 1994, in roles from          of immense odds and ever present danger
                                                                                                          EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY JOHNNY ALAMO
                                                            and single-handedly begin to change
    P.A. all the way up to director. Start your career                                                    STEVEN SAWALICH, JOHNNY ALAMO IN PERSON
                                                            perceptions in their entrenched Islamic
    with a solid knowledge of the ins and outs of being
                                                            culture. SUBT I T LED
    a successful P.A.                                                                                                   BE A PART OF THE
    Limited to 30 participants. For tickets, etc:
                                                            DIRECTED BY DAVID GREENWALD                         Enjoy discussions with film subjects                         PRODUCED BY DAVID COWAN AND BETH MURPHY                  and filmmakers in person
                                                            DAVID GREENWALD, DAVID COWAN IN PERSON                    after these screenings.

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You’ve been moved?                                                  ALL Call2Action discussions are FREE and open to the public!
Now get moving!
Have you left a film fired up and wondered what
you can do? Engage with filmmakers, presenters
and fellow film lovers to enjoy the afterglow of
                                                             SNACKS FROM            TalkBacks will be held at or near the film venues,
the film experience. Learn what motivated the                                       with snacks provided by Made in Nature.
filmmakers and how that intertwines with the                                        Visit for more info and real
co-presenters’ missions. Learn about actions you                                    ways to get involved and make a difference. See the
can take to make a difference.                                                      5 Actions you can take for each film.

                                              T   A      L      K      B        A     C     K    S

      PROGRAM GC-01

     Grace Commons/Adventure Film Pavilion
     Friday, 10am
     Co-Presented by
     Boulder Open Space Conservancy
     Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks
     Synopsis p.21

      PROGRAM GC-03

     Grace Commons/Adventure Film Pavilion        PROGRAM CEN2-06                                    PROGRAM CEN2-09
     Friday, 2:45pm
                                                  FASHION REIMAGINED                                 JACK HAS A PLAN
     Co-Presented by
     Boulder Open Space Conservancy
                                                  Century Boulder                                    Century Boulder                                     Friday, 6:45pm                                     Saturday, 4pm
     Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks        Co-Presented by                                    Co-Presented by                                     Eco-Cycle                                          American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in
     Synopsis p.22                                                             Dying
                                                  Synopsis p.20                            
                                                                                                     Synopsis p.34
   Our thanks to Call2Action founders and         SATURDAY, MARCH 4
   supporters Sandy Younghans and
   Joellen Raderstorf, and these donors for                                                          PROGRAM GC-09
                                                  PROGRAM HS-02
   helping change the world!
                                                  MY SISTER LIV                                      RIDE: A BRUTAL FAIRYTALE
                                                                                                     Grace Commons/Adventure Film Pavilion
                                                  Boulder High Auditorium
                                                                                                     Saturday, 6pm
                                                  Saturday, 12:15pm
                                                                                                     Co-Presented by
                                                  Co-Presented by                                    Ignite Adaptive Sports
                                                  The Liv Project                          
                                                                          Paradox Sports
                                                  Synopsis p.28                            
                                                                                                     Synopsis p.33
                                                  PROGRAM GC-07
                                                                                                     SUNDAY, MARCH 5
                                                  A RIVER OUT OF TIME
                                                  Grace Commons/Adventure Film Pavilion
                                                  Saturday, 12:30pm                                  PROGRAM HS-08

                                                  Co-Presented by                                    CASE FOR KINDNESS
                                                  Conference on World Affairs                        Boulder High Auditorium
                                                                      Sunday, 3:15pm
                                                  Nature Conservancy
                                                                                 Discussion with filmmakers in attendance
                                                  Synopsis p.31                                      Synopsis p.40

