Boulder’s Other Film Festival, BOFF, kicks off its first year Friday, March 6, with a rich line-up of indie films that are Colorado-made—mostly.
Running through Sunday at the Dairy Center’s Boedecker Theater, several BOFF screenings include Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.
Made in Colorado
The one exception to the Colorado-made claim is “Bluebird,” a new release that Dairy Cinema Manager Glenn Webb, calls “a really quite stunning film, and the first feature by filmmaker Lance Edmands.”
“We showed “Bluebird” as part of the Dairy’s New York Film Critic series and wanted to bring it back. It stars John Slatery (Mad Men) and Amy Morton (Chicago P.D.), and it’s a good wintertime depressing movie,” Webb says.
But isn’t this weekend all about BIFF, Boulder’s International Film Festival?
The Dairy’s Boedecker Theater, now in its fourth year, does not want to compete with BIFF—named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals”—but did yearn to venture into the festival scene.
“We thought it would be more interesting to extend ourselves in the direction of a festival and augment what BIFF is already doing,” Webb says. “We talked to them before we planned this to make sure they knew that BOFF is in respect of what they’re doing as a festival.”
So in the spirit of film festival-ness, which thrives on lots of films of all kinds and scope, this weekend Boulder cinema goers have five more great films to choose from and several filmmakers on-hand for Q&A.
Speaking of local, “Old Man” is a tribute to one of the last record stores in town, Albums on the Hill, and is made by filmmaker and son of the store owner, Dan Schneidkraut. Filmmaker Schneidkraut, a former Boulder resident and now well recognized filmmaker, will be at both screenings.
“The Frame,” a sci-fi(ish) film shot in Denver, is already raking in favorable reviews. Made by Jamin Winans, maker of cult-hit “INK,” The Frame apparently does not disappoint. The director of photography will be here for both screenings and the visual art director is here for Sat. screening. Both are from Colorado.
“Colorado Made Fantastic Shorts” is a collection of films, featuring Adrian Bishop’s graphics animation science fiction short film. Bishop brought together a group of fantasy, science fiction, thriller short movies made by Colorado filmmakers he knows. Several filmmakers will be present ate each screening Sat.and Sun.
“Bluebird” is a ‘beautifully shot and acted’ film set in a Maine logging town. When a local school bus driver fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus, this one woman’s tragic mistake results in profound and unexpected consequences. With several name actors, you are likely to hear more about this film.
“Scramble Vision,” made by local filmmaker, Eric Peter Abramson (“The Cove”), is a ‘wild, active, and fun’ documentary about an artist that goes to concerts and does a live, inspired painting of the concert. Often he paints on stage for bands such as String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon. With a run time of 36 minutes, audiences also will see several music videos.
Many regular Boedecker attendees will remember an earlier cut of “Scramble Vision,” since the theater served as testing ground for various versions of the film. “This will be a chance for our regular audiences to see a final finished cut,” Webb says.
The Boedecker Theater is intimate, seating 60, which is perfect for the group discussion afterward. It does sell out, so reserve your seats online.
Remember to save room for popcorn, beer and wine, which are available onsite. Gnoshing and sipping reinforces the community feel.
- $6 members
- $8 students, seniors
- $11 adults
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