A unique call to action

God Loves Uganda | Bishop Christopher Senyonjo visiting a rural school in Uganda. Photo by Crispin Buxton.

BIFF | FEB 13 - 16, 2014

BIFF pairs significant films with tangible ideas

At 10 years old, the Boulder International Film Festival proved this week that it’s still full of surprises. Organizers announced that longtime Hollywood sovereign Shirley MacLaine will join in the festivities at the Boulder Theater on Saturday night to accept BIFF’s “Career Achievement Award.”

Big names are certainly no stranger to BIFF, and as delightful as this news is we hope its main effect is to encourage ordinary Boulderites to make the most of the festival – a superbly eventful film celebration that offers something for everyone.

Particularly compelling is BIFF’s Call2Action series, an innovative idea that is unique among film festivals. The series, co-founded and sponsored by Longmont-based Philanthropiece, pairs films about social issues with people and organizations who know how to make a practical, positive impact.

“Oftentimes we walk out of a documentary or drama about an important issue feeling simultaneously inspired and completely overwhelmed,” explains Kevin Smith, BIFF’s executive producer. “Our Call2Action forum transforms emotion into action – giving people tangible ways to make a difference right after viewing the story on screen, when they are the most excited and energized.”

This year, BIFF expands the Call2Action series even further with a major screening at eTown Hall of “God Loves Uganda,” (Friday, 1 p.m.) a massively award-winning film that explores the recent swell of anti-homosexual laws in this east African country. Following the screening, some of the movie’s makers, a panel of experts (both live and via video feed), and a live audience consider the issue together.

“The goal is for people to walk away with five tangible, attainable ways to make a positive difference,” Mr. Smith explains.

In addition to “God Loves Uganda,” nine other Call2Action films are on BIFF’s schedule this year. The list is a considered and diverse one. Subjects include Alzheimer’s disease, immigration, chemicals in the environment, and fracking among others. There’s certainly a film or two that speaks to you. View the Call2Action schedule here.

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