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  10am - Path of the Panther
         (Synopsis p. 21)
                                         rock climbing                                                 FRIDAY, March 3, 9:30pm–midnight
                                                                                                       Velvet Elk Lounge
                                 INPERSON                                                              2037 13th St.
                                           river running
  12:30pm - PASANG: In the Shadow
             of Everest                                                                                FREE with Adventure Film Pavilion
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  2:45pm – Coextinction                                                                                Join us to celebrate the adventurous
            (Synopsis p. 22)
                                                                                                       spirit of Boulder and BIFF’s Adventure
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            (Synopsis p. 22)
                                             BMX biking                                                Film Pavilion. Meet and mingle with
                                                                                                       the explorers, artists and creators
  7:30pm – Adventure Shorts 1
            (Synopsis p. 22)                  highlining                                               who will be sharing their stories
  SATURDAY                                                                                             at the AFP.
  10am – The Yin and Yang of Gerry Lopez       kayaking
          (Synopsis p. 30)                                       TALK
                                                                                                               One free drink and appetizers
  12:30pm – A River Out of Time
              (+ Nuisance Bear + Eco-Hack)
                                                 running                                                       courtesy of Audi Flatirons,
                                                                                                               Velvet Elk Lounge and The Post
              (Synopsis p. 31)
  3:00pm – Adventure Shorts 2                    surfing

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                                                                                                          from our sponsors!
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  6pm – RIDE: A Brutal Fairytale
         (Synopsis p. 33)
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        Macky Auditorium                                                                 THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
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            (Synopsis p. 42)
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                                                                           P R O G R A M CEN2-01
                                                                           Thursday, 4:45pm, Century Boulder

                                                                         FAREWELL, MR. HAFFMANN
                                                                         France/Belgium, Feature Film, 2022, 115 min
                                                                         ALSO SCREENING SUNDAY, 12:30PM @BOULDER HIGH AUDITORIUM
                                                                         AND IN LONGMONT, SEE P.46

  P R O G R A M CEN1-01
                                                                           Winner of the 2022 Aspen Film Festival Audience Award,
                                                                           and many others
  Thursday, 4:15pm, Century Boulder
                                                                         As the Nazis move in on Paris, all members of the Jewish com-
CROWS ARE WHITE                                                          munity are instructed to come forward and identify themselves to
Japan/Ireland/USA, Feature Documentary, 2022, 98 min                     authorities. Dedicated jeweler Joseph Haffmann, fearing the worst,
 ALSO SCREENING SATURDAY, 1:15PM @CENTURY BOULDER                        arranges for his family to flee the city and offers his employee
                                                                         François Mercier the chance to take over his store until the conflict
  Delights in awkwardness… a tender and quite
       documentary.”       —T H E H O L LY W O O D R E P O R T E R
                                                                         subsides. But Haffmann’s attempts to escape are thwarted, and he
                                                                         is forced to return and seek his assistant’s protection. As Mercier
 How does a good Muslim son, Ahsen, tell his devout, far-away           and his wife Blanche move into the Haffmann home, the agreement
parents that he will marry a non-believing white woman named             turns into a Faustian bargain, one that will forever change the fate
“Dawn?” Well, he travels to a Japanese monastery to make a docu-         of all. Farewell, Mr. Haffmann is a suspenseful masterpiece, full of
mentary, and to get spiritual counseling, but the only helpful monk,     twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat, wonder-
Ryushin, prefers heavy-metal and sundaes over meditation. Ahsen          ing what could happen next. S U B T I T L E D
is soon kicked out because his cell phone rings during a ritual, so he
                                                                         DIRECTED BY FRED CAVAYÉ
and Ryushin rush out of the monastery and into a spiritual journey
                                                                         PRODUCED BY PHILIPPE ROUSSELET
of their own. But what about his long-dreaded Meeting With The           BOULDER PREMIERE
Parents? Ahsen needs to shoot that scene as the ending of this film,
but now he is running out of money, courage, and the patience of
Dawn. Shot over five years on three continents, Crows are White is
an exploration of truth, faith and love, from the top of a mountain to
the bottom of a sundae. PA R T I A L LY S U B T I T L E D

PRODUCED BY JILL AHRENS, RYAN AHRENS, RIEL ROCH DECTER,                                                            MANY FILMS
SEBASTIAN PARDO, BEN RENZO                                                                         @HOME           CAN BE SCREENED
BOULDER PREMIERE                                                                                                   VIRTUALLY • SEE P.5


                                                                                                      ©Nick Prendeville
                                                         P R O G R A M CEN2-02                                               P R O G R A M CEN2-03
                                                         Thursday, 7:15pm, Century Boulder                                   Friday, 10am, Century Boulder

                                                       FASHION REIMAGINED                                                  CINEMA SABAYA
                                                       UK/USA, Feature Documentary,                                        Israel/Belgium, Feature Film, 2021, 92 min
                                                       2022, 100 min
                                                                                                                           ALSO SCREENING SUNDAY,
          P R O G R A M CEN1-02                                                                                            10:30AM @CENTURY BOULDER
          Thursday, 6:45pm, Century Boulder
                                                        Fashion is among the most polluting

