February 11, 2010

Boulder International Film Fest [BIFF]: video trailer highlights.

The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine in the Summer 2009 issue, kicks off on February 11 and lasts through President’s Day weekend.  Believe me, everyone who is anyone will be there and anyone who is every—you get it.  This year’s festival icon is Alec Baldwin, who will be honored on the 14th with an Award of Excellence in Acting (see more in the press release below).

In 2009 BIFF chalked up 14,000 attendees, including filmmakers, national media, special guests and film enthusiasts.  The draw?  Intentional, artistic and inspirational independent films screened in various locales within walking distance of each other in historic downtown Boulder.  The festival has something for everyone; it comprises films of every genre, including animated, documentary, foreign language and short.  In fact, BIFF will feature five of the films up for Academy Awards on March 7th: The Secret of Kells, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Ajami, Instead of Abracadabra and Miracle Fish.  The BIFF experience caters to your film-watching preference; pick and choose a couple films to see or get the VIP pass and attend BIFF-sponsored parties all weekend long.  If you love glitz and good times, check out the Opening Night Gala at the Boulder Theater.  The Gala features a pre-release screening of The Lightkeepers starring Blythe Danner, who is scheduled to make an appearance.  However you choose to do it, BIFF will not disappoint!

Oscar-Nominated Actor Alec Baldwin to be Honored at Boulder International Film Festival on Feb. 14

Famed Actor, Comedian and Philanthropist to Receive Award of Excellence in Acting

BOULDER, Colo. (Jan. 11, 2010)—As Blake in Glengarry Glen Ross, he said: “I’d wish you good luck, but you wouldn’t know what to do with it if you got it.” It’s more than luck that brings that famous actor to the Rocky Mountain state. The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Alec Baldwin, Emmy award-winning television, stage and film actor will be honored with an Award of Excellence in Acting at Closing Night of the 2010 festival on Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado.

“We are thrilled to have Baldwin attending the Boulder International Film Festival,” said Kathy Beeck, festival co-founder and director.  “He’s a magnificent actor who has influenced many young actors and comedians, and we’re honored he will join us at this year’s festival.”

The evening’s tribute to Baldwin will include a film retrospective of his work followed by a question and answer session hosted by BIFF Executive Producer Ron Bostwick. Tony Bennett’s pianist, Ralph Sharon, will provide the entertainment for the evening before Baldwin’s tribute.

Three weeks following BIFF, Baldwin will co-host the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony with his It’s Complicated co-star Steve Martin. Baldwin stars with Tina Fey on NBC’s “30 Rock”, winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for the past three years. He’s received three SAG Awards, two Golden Globes, the Television Critics Award, and two Emmies for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. He appears in the film It’s Complicated opposite Meryl Streep, which is still running in theatres.

Baldwin was nominated for a Tony award for his role in A Streetcar Named Desire. He’s appeared in over forty films, including Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October, The Aviator and The Departed. His performance in The Cooler earned him a National Board of Review Award and an Oscar nomination.

Baldwin is a supporter of numerous causes related to public policy and the arts. He serves on the boards of People For The American Way, The Hamptons International Film Festival, and the Actors Studio. He supports The

Radiation and Public Health Project, The Roundabout Theatre and The Water Keeper Alliance.

The four-day festival, sponsored at the gold level by Premier Members Federal Credit Union, will feature an Opening Night event to be announced later in January and the “Tribute to Alec Baldwin” on Valentine’s Day at 7 p.m., at the Boulder Theater, at 2032 14th St.  Tickets for the Feb. 14 tribute are $40 and go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 13.

All-access VIP passes can be purchased now through Jan. 15 for $295 and starting Jan. 16 for $345. Tickets can be purchased at www.bouldertheater.com or by calling (303) 786-7030. Other single-tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 22.

For more information about the festival, please visit www.biff1.com.


Soundtrack for a Revolution

Features music by The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Roots, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean and many others. The film sets civil rights footage to tunes by these artists for a powerful message.

The Secret of Kells

The Book of Kells, a manuscript copy of the four gospels, was created by Irish monks…it is considered one of Ireland’s greatest treasures and it’s art work is phenomenal…the film tells the story of its creation at a time when Viking invaders plundered the monasteries stealing their treasures.

Breath Made Visible

BREATH MADE VISIBLE is the first feature length film about the life and career of Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer who has helped redefine our notion of modern art with her belief in dance.

I’ve always said that dance is the breath made visible.—Anna Halprin


Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis and directed by Martin Provost, this is one of those films that reminds you to see the beauty in everything that surrounds you.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

A documentary about military analyst Daniel Ellsberg who leaked top secret information about government involvement in Asia to the American public via the New York Times in 1971 and the ensuing protests.

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