Boulder International Film Festival brings world-class filmmakers to Colorado – CBS Denver

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BOULDER, Colorado (CBS4) – The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of cinema. It was started 18 years ago by sisters Robin and Kathy Beeck.

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“Well, Kathy and I started out as ‘Popcorn Girls’ here in Boulder. We each worked at a different theater in town, so we could go see as many movies as we wanted for free,” explained Robin Beck.

This sparked their love of cinema, which led them to make their own short films, including a documentary about the frozen dead in the Netherlands.

“And so we had a lot of play on that and we thought, ‘Why isn’t there a big festival here in Boulder? “said Robin.

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From there, BIFF was born. This year the festival kicks off with a red carpet gala and the film “The Duke” starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent.
“It’s an uplifting and fun film about an art theft in 1961. We think it’s the perfect atmosphere for opening night. We have two nights and we get a second line band from those two nights to parade to the Boulder Theater, so it really makes for a wonderful night,” Robin explained.

The key to BIFF’s success is that it brings moviegoers together around the subjects they are passionate about. This season, they’re showing a movie called “Stay Praying Up,” which is about a gospel singing group in North Carolina that’s been around for 50 or 60 years. There are seven people from the group who come to the festival.

“It’s a fabulous movie, but they’re also going to be here and there’s going to be performances, and it’s going to be amazing,” Kathy Beeck said.

The festival has an Adventure Film Pavilion, which features 21 films and 15 filmmakers and film subjects. Topics range from skiing and snowboarding to slacklining and hiking.

“So it’s going to be a lot of fun. We have a great documentary on something called the “automatic map” which people may be familiar with, but it was in the east many, many years ago. It’s a great little historical documentary, fun, with Mel Brooks in it, and just all kinds of fabulous people. So it’s a nice, nostalgic ride, so we like that one too,” Kathy Beeck told CBS4.

The BIFF requires vaccinations. They will check the vaccination cards and give you wristbands that will allow you access to the whole festival.

Alec Baldwin will be the Festival’s very first guest programmer.

“We had it here many years ago at the festival and everyone loved it. It was one of our most memorable interviews, and so people here are super excited to see it again,” Kathy Beeck said.

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As a guest programmer, he chooses three of his favorite movies and then explains why he loves them after they air. Alec Baldwin chose “Dr. Strangelove” from 1964; “Julie,” about Julie Child; and “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.”

“Those are three amazing movies and we can’t wait to hear from Alec why he chose those particular movies,” Robin Beeck said.

There will also be a conversation with Alec Baldwin on March 5andin which Ron Bostwick will interview him about his career and film preferences.

LINK: For tickets and information on the Boulder International Film Festival

BIFF runs from March 3rd – 6and. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 11and.

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