                                                       industries in the world, and unless a de-
                                                       signer personally visits each supplier, they                       “humor
                                                                                                                            ...the film is full of life, love,
                                                                                                                                    and authenticity...”     —VARIE T Y
        USA, Feature Documentary, 2022, 87 min         cannot be confident that their business is
                                                       sustainable and ethical. Yet no designer                             Based on a true story. A group of Arab
                                                       has ever embarked on such a journey                                 and Jewish women attend a video work-
         From "The First Time Ever I Saw Your         — until now. Amy Powney of Mother of                                shop at a small town community center run
        Face” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love” to “Kill-    Pearl is a rising star in the London fashion                        by Rona, a young filmmaker from Tel Aviv,
        ing Me Softly” and beyond, Roberta Flack       scene. When she wins the coveted Vogue                              who teaches them to document their lives.
        gave voice to a global soundtrack of beauty    award for the Best Young Designer of                                As each student shares footage from her
        and pain, love and anguish, hope and           the Year, which comes with a big cash                               home life with the others, their beliefs and
        struggle. A piano prodigy from an early age,   prize, Amy decides to use the money to                              preconceptions are challenged, conflicts
        Flack went on to become the first artist to    create a sustainable collection from field                          arise and barriers are broken down. The
        win a Grammy Award for Record of the Year      to finished garment and transform her                               group comes together as mothers, daugh-
        two years in a row. With exclusive access      entire business. Amy’s is a David and                               ters, wives and women living in a world
        to Flack’s archives of film, performances,     Goliath story about a fiercely determined                           designed to keep them apart, forming a
        interviews, home movies, photos, hit songs     young woman from a rural, working-class                             lasting bond as they learn more about each
        and unreleased music, Roberta docu-            background, fighting a highly-complex                               other... and themselves. S U B T I T L E D
        ments how Flack’s musical virtuosity was       behemoth of a system. It is also a lyrical
                                                                                                                           DIRECTED BY ORIT FOUKS ROTEM
        inseparable from her lifelong commitment       reflection on the cost of our own con-                              PRODUCED BY MAYA FISCHER,
        to civil rights.                               sumption.                                                           GAL GREENSPAN, ROI KURLAND
        DIRECTED BY ANTONINO D’AMBROSIO                                                                                    BOULDER PREMIERE
                                                       DIRECTED BY BECKY HUTNER
        AXEL CABALLERO                                 BOULDER PREMIERE

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                                                                          © Matt Barnes
  P R O G R A M CEN1-03                                                                     P R O G R A M CEN2-04
  Friday, 11am, Century Boulder                                                             Friday, 12:30pm, Century Boulder

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE: CARRY IT ON                                                           FOUR WINTERS
Canada, Feature Documentary, 2022, 90 min                                                 USA, Feature Documentary, 2022, 98 min

“ofShows  an artist out of step and far ahead
    her time…”   —T O R O N T O G L O B E A N D M A I L
                                                                                            …offers an enduring warning amid today’s
                                                                                                of authoritarianism.“     —T H E N E W Y O R K T I M E S

  Sometimes you have to carry the medicine a while
        people are ready for it.”                  —BUFF Y SAINTE-MARIE
                                                                                           When Nazis began to slaughter Jews in Poland, young Faye Schul-
                                                                                          man escaped to the forest. “All I owned was a rifle, a leopard-fur
                                                                                          coat and my camera,” she says in this film, 80 years later. She found
 Beverly (Buffy) Sainte-Marie, a proud full-blooded daughter of the                      the Jewish partisans, a 25,000-person guerrilla army of young
Cree Nation, was discovered singing in a coffeehouse by Bob Dylan                         Jewish men and women who, for four years, lived secretly across
and won “Best New Artist of the Year’’ by 1964. But her songs, like                       the dense forests of Eastern Europe. The partisan men and women
the anti-war anthem “Universal Soldier” and “Bury My Heart at                             engaged in treacherous acts of sabotage: blowing up trains, burning
Wounded Knee,” were released long before either issue was widely                          electric stations and attacking armed enemy headquarters, causing
popular, and they earned her an eight-year radio station blacklist                        constant death and destruction to Hitler’s Eastern war machine. In
by J. Edgar Hoover at the peak of her career. Buffy became the first                      Four Winters, the last surviving partisans relive their journey, sharing
mother to breast-feed her baby on live TV on Sesame Street and                            their stories of resistance, uncovering secrets held for a lifetime,
went on to be the first Indigenous person to win an Academy Award                         and revealing a heartfelt narrative of heroism, determination and
in 1983 for the song “Up Where We Belong,” from An Officer and                            resilience.
a Gentleman. Her prolific songwriting career produced big hits for
Elvis, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Glen Campbell, Neil Diamond, Cher                        DIRECTED BY JULIA MINTZ
and Jay-Z. Buffy has just completed another world tour and, like The                      PRODUCED BY JULIA MINTZ, DAN STURMAN, PETER FINE
Rolling Stones, is still rocking it out at 81.                                            BOULDER PREMIERE
                                                                                          JULIA MINTZ IN PERSON


