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Longmont Museum Hosts Boulder International Film Festival March 1-3

For a fourth year, Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium will host the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) on March 1-3. An Opening Night Party is scheduled for Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m.
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Stewart Auditorium at the Longmont Museum (Photo by Rick Brennan/ Longmont Observer)

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For a fourth year, Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium will host the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) on March 1-3. An Opening Night Party is scheduled for Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m.

Now in its 15th year, the Boulder International Film Festival is a four-day celebration of cinema and the arts. Each year the festival engages more than 25,000 film connoisseurs, media and industry members.

According to its website, BIFF has been called one of the most influential young film festivals in the U.S. and was named one of the “25 coolest film festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine.

The Longmont Museum's Stewart Auditorium will host screenings of nine BIFF feature films and three shorts programs.

The festival kicks off with the feature documentary "You Are Here: A Come From Away Story" at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 1. Producer Peter Gentile will be at the screening.

Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $14 for seniors and $12 for Longmont Museum members. Longmont full festival passes are
$150 or $135 for museum members. The pass includes entrance to all 2019 BIFF films and events at the Longmont Museum.

You can purchase tickets by calling the box office at 303-651-8374 or online by clicking the links in the descriptions below.

This year’s BIFF films screening at the Longmont Museum:

Friday, March 1, 3 pm
Canada, Feature Documentary, 2018, 84 min
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This lovely feature documentary shows the big heart of the little town of Gander, Newfoundland, when 38 airliners carrying 7,000 passengers were forced to land at their airport after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Although the Ganderites struggled with the dozens of new languages, they were ingenious in solving the huge logistical problems, like turning the hockey rink into a giant refrigerator.  Among other things, the film pulls back the emotional layers surrounding the five days that the community housed, fed and took care of the dislocated passengers (or the “come-from-aways” in Newfoundland parlance). This beautiful, feel-good film ends appropriately with the opening of the hit Broadway musical “Come from Away.” 
Directed by Moze Mossanen
Producer Peter Gentile (in person)

Friday, March 1, 7 pm
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  • Life in Miniature
    UK, Short Documentary, 2018, 5 min
    Direct to BIFF from Sundance 2019 

    A proud Yorkshire woman reflects on her life and art as she carves her place in the precious world of miniatures. 
    Directed by Ellen Evans

  • Magic Alps
    Italy, Short Film, 2018, 14 min
    Winner at Aspen and AFI Film Festivals

    When an Afghan refugee arrives in Italy with his goat to seek asylum, an Italian immigration officer finds himself in a difficult position because he doesn't know what to do with the animal. SUBTITLED
    Directed by Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi

  • Hybrids
    France, Short Animation, 2017, 6 min
    When marine wildlife must adapt to the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change. 
    Directed by Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion

  • Fauve
    Canada, Short Film, 2018, 16 min
    Winner at 13 film festivals

    Alone in the wild, two boys play a game around a surface mine. Will the game be as harmless as they think? SUBTITLED
    Directed by Jeremy Comte

  • Salon
    Ireland, Cuba, Short Documentary, 2017, 2 min
    Made as a result of a conversation with Werner Herzog on a park bench in Cuba, this film examines a woman's unusual motives for visiting the beauty salon every day. SUBTITLED
    Directed by Bob Gallagher
    Bob Gallagher (in person)

  • Mamartuile
    Mexico, Short Film, 2017, 15 min
    Winner at Chicago, Berlin, Palm Springs, Mexico and Seoul film festivals 

    The president of Mexico spends his final days in office making plans for his future. He even dances around his desk. Everything looks in order, until an international conflict disrupts his pleasant dreams of retirement. SUBTITLED
    Directed by Alejandro Saevich

  • Animal Behaviour
    Canada, Short Animation, 2018, 14 min
    Nominated for a 2019 Academy Award

    Five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner feelings in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist. 
    Directed by David Fine, Alison Snowden

Saturday, March 2, 10 am
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  • A New View of the Moon
    USA, Short Documentary, 2018, 3 min
    A man took a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: the moon. They are astounded. 
    Directed by Alex Gorosh

  • One Cambodian Family Please for My Pleasure
    USA, Short Film, 2018, 13 min
    Direct to BIFF from Sundance 2019
    In 1981, a lonely refugee from Czechoslovakia paints an all-too-appealing picture of her American life as she writes a letter begging an organization to send a Cambodian refugee family so that she can help resettle them in her new “hometown of dreams”: Fargo, North Dakota. Based on the true story of the director’s mother, Helena. 
    Starring Emily Mortimer 
    Directed by A.M. Lukas

  • Never Land
    USA, Short Film, 2018, 16 min

    This short film tells the story of an inner-city foster boy with nothing but himself and his imagination to keep him company. His only escape comes through his daydreams to Neverland, where all little boys without mothers and fathers go to fit in as Lost Boys. 
    Directed by Brett Smith

