Named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, 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. BIFF has developed a reputation as one of the most influential young film festivals in the U.S., with an extraordinary number of new-but-unknown feature films, documentaries, and shorts that have gone on from early screenings at BIFF to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations.
For six years in a row, the Grammy for Record of the Year went to Wrecking Crew recordings. The most famous studio band in the history of music backed up everyone from Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra to The Monkees, The Byrds and The Beach Boys, making their “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force in the world of music. This film, made by Denny Tedesco for his father, the legendary Tommy Tedesco, has more than 100 of their songs, along with the back stories, all presented by the people who made them for you: Be My Baby, California Girls, Strangers in the Night, Mrs. Robinson, You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’, Monday Monday, Up, Up and Away, Viva Las Vegas, Mr. Tambourine Man and many others. This long-awaited film, 18 years in development, is an upbeat tribute to the secret star-making machine known only as The Wrecking Crew.
This tense, heart-stopping documentary tells the story of five ordinary suburban Americans who, one night in 1971 (March 8, 44 years ago today), dropped their kids off at babysitters, 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. A humiliated J. Edgar Hoover assigned hundreds of FBI agents to find this traitorous group, and one scary night dozens of FBI agents scoured the very suburban neighborhood in which these perpetrators lived. 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.
“It will remind you how much we owe to a few irreverent misfits at Harvard.” — Hollywood Reporter
They became icons of modern comedy … the legions of writers and performers who spun out of the National Lampoon empire to “Saturday Night Live,” “The Simpsons,” major movie careers and TV dynasties. It all sprouted from a college humor magazine and warped staffers, Douglas Kenney and Henry Beard, who made it explode into America’s culture with its middle finger jammed up the establishment. How do you sell advertising to corporate suits for a vulgar magazine that prints art like the “Baby Blender?” Then came Animal House. It’s all here, from Kenney’s depression over the awful movie they had just finished called Caddyshack, to the huge buyout that made them rich. Director Douglas Tirola unearths never-before-seen archival footage and brilliantly weaves it together with the magazine’s beautiful and often shocking art, reliving 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.
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One of the greatest world-class athletes of all time, Jeff Lowe has made climbing what it is today. He contributed to the development of the modern ice screw and cam, invented the grading system used worldwide for mixed climbs, authored now classic books on climbing technique, brought the first Sport Climbing Championships to America and opened the ice park in Ouray, Colorado. In this film, Jeff tells the extraordinary story of his historic nine-day mid-winter solo ascent of the north face of the Eiger in 1991—a route he named “Metanoia”— which has never been climbed since. Jeff’s “unimaginable” new route up the Eiger prepared him for the greatest adventure he’s ever been on, the climb of his life as he slowly loses all of his physical abilities and faces his own mortality.
“Talya Lavie’s brilliant debut … is ‘M*A*S*H’ meets ‘Orange is the New Black’.” — Variety
In Israel, military service is mandatory. Rama dreams of a significant military career, but she is in charge of a platoon of unskilled, sullen female soldiers who spend their days racking up records on “Minesweeper,” singing pop songs and jousting with office supplies. Rama’s ambitions for promotion are bleak. Pencil pushers in the human resources office inside a big army base, these soldiers see no enemy in sight, but sometimes dark, absurd and often hilarious events twist their way into this woebegone office space … and tensions escalate wildly. Subtitled.
Overcoming childhood polio to live a life of unbelievable physicality, Carl Boenish, along with his wife Jean, invented BASE jumping in the late ‘70s, a hair-raising sport that was illegal almost everywhere—but caught on like wildfire among athletic adrenaline junkies. Donning 16mm camera helmets, Carl and Jean became publicity magnets, defying death over and over again in illegal leaps off towers, skyscrapers and even El Capitan. They created a whole society of people who, at that point, didn’t yet exist, but who now jump in a recently invented, chute-less free-fall form in special suits like flying squirrels. “Always follow nature’s laws,” Carl once said, grinning,” but not necessarily man
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