                                                                                                        ©Nick Prendeville
                                                          P R O G R A M CEN2-05                                               P R O G R A M CEN2-06
                                                          Friday, 3:15pm, Century Boulder                                     Friday, 6:45pm, Century Boulder

                                                        CASE FOR KINDNESS                                                   FASHION REIMAGINED
                                                        USA, Feature Documentary, 2022, 99 min                              UK/USA, Feature Documentary, 2022, 100 min
          P R O G R A M CEN1-04
                                                        ALSO SCREENING SUNDAY, 3:15PM
          Friday, 2pm, Century Boulder
                                                        @BOULDER HIGH AUDITORIUM
                                                                                                                             Fashion is among the most polluting in-
                                                                                                                            dustries in the world, and unless a designer
        THE LOST KING                                   AND IN LONGMONT, SEE P.46
                                                                                                                            personally visits each supplier, they cannot
        UK, Feature Film, 2022, 108 min                  Performing acts of kindness, even anon-                           be confident that their business is sustain-
        ALSO SCREENING SATURDAY, 7:30PM                 ymously, releases endorphins that make                              able and ethical. Yet no designer has ever
        @BOULDER HIGH AUDITORIUM                        you feel good and increase your self-es-                            embarked on such a journey — until now.
        AND IN LONGMONT, SEE P.46                       teem. But what about the far-reaching                               Amy Powney of Mother of Pearl is a rising
         In this inspiring true story, amateur         impact of kindness on the recipients? Here                          star in the London fashion scene. When
        historian Philippa Langley believes she has     we have personal stories from His Holiness                          she wins the coveted Vogue award for the
        made the archeological find of the century:     the Dalai Lama and 100-year-old Norman                              Best Young Designer of the Year, which
        the lost burial site of King Richard III. But   Lear, along with Ben Affleck, Garth Brooks,                         comes with a big cash prize, Amy decides
        her passion and unrelenting research            Lady Gaga, Trisha Yearwood, Luis Miranda                            to use the money to create a sustainable
        are met with skepticism by the academic         and many others to find real-life moments                           collection from field to finished garment
        establishment. The Lost King is a magi-         where kindness made a huge difference.                              and transform her entire business. Amy’s is
        cal adventure that tells the true story of a    Featuring stories of bullying, mental health,                       a David and Goliath story about a fiercely
        woman who refused to be ignored, took           racial injustice and climate change, Case                           determined young woman from a rural,
        on Britain’s most eminent historians, and       for Kindness builds the case that civili-                           working-class background, fighting a high-
        forced them to rethink the legacy of one        zation and humanity itself could not exist                          ly-complex behemoth of a system. It is also
        of the most controversial rulers in English     without kindness.                                                   a lyrical reflection on the cost of our own
        history. Directed by two-time Oscar-nom-                                                                            consumption.
                                                        DIRECTED AND PRODUCED
        inee Stephen Frears (The Queen, A Very          BY STEVEN SAWALICH                                                  DIRECTED BY BECKY HUTNER
        English Scandal) and starring two-time          PRODUCED BY MELINDA CEA, VICTORIA SMITH,
        Oscar-nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape                                                                              PRODUCED BY BECKY HUTNER,
                                                        ISABELLE THOMAS, RANDY WARD,                                        LINDSAY LOWE, ANDREA VAN BEUREN
        of Water, Spencer) as Langley. Also starring    TERI WEINBERG                                                       BOULDER PREMIERE
        Steve Coogan, Harry Lloyd, and Mark Addy.       EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY JOHNNY ALAMO                                             TALK
                                                        COLORADO PREMIERE
        PRODUCED BY STEVE COOGAN,                                                                                                        TalkBack following
        CHRISTINE LANGAN, DAN WINCH                                                                                                      the film at the venue.
        PRESENTED BY IFC FILMS                                                                                                           See p.13
                                                                                             INPERSON                        INPERSON

