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51 Films Announced for the Highly Anticipated 11th Annual Boulder International Film Festival, March 5-8, 2015

Program Includes 8 films directly from Sundance Film Festival,
advance screening of Dreamworks SKG Animation film, and Colorado Filmmakers

BOULDER, Colo. – The 11th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) announced its full program, which includes 51 films from around the world and eight films direct from the Sundance Film Festival. The festival takes place in scenic Boulder, CO, March 5-8, 2015, and brings films, filmmakers and fans from around the world together for a four-day celebration of the fine art of filmmaking.

“We are so excited about this year’s program,” said Robin Beeck, Festival Executive Director. “This is a stellar lineup with award-winning films from the world’s greatest directors and from fresh, new filmmakers just hitting the scene. We’re thrilled to be able to bring to Boulder a feast of the best films and filmmakers today.”

Opening Night
The festival kicks off on Thursday, March 5th at 5:30 p.m. with an Opening Night Red Carpet Gala and screening of the long awaiting film The Wrecking Crew, the feature documentary about the most famous studio band in the history of music.

·     Tickets may be purchased for $65 at http://www.biff1.com/2015/02/opening-night/

·       Pre-Film parties at Boulderado Hotel and Rembrandt Yard, 5:30pm-7:30pm

·       Small plates by Big Red F Restaurants

·       Wine by Francis Ford Coppola Winery

·       Beer by Boulder Beer and Avery Brewing

·       Costumed characters created by Reinke Brothers, Monster Make-up FX, and MakeUpMania

·       Film screening at Boulder Theater, doors open 7:30pm, film to start 8:00pm

Full Festival Program
The full festival program is online and all festival tickets are on sale now at  http://www.biff1.com/program/     and are available in person or by calling the Boulder Theater at (303) 786-7030.

·       Individual tickets are $12 per film and discounted tickets are available for seniors 65 and older.

·       Festival passes are on sale now for $375, going up to $450 on Feb. 14th

·       All access Red Carpet passes are available to those who contribute $2,500 or more.

Click to tweet: Join us for our best @BoulderFilmFest yet. Tickets on sale now and going fast at http://www.biff1.com #2015BIFF

CineCHEF
Foodies rejoice! New to this year’s festival is the flagship CineChef event. Boulder’s premiere chefs choose a movie theme and showcase cuisine from that theme. Special beer and wine pairings are included. Participating chefs include: Bradford Heap of Salt and Colterra, Kyle Mendenhall from the Kitchen, Kelly Kingsford from Brasserie Ten Ten and The Med, Dave Query from Centro Latin Kitchen, and John Platt from RIFF’s. Winner takes home a coveted BIFF award trophy on Closing Night.

·       When: March 6, 2015; 5-7pm

·       Where: Rembrandt Yard

·       Tickets: $95 each at www.biff1.com

Alan Arkin
“A Tribute to Alan Arkin” will feature a presentation of the “Career Achievement Award” to Mr. Arkin and a retrospective of his career, followed by a sure-to-be unforgettable interview with Mr. Arkin conducted by BIFF special event producer Ron Bostwick.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 7th at 7:30pm with Mr. Arkin walking the red carpet into the Boulder Theater.  Tickets are on sale for $25 and may be purchased at www.biff1.com

Closing Night

Directly from last month’s Sundance film festival, “Racing Extinction” is a thrilling feature documentary that follows activists with covert cameras stalking shark-fin hunters, illegal wild animal traders, factory feedlots, and black market endangered species restaurants. Join director and Boulder resident Louie Psihoyos and producer Olivia Ahnemann for an action packed evening with a Q&A following the screening.

·       Tickets may be purchased for $30 at http://www.biff1.com/2015/02/closing-night

·       Mobile projection racecar around Boulder showing endangered animals

·       Doors open for Festival Pass Holders 6:00pm, open to public at 6:15pm

·       Awards Ceremony & Tribute to Bill Vielehr, Sculptor at 7:00pm

·       Film 7:30pm

·       Q&A to follow

Film highlights from the festival include:

DreamWorks Animation SKG presents HOME – Special Advance Screening
March 7, 2:45pm, Boulder Theater

Colorado Premiere

Experience an advance screening of the highly anticipated DreamWorks SKG Animation film before it’s released in theaters. When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and together they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Director Tim Johnson in person

The Farewell Party
March 6, 7:15pm, First Presbyterian Church

Colorado Premiere

The cast consists of the icons of Israeli comedy; they dig into their dramatic and literally flesh-baring roles with gusto.” Variety

In this comedy about euthanasia, inventor Yehezkel visits his old pal Max, who is terminally ill and begs Yehezkel to put him out of his misery. Soon word spreads, and Yehezkel is besieged by those wanting to end the suffering of their own loved ones in the retirement home. Subtitled.

Being Evel
March 8, 2:45pm, Boulder Theater
Colorado Premiere

Named One of Rolling Stone’s 25 Must-See Movies at Sundance 2015. Acclaimed Colorado filmmaker and Academy Award winner, Daniel Junge’s intense documentary on dare devil icon Evel Knievel. Stare death in the face from the seat of motorcycle with a man whose name is a homonym for “evil”.

Director Daniel Junge in person

DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon
March 6, 5:00pm, Boulder Theater.

Direct to BIFF from Sundance 2015. They became icons of modern comedy launching major movie careers and TV dynasties. It all sprouted from a college humor magazine and warped staffers, Douglas Kenney and Henry Beard, pointing the middle finger at the establishment. Relive National Lampoon's meteoric rise from go-to magazine of the counterculture to a brand synonymous with Hollywood's biggest comedies. Energetic, revolutionary, gently perverted, and often hilarious.  

1971
March 8, 2:30, First Presbyterian Church
Colorado Premiere

The heart-stopping documentary of five suburban Americans who, one night in 1971, dropped their kids off at the babysitter’s, broke into an FBI office and carted off thousands of paper files showing the FBI’s vast network of illegal surveillance of American citizens. Like low-tech Edward Snowdens, they shared fuzzy photocopies of these files with the press, which led to the first public Congressional investigation of a U.S. intelligence agency. Surprisingly, they were never caught. But here they are in this film—for the first time ever— talking about their amazing, historic and sometimes comical adventures with the FBI.

About Boulder International Film Festival

The Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema.  The Festival attracts more than 25,000 film enthusiasts, media and industry each year and will take place from March 5-8, 2015.  For tickets and more information http://www.biff1.com.

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Media Contact: Marc Gutman, WILDSTORY Media, 303.578.6498, mgutman@wildstory.com

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