Inaugural BIFF Fort Collins Film Festival Kicks Off March 8

Festival Event to Feature Films, Live Local Music, Post-film Call2Actions with Local Nonprofits

 

Northern Coloradans will have a stimulating new way to spend a cozy winter weekend when the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) brings a showcase to Fort Collins on March 8-9. According to its co-founder (with her sister) and director Kathy Beeck, the acclaimed BIFF’s expansion to Fort Collins highlights the organization’s desire to broaden the reach of its award-winning line-up.

“We’re very excited to announce our partnership with the Fort Collins community and the Lincoln Center,” said Beeck. “The 1,180-seat performance hall at the Lincoln Center is one of the most beautiful, state-of-the-art venues in Colorado and provides the perfect setting for the festival. We’re excited to share some of the critically acclaimed films from BIFF 2019 with the Fort Collins community.”

 

The festival will include four feature films, two programs of short films, local singer-songwriters before each film and post-screening TalkBacks with filmmakers and local community organizations after three “Call2Action” films. Tickets are on sale now. The first 100 ticket purchasers are invited to attend the BIFF Fort Collins Opening Night reception, with wine from Canteen Wine Co., beer from Odell Brewing Co., yummy appetizers and music by Guerilla Fanfare Brass Band and some acoustic music from Bonnie & Taylor Sims.  

 

The TalkBack films are a BIFF tradition sure to be appreciated by Northern Colorado audiences. They offer an invitation to filmgoers who have been moved by a film to have an opportunity to discuss how to get moving on the subject of interest. Each TalkBack film is paired with one or more community partners who will lead a post-film discussion that includes 5 Actions. Audience members learn what actions they can take to make a difference.

 

The opening night documentary feature, “The Weight of Water,” follows blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer as he makes a solo-kayak run of the Grand Canyon (this after summiting Everest, of course). Director Michael Brown will participate in a Q&A after the screening; FoCo-based No Barriers (which was co-founded by Erik Weihenmayer) will lead the TalkBack.

 

Settle in for a fabulous Saturday with short films starting at 10 a.m. and moving into “The Biggest Little Farm” (including a TalkBack with reps from Larimer County Farmers Alliance and Poudre Valley Community Farms), a second program of shorts, “Giant Little Ones” (starring Peter Outerbridge, Maria Bello and Kyle McLaughlin; local partner for TalkBack) and, finally, winner at the New Orleans Film Festival “A Tuba to Cuba.” For film synopses and more info, go to www.biff1.com/foco.

 

The Singer-Songwriter Showcase, playing before each film program, will feature Guerilla Fanfare Brass Band and Bonnie & Taylor Sims on opening night, as well as, Hanna Doreen Brown, Johnny Johnston, Mike Finders, Liz Barnez and Dave Beegle on Saturday throughout the day.                                                                                                  

ON SALE NOW. Tickets for each film are $12 ($10/seniors and students with ID) plus service charge. Purchase tickets online at www.biff1.com/foco or www.lctix.com or in person at Lincoln Center or by phone (970)221-6730. Discounted room available at event sponsor, The Elizabeth Hotel.

 

About the Boulder International Film Festival                                                                                                        

 

The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema. BIFF attracts more than 25,000 film enthusiasts, media and industry members annually and takes place from Feb. 28-March 3. BIFF also shows films in Longmont during the festival, and 2019 will be the inaugural year for the BIFF Fort Collins Film Festival. For tickets and more information go to biff1.com. Follow BIFF on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

BIFF Fort Collins Film Festival is generously supported by: KUNC, 105.5 The Colorado Sound, LOCALiQ, CEAVCO Audio-Visual, The Elizabeth Hotel, ACT Human Rights Film Festival, CO Office of Film-Television-Media, First National Bank, Sprouts Natural Market, Odell Brewing Company, Canteen Wine Company and Bohemian Foundation     

 

 

 

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