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                                                                             credit Carlton Ward
        P R O G R A M GC-01                                                                          P R O G R A M GC-02
        Friday, 10am, Grace Commons Church                                                           Friday, 12:30pm, Grace Commons Church

      PATH OF THE PANTHER                                                                          PASANG: IN THE
      USA, Feature Documentary, 2022, 89 min                                                       SHADOW OF EVEREST
      ALSO SCREENING IN LONGMONT, SEE P.46                                                         USA, Feature Documentary, 2022, 71 min
        Winner at the Florida,                                                                       Winner at Banff and seven other film festivals
        Mill Valley, and Naples Film Festivals
                                                                                                    PASANG: In the Shadow of Everest brings to life the untold and
      A once-in-a-lifetime sighting triggers a deep dive into the un-                             inspiring story of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, the Indigenous trailblazer
      charted world of the Florida panther, a big cat perched on the edge                          who battled racism, gender discrimination, and political opposi-
      of extinction. It’s a race against time — to record the unseen lives                         tion in her quest to become the first Nepali woman to summit Mt.
      of an icon surviving in an ancient ecosystem — before a surge of                             Everest. As an uneducated Indigenous woman and a Buddhist in a
      new roads and development transforms Florida’s last connected                                Hindu kingdom, Pasang’s dream of scaling the legendary mountain
      landscape into cookie-cutter subdivisions. On the front lines of a                           pits her against her family, foreign climbers, her own government
      struggle resonating across the globe, battle lines are being drawn.                          and nature itself. Her courageous, tragic journey would greatly move
      Territory marked. But whose dominion is this? The future of the pan-                         her country, inspiring new generations to reach for their rights. This
      ther, and our planet, may rest on the answer.                                                is Pasang’s story. S U B T I T L E D
      DIRECTED BY ERIC BENDICK                                                                     DIRECTED BY NANCY SVENDSEN
      PRODUCED BY ERIC BENDICK, TORI LINDER,                                                       PRODUCED BY RICHARD LEVIEN, CHRISTY MCGILL, SHARON WOOD
      CARLTON WARD JR., THOMAS WINSTON                                                             BOULDER PREMIERE
      BOULDER PREMIERE                                                                             CHRISTY MCGILL AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
      TORI LINDER IN PERSON                                                                        ALISON LEVINE IN PERSON


                   TalkBack following
                   the film at the venue.
                   See p.13
                                                                                                                              MANY FILMS
                                                                                                          @HOME               CAN BE SCREENED
                                                                                                                              VIRTUALLY • SEE P.5


                                                                                                                PROGRAM GC- 05
                                                                                                                Friday, 7:30pm, Grace Commons Church

                                                                                                              ADVENTURE SHORTS 1
                                                                                                              ALSO SCREENING IN LONGMONT, SEE P.46

                                                                                                             FIGHT OR FLIGHT
                                                                                                             USA, Short Documentary, 2022, 14 min
                                                                                                             The first female pilot employed by
                                                                                                             Colorado Parks and Wildlife shares
                                                                                                             her love of flying and how it helped her
                                                                                                             face her past and heal.
                                                                                                             DIRECTED AND PRODUCED
                                                                                                             BY LINDSEY HAGEN
                                                                                                             BOULDER PREMIERE
              P R O G R A M GC-03                                                                            LINDSEY HAGEN IN PERSON
              Friday, 2:45pm, Grace Commons Church