  • Age of Sail
    USA, Short Animation, 2018, 12 min
    Shortlisted for a 2019 Academy Award

    From Google’s immersive storytelling unit and set on the open ocean in 1900, Age of Sail is the story of William Avery, an old sailor who is adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds hope in his darkest hours. 
    Directed by John Kahrs

  • Armor del Amor
    USA, Short Animation, 2018, 2 min
    A kind of nature “documentary” that follows the mating rituals of the armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) to discover the dark underbelly of modern mammalian dating. 
    Directed by Kirk Kelley

  • Caroline
    USA, Short Film, 2018, 12 min
    Winner at 10 film festivals

    In 2005, three children are locked in a car in Texas on a hot day, and six-year-old Caroline must save them. 
    Directed by Logan George, Celine Held

  • Wave
    Ireland, Short Film, 2017, 14 min
    A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language, baffling linguistic experts from around the globe. 
    Directed by Benjamin Cleary, TJ O'Grady Peyton

Saturday, March 2, 12:15 pm
USA, Feature Documentary, 2018, 79 min
Award-winning filmmaker Michael Brown (Farther Than the Eye Can See, High Ground) returns to BIFF. 
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Making your first solo kayak run of the Grand Canyon is daunting, particularly if you are totally blind. Erik Weihenmayer has already overcome some stunning challenges for both sighted and blind people, including summiting Mount Everest. But whitewater kayaking is different; the water moves unpredictably, the rocks that make up the canyon walls are absolutely unforgiving, and the roar cuts Weihenmayer off from his guide’s voice and threatens his kayak. How will Erik react when disaster strikes on Lava Falls, the most dangerous rapid on the Colorado River?  The Weight of Water is the story of a blind man balancing fear in the midst of chaos, and the powerful desire to be free from a prison of darkness. Directed by Michael Brown
Michael Brown (in person)

Saturday, March 2, 2:30 pm
Finland, Feature Film, 2018, 95 min
Finnish director Klaus Härö’s film The Fencer (BIFF 2015) was shortlisted for an Academy Award
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Elderly Finnish art dealer Olavi still dreams of “one last deal” that will make his retirement comfortable. His dream appears to be answered at an auction preview where he spots an unattributed painting that could be worth a fortune. Olavi is a wily businessman, but his lifelong obsession with art has long ago alienated his family. Then, out of the blue, his grown daughter reappears, along with his moody teenage grandson Otto, an art student who needs an internship. Together, Olavi, with his vast contacts in the art world, and Otto, with his prodigious tech skills, become a dynamic art-detective duo. SUBTITLED
Directed by Klaus Härö

Saturday, March 2, 4:45 pm
USA, Feature Documentary, 2018, 103 min
Narrated by Jodi Foster
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Paris-born Alice Guy-Blaché was the world's first female film director. Before she pioneered the narrative film in 1894, movies were documentaries. She introduced dancing girls and romantic comedies. She wrote or produced more than 1,000 films, including some 150 with synchronized sound. She founded one of the first film studios in the US, but her success and accomplishments have been shockingly neglected for more than a century. Even worse, film historians have misattributed many of her greatest films to men. Pamela B. Green’s energetic film is a thrilling detective story, tracing how this brilliant founding artist was nearly erased from history and beginning Guy-Blaché’s reclamation. SUBTITLED
Directed by Pamela B. Green

Saturday, March 2, 7:15 pm
USA, Feature Documentary, 2017, 85 min
Winner of Best Documentary and/or Audience at 11 film festivals
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Judge Craig Mitchell is the definition of inspirational. By day he presides over a criminal court for Los Angeles County but, by early morning, he trades his judicial garb for tennis shoes and running shorts as he jogs the darkened streets of LA among the people who call Skid Row home. He starts a running club comprised of homeless addicts, a recovering single mom and a paroled murderer who consider themselves among those least likely to succeed. As they train together to run in international marathons, they learn to dream big. 
Directed by Gabriele Hayes, Mark Hayes
Judge Craig Mitchell (in person)

Sunday, March 3, 10 am
UK/USA, Feature Documentary, 2018, 93 min
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Everything that touches our daily lives, like social media, e-commerce and even emojis, had its original vision at General Magic, the most spectacularly successful business failure in history. In 1994, the company invented and produced the world's first smart phone, which worked fine. But there was little demand, mainly because this was before the Internet, 3G and Google: the world wasn’t ready to hold the world in its hands. General Magic failed big and messy, but its brilliant young engineers fanned out and literally changed the world—they invented the iPad, the iPhone and the Android. And the company, remarkably, caught its rocketing rise and dismal fall all on video. This film is a tale of how great vision and epic failure can change the world. 
Directed by Sarah Kerruish, Matt Maude

