Here are the highlights of the weekend from Robin Beeck, co-owner of the Boulder International Film Festival.
For trailers and a full schedule, visit biff1.org.
“The Loneliest Whale: In Search of 52”
Friday, 10:30 a.m., US, feature documentary, 2021, 90 minutes
This film is an inspiring cinematic quest to find the “52 hertz whale,” which scientists say has spent its entire life in solitude screaming at a frequency different from that of any other whale.
Directed by Joshua Zeman and executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Short program 1
Friday, 1:15 p.m., 85 minutes
BIFF’s short film programs are incredibly popular. Many of these films have won awards and propelled their directors to even more ambitious projects. The BIFF Short Film Program 1 features the films “My Father the Mover”, “The Present”, “The Letter Room”, “Old Dog” and “David”.
Century 16 Rock
Friday, 7:45 p.m., US, feature film, 2021, 90 minutes
The lyrics to this cheerfully contagious urban musical were written by 27 extremely talented high school students in Los Angeles. The film was born from the director’s “breathtaking” visit to a workshop where artists from all over the city fearlessly recited personal texts.
Directed by Carlos López Estrada.
Boulder High Football Field
Friday, 9 p.m., US, feature documentary, 2021, 99 minutes
Snowcat’s mechanic, Mike Alves, was outside when he heard twigs snapping. It was 1982 and it was the worst blizzard in Lake Tahoe history; it had already snowed 7 feet in five days with wind gusts of 120 miles per hour. In a split second, millions of pounds of snow fell, demolishing the buildings at the Alpine Meadows base and burying the parking lot. A team of 150 volunteers spent the next five days digging. They found eight bodies, but continued to search, as one person was still missing.
Filmmakers Jared Drake, Steven Siig and film subject Meredith Watson will appear in person.
“Tom Petty, somewhere you feel free”
Saturday, 8 p.m., US, feature documentary, 2021, 89 minutes
This film offers a unique take on Petty’s legacy and captures the period 1993-95, during which Petty created her most impactful and emotionally raw album, “Wildflowers”. This unvarnished take on the singer, songwriter and musician features never-before-seen footage from recently discovered archives of 16mm film.
Filmmakers Mary Wharton and Dan Braun will appear in person.
Boulder High School
‘Cubana Cuba’ soybean
Saturday, 3:15 p.m., US, feature documentary, 2021, 79 minutes
When the Vocal Vidas, an all-female Cuban quartet, are invited to perform their first show in the United States, a simple concert becomes a journey beyond physical and ideological boundaries, affirming the connecting power of music.
Filmmakers Jeremy Ungar and Robin Miller Ungar will appear in person.
‘Los Hermanos / The Brothers’
Saturday, 5:45 p.m., Cuba / US, feature documentary, 2020, 84 minutes
This exciting and highly anticipated film follows two Cuban-born brothers and award-winning musicians, Ilmar López Gavilán, a violinist who left Havana as a teenager to study in Moscow and then settle in New York, and Aldo, a pianist. , including training and career, developed in Havana.
Filmmakers Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider will appear in person
“For fools only”
Saturday, 8:15 p.m., US, feature documentary, 2020, 87 minutes
The world’s first improvisation troupe was organized in the 1950s and has grown to include Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Shelly Berman, Del Close, and others. When Nichols, May, and Berman set out for fame and fortune, the band rebranded themselves The Second City, and eventual director Del Close continued to teach his improv method to comedians like Robin Williams, Dan Ackroyd. , John Belushi, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Bill Murray and Amy Poehler.
Directed by Heather Ross.
Sunday, 10 a.m., UK, feature documentary, 2020, 104 minutes
In 1959, tenor saxophonist Ronnie Scott founded a jazz club in London which has enjoyed enormous success from the very beginning until today. The club has been the zero point of jazz in Europe for six decades and featured legends like Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Van Morrison and Nina Simone – and included superstars like Prince, Lady Gaga and Jimi Hendrix, who made her last performance. spectacular. at “Ronnie’s” before his death. The film features never-before-seen footage of some of the greatest jazz stars of all time.
Directed by Oliver Murray.
“Under the volcano”
Sunday, 3:45 p.m., Australia, feature documentary, 2021, 90 minutes
Built by Beatles producer Sir George Martin in 1979, AIR Studios Montserrat was a bespoke recording facility nestled in a Caribbean paradise, in the shadow of an active volcano. The studio has not only attracted the greatest musical talent on the planet, but has also been the birthplace of mega-hits such as “Money for Nothing” and “Every Breath You Take”. Under the Volcano is the definitive tale of George Martin’s studio at World’s End and features Sting, Jimmy Buffet, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Earth and Earth Wind & Fire.
Directed by Gracie Otto.
Boulder High School
“Youth against government”
Sunday, 12:15 p.m., US, feature documentary, 2020, 110 minutes
This film tells the story of American youth facing the most powerful government in the world. Since 2015, 21 plaintiffs, now aged 13 to 24, have been suing the US government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, personal safety and property through their deliberate actions in creating the climate crisis which they will inherit. It is the story of young people who find their voice and fight to protect their rights and our collective future.
Filmmakers Christi Cooper, Olivia Ahnemann, Lyman Smith and the plaintiff Nick Venner will appear in person.
” Language course “
Sunday, 3:15 p.m., US / Costa Rica, feature film, 2021, 91 minutes
When Adam’s husband (Mark Duplass) surprises him with weekly Spanish lessons, he’s not sure where or how this new element will fit into his already structured life. Adam develops an unexpected and complicated emotional bond with Cariño – but do you really know someone just because you’ve been through a traumatic time with them? Bittersweet, honest, and at times dark and funny, the film is a moving exploration of platonic love.
Directed by Natalie Morales Actors: Mark Duplass, Natalie Morales, Desean Terry.