           COEXTINCTION                                                                                      WARREN MILLER'S
           Canada, Feature Documentary, 2021, 94 min                                                         DAYMAKER PART
             ...the catastrophic environmental                                                               5: AK HEIGHTS
                    of events playing out                                                                    USA, Short Documentary, 2022, 20 min
            around us.” — V A N C O U V E R S U N                                                              First in-person screening of Part 5
                                                                                                               of the 5-part series looking at the
            Beautiful and majestic, the last remain-                                                          making of Warren Miller’s Daymaker.
           ing 73 orcas off the British Columbia coast         P R O G R A M GC-04                           This year, the film crew came to
           are capable of heartbreaking ritual upon            Friday, 5:15pm, Grace Commons Church          Haines, Alaska, where each spring the
           the death of a pup. These Southern Resi-                                                          greatest names in skiing and snow-
           dent orcas are critically-endangered, partly      WILD WATERS                                     boarding come for its insane terrain.
           because of dammed-up Canadian rivers,             France, Feature Documentary, 2022, 85 min
                                                                                                             The crew teamed up with a no-frills
           and now an even worse threat: a giant             Adventurer, competitor, daughter, friend,      heli-op and soon found out that there
           oil-pipeline terminal that will fill the orcas'   pioneer, hero and badass-human are all          are no guarantees in Alaska.
           small ocean strait with huge oil tankers          words used to describe French kayaker           Special thanks to Outside,
           from all over the world. Two female film-         Nouria Newman. In Wild Waters, we follow        at
           makers fight alongside Indigenous leaders         Nouria as she prepares to become the            DIRECTED BY
           and scientists to protect these orca, their       first female to run a 100-foot waterfall; we    CHRIS PATTERSON
           interconnected and collapsing ecosystem,          watch her grow from a young, keen Olympic       EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY
           and human life in the Pacific Northwest. No       hopeful to one of the greatest kayakers of      JEFF MOORE, JOSH HASKINS
           species goes extinct in isolation.                                                                JOSH HASKINS IN PERSON
                                                             all time — male or female. However, running
                                                             some of the world’s hardest whitewater
           PRODUCED BY NICHOLAS CASTEL,                      isn’t Nouria’s biggest life challenge. Facing   WALKING ON CLOUDS
           ELENA JEAN, ANDREW LUBA, GLORIA PANCRAZI          personal trauma throughout, Nouria push-        Brazil, Short Documentary, 2022, 7 min
           COLORADO PREMIERE                                 es back to make her own path, transform-          Winner, Best Sports
                         TALK                                ing into her truest self as an athlete and a      Documentary at DOC LA
                         BACK                                woman, becoming a once-in-a-generation          Experience the thrilling walk between
                                                             kayaker. PA R T I A L LY S U B T I T L E D      two manned balloons as Rafael Bridi
                           TalkBack following
                           the film at the venue.            DIRECTED BY DAVID ARNAUD                        attempts to achieve the Guinness
                           See p.13                          PRODUCED BY RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE                Record for the highest highline walk.
                                                             U.S. PREMIERE                                   SUBTITLED
INPERSON     INPERSON                                                                                        DIRECTED BY RENAN KAMIZI
                                                                                                             PRODUCED BY JOAO JUCHEM

           22 Boulder International Film Festival 2023
                                                                                      P R O G R A M BT-01
                                                                                      Friday, 3:15pm, Boulder Theater

                                                                                    DESPERATE SOULS, DARK CITY AND
                                                                                    THE LEGEND OF MIDNIGHT COWBOY
                                                                                    USA, Feature Documentary, 2022, 101 min
                                                                                    ALSO SCREENING SATURDAY, 7:45PM @CENTURY BOULDER
                                                                                    AND IN LONGMONT, SEE P.46
A VOICE FOR THE WILD                                                                This is not a documentary about the making of Mid-
USA, Short Documentary, 2022, 20 min
                                                                                    night Cowboy, the first X-rated film to win an Oscar. It is
  An exciting sequel to BIFF’s 2022 Audience Award-winning film                     about a humane and groundbreaking masterpiece and
  Breaking Trail with Emily Ford and Diggins the dog
                                                                                    the flawed but gifted people who made it. It is about the
In winter, during subzero temperatures, Black backpacker Emily Ford and             1960s, a troubled era of cultural ferment, about social
sled dog Diggins attempt to cross the one-million-acre Boundary Waters              and political change, and about broken dreams and
Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota to raise awareness about copper                  strivers, then and now. It is about an era that made a
mining threats in the region.                                                       movie and a movie that made an era. Featuring extensive
DIRECTED BY JESSE ROESLER • PRODUCED BY PETE MARSHALL                               archival material and compelling new interviews, director
COLORADO PREMIERE                                                                   Nancy Buirski illuminates how one film captured the es-
                                                                                    sence of a time and a place, reflecting a rapidly changing
SKIN SWIMMER                                                                        society with striking clarity. Based on the New York Times
USA, Short Documentary, 2022, 7 min                                                 bestseller Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Liberation
Roberta trains for one of the most challenging feats in action sports – an          and the Making of a Dark Classic by Glenn Frankel.
ice mile in 35-degree water, wearing only a swimsuit. Join resident seals
on this insane and full-body-numbing adventure.                                     DIRECTED BY NANCY BUIRSKI
                                                                                    PRODUCED BY NANCY BUIRSKI, SIMON
BOULDER PREMIERE                                                                    KILMURRY, SUSAN MARGOLIN
                                                                                    BOULDER PREMIERE