Sunday, March 3, 12:15 pmUSA, Feature Documentary, 2018, 96 min
Winner at 8 film festivals
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The rollicking, foot-stomping heart of competitive bluegrass is the Old Fiddler’s Convention run by the Moose Lodge in Galax, VA. Sister filmmakers Julie Simone and Vicki Vlasic, returning to their Appalachian roots, were given permission to film the festival for the first time in its 80-year history because Lodge members remember the sisters’ grandpa. From multi-generations jamming in the parking lots, to the ultra-competitive instrumental contests, we are eye witnesses to the folk roots of some of the greatest and most authentic bluegrass in America. And when the top 10 finalists are announced in the ultra-competitive guitar competition, we’re in for an exciting and unexpected musical climax. Fiddlin’ is a joyous celebration of Americana. 
Directed by Julie Simone
Director/Producer Julie Simone, Producers Jill Mazursky and Vicki Vlasic, Executive Producer Rick Vlasic and Associate Producer Lynn C. Levy (in person)

Sunday, March 3, 2:45 pm
USA, Feature Documentary, 2018, 80 min
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In 1965, Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt. Everest, invited Senator Robert Kennedy to the highly publicized first ascent of a remote mountain in the Yukon named after the late president, JFK. Jim and RFK became great friends, and Jim gave the eulogy at Bobby Kennedy's funeral. Fifty years later, the sons of the original climbing team—Bob Whittaker, the former hard-partying road manager of Mud Honey and R.E.M, and Chris Kennedy, son of Bobby, embark on an expedition to climb the mountain for the 50th anniversary of the famous original climb, though admittedly, they are not in great shape. Featuring interviews with, and wild instrumentals by, Eddie Vedder, and never-before-seen footage of Robert Kennedy, this climbing film really rocks. 
Directed by Eric Becker 
Bobby Whittaker (in person)

Sunday, March 3, 5 pm
USA, Feature Documentary, 2018, 91 min
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When young urban foodie couple John and Mollie Chester get booted from their tiny LA apartment because of their barking dog, they leap into buying a run-down 200-acre-farm an hour north of the city. But the farm's soil is so depleted and drought-ridden that it will not even grow weeds, and John and Mollie know nothing about farming. So, they consult a Zen-farming expert named Alan York, who suggested a fantasy-utopian farm, one involving 70 different species of 10,000 fruit trees and 200 different crops, all laid out in Van Gogh whorls, with free-ranging animals like ducks, chickens and pigs to fertilize the soil. When the farm’s ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chester’s hope. But as their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the wisdom of nature, and of life itself. 
Directed by John Chester

Sunday, March 3, 7:15 pm
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  • Little Fiel
    Mozambique, USA, Short Animation, 2017, 16 min
    Winner of 14 film festivals

    This short documentary, which uses puppets made from AK-47 parts, is based on the horrific childhood memories of renowned artist Fiel dos Santos. He grew up during the 16-year Mozambique civil war... another proxy war sustained by foreign powers. SUBTITLED
    Directed by Irina Patkanian
    Irina Patkanian (in person)

  • Brian and Charles
    UK, Short Film, 2017, 12 min
    From Aspen Shortsfest 2018

    Brian, by choice, has lived alone for many years in a cottage on the rainy moors, tending his sheep. This lovely Monty-Pythonesque tale involves Brian's up-and-down, emotional relationship with his friend Charles from the farm. (No, Charles is not a sheep...that's another movie). Charles is something completely different. 
    Directed by Jim Archer

  • Brotherhood
    Canada, Tunisia, Qatar, Sweden, Short Film, 2018, 25 min
    Winner at 11 film festivals around the world

    Mohamed, a hardened shepherd living in rural Tunisia with his wife and two sons, is deeply shaken by the return of his estranged son, Malik, from Syria, accompanied by a mysterious new wife. SUBTITLED
    Directed by Meryam Joobeur

  • The Frenchy
    USA, Short Documentary, 2018, 14 min
    Winner of Pure Joy Award at the 5 Point Adventure Film Festival

    Jaques “The Frenchy” Houot is an 82-year-old ski racer, competitive mountain biker, incorrigible flirt and one of Carbondale's most famous characters. But the real story is how he inspires us with his contagious love of life, epic tales of survival, ability to counter aging through laughter, and his impact on the community over decades. 
    Directed by Michelle Smith
    Michelle Smith (in person)

  • Fire in Cardboard City
    New Zealand, Short Animation, 2017, 9 min
    Winner at Tribeca and LA Shorts film festivals
    Best short film I've seen this year. - IMDb reviewer
    When a city made entirely from cardboard catches fire, it is up to the local fire chief and his brave deputies to save Cardboard City and its citizens from impending doom. (“Cardboard City” has recently landed its own TV show). 
    Directed by Phil Brough

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