UK, Short Documentary, 2022, 25 min
  Nominated for a 2023 Academy Award
A man is pacing at an ancient cabin on a windy island in the Arctic, wait-
ing. One night, strange new sounds begin outside the cabin, growing loud-
er until almost deafening. As the cabin door opens in the morning, we see                                               MANY FILMS
one of the most breathtaking spectacles ever captured on film. S U B T I T L E D                      @HOME             CAN BE SCREENED
                                                                                                                        VIRTUALLY • SEE P.5


                                                                                           OPENING NIGHT
                                                                                           RED CARPET
                                                                                           FRIDAY, MARCH 3 @ 5PM

                                                                                           PRESENTED BY 105.5 THE COLORADO SOUND
                                                                                           $95 / FREE FOR PASSHOLDERS
                                                                                           5-7PM PRE-FILM PARTIES
                                                                                           7PM BOULDER THEATER DOORS OPEN
                                                                                           FILM STARTS 7:30PM
          P R O G R A M BT-02
          Friday                                                                           Post-film interview by Ron Bostwick of the Colorado
          Parties 5-7pm (see details at right)                                             Sound with Director Danny Tedesco, Executive
          Film 7:30pm at Boulder Theater                                                   Producer Dan Braun, and band members Russ Kunkel
                                                                                           and Steve Postell.
        USA, Feature Documentary, 2022, 102 min                       5-7PM PRE-FILM FESTIVITIES

          (A) those cats are f*cking good, and (B)
                 talking to each other.”         —DAVID CROSBY            2      P A R T I E S                  2       V E N U E S
         Immediate Family is a film about a session band         1                                              2
        whose members accomplished incredible feats, like
        knocking out Werewolves of London in just one after-
        noon and earning nearly a hundred gold and platinum
                                                                  HOTEL BOULDERADO BALLROOM                     THE CRYSTAL BUILDING
                                                                  2115 13th St.                                 1401 Pearl
        records over five decades. The greatest session bands
                                                                  A menu inspired by cuisines around            (NE corner of 14th and Pearl, 3rd Floor)
        have the ability to transform a raw song into a far
        higher artistic place than even the original songwriter   the world from the Auguste Escoffier          Tasty housemade Italian specialties
        could ever have imagined. And that is the singular        School of Culinary Arts • Music by            from Pasta Jay’s • Inspired bites
        genius of The Immediate Family, a band that has ele-      Miguel Espinoza Fusion                        created by Savory Cuisines Catering
        vated the sound of generations, including the music                                                     • Music by Tie Dye Sushi
        of James Taylor, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson
        Browne, and Keith Richards, as well as Neil Young,             Wines by Scarpetta • Local beer and Spiked Snowmelt craft hard
        David Crosby, Graham Nash, Don Henley, Phil Collins,           seltzer by Upslope Brewing • Specialty cocktails from WhistlePig Rye
        Bonnie Raitt, Warren Zevon, Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett          Whiskey • The Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band will lead attendees and
        and Jimmy Buffett. This small, amiable team of players         revelers “second line” style to the Boulder Theater.
        would change the course of musical history, starting
        with the sound of the 70s and all that came after.
                                                                       P A S S H O L D E R S ! OPENING NIGHT IS RESERVED SEATING ONLY.
        DIRECTED BY DENNY TEDESCO                                      ALL PASSHOLDERS MUST RSVP TO RESERVE SEATS. Please email RSVP@
        PRODUCED BY JONATHAN SHELDON,                         by Monday, Febuary 20. (Opening Night Gala ticket buyers will
        GREGORY RICHLING, JACK PIATT                                   receive seating upon purchase.)

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