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2014 Feature Length Films


A BIRDERS GUIDE TO EVERYTHING

Rob Meyer
Kristen Fuller, producer
(USA, 2013, 86 mins)

This film has been generously sponsored by Denali Water Solutions.

Sideways meets Stand by Me in this endearing story of friendship, family and a place in bird-watching’s history books. On the eve of his widower father’s second wedding, fifteen-year-old David Portnoy spots what may just be the extinct Labrador duck. Now he and the two other stalwart members of the local Young Birders Society, joined by their headstrong photographer classmate Ellen, take off on a rollicking, interstate road trip in search of a rare bird and elusive answers to teenage questions large and small. Starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 12 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - 7 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1


ABOUT ALEX

Jesse Zwick (in person)
(USA, 2014, 96 mins)

When a group of old college friends reunite over a long weekend after one of them attempts suicide, old crushes and resentments shine light on their life decisions, and ultimately push friendships and relationships to the brink. Written and directed by part-time CB resident Jesse Zwick. Starring Aubrey Plaza and Jason Ritter.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 6 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 7 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS


BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

Abdellatif Kechiche
(France, 2013, 179 mins)

This film has been generously sponsored by Kathryn Kissam.

In this controversial sensation, which won the 2013 Palme d’Or at Cannes, Adele's life is forever changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who allows her to discover desire, love and sex through and as a woman. Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss, in this incendiary tale of first and unrequited love. Starring the ever-watchable Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 4:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - 4:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2


COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET

Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn
(USA, 2014, 91 mins)

This is the film that environmental organizations don't want you to see. COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking environmental documentary that follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world's leading environmental groups are too afraid to talk about it.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 10:30 AM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - 1:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2


DEAR GOVERNOR HICKENLOOPER and BACKYARD (Fracking Program)

Stash Wislocki and Deia Schlosberg (in person)
(USA, 2014, 90 mins)

CBFF is proud to present a compilation of films about fracking, made almost exclusively by Colorado filmmakers. In Backyard, Deia Schlosberg explores five people's stories, all with very different backgrounds and perspectives, but all at odds with the natural gas extraction occurring around them. In Dear Governor Hickenlooper, Stash Wislocki has collected stories from Colorado filmmakers, farmers, skiers, activists and concerned citizens, and uses both science and emotional appeal to explain why fracking is problematic in Colorado. This confident and brash film incorporates work from CBFF filmmakers, including Suzan Beraza (Bag It and Uranium Drive-In), Alexandria Bombach (Common Ground) and Pete McBride (Chasing Water and I Am Red). Discussion panel to follow.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 2:30 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 1 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1


FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
(Italy/USA, 2013, 83 mins)

This film has been generously sponsored by Carolyn Niesman, and Peggy Mintz Brody.

Finding Vivian Maier is the critically-acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 5 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - 1 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS


FREEDOM SUMMER

Stanley Nelson
(USA, 2014, 113 mins)

This film has been generously sponsored by Mel Brody, Greenwood, MS.

Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states. Mississippi. Not all of them came back.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 12 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - 4 PM - MOUNTAINEER MEDIA THEATER


GMO OMG

Jeremy Seifert
(USA, 2013, 90 mins)

This film has been generously sponsored by Jackson’s Honest Chips, and Mountain Roots Food Project.

GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? This film will make you question exactly what you’re putting on your plate.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 7 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - 7 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS


GOD HELP THE GIRL

Stuart Murdoch
(USA, 2014, 111 mins)

This film has been generously sponsored by Kathy Cox.

In one of the most darling, musically ambitious films ever, Eve is a catastrophe—low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a group. First-time writer/director Stuart Murdoch creates a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as an indie-pop musical. The project began as a suite of songs, written while Murdoch was in between records and tours as lead singer of Belle and Sebastian. He nurtured it for nearly a decade into a fully formed film, set in the bohemian fantasia of Glasgow's West End, which is populated by mods, rockers, and emo kids who sing and dance. With its mix of memorable songs and strong lead performances, God Help the Girl is sure to stick with you. Starring Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 5 PM - MOUNTAINEER MEDIA THEATER
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 1:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2


HANNA RANCH

Mitch Dickman
(USA, 2013, 73 mins)

This film has been generously sponsored by First Ascent Coffee Roasters & Mountain Oven Organic Bakery and High Country Conservation Advocates.

A documentary about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. Hanna spent his short, combative life trying to mend fences between family members and within himself, as well as between local cattlemen and environmentalists. Born into a life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse.

*Please note that this film plays twice, once with ACROSS THE FENCE and once with COMMON GROUND.

Plays with: ACROSS THE FENCE

Jack Lucido (in person)
(USA, 2013, 27 mins)

Join local, WSCU filmmaker and professor Jack Lucido as he presents his local ranching film,  Across the Fence. Set in our high mountain, Gunnison Valley of Colorado, the women and men from four families tell their stories of sustainability in ranching.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 8 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2

*Please note that this film only screens once.

Plays with: COMMON GROUND

Alexandria Bombach (in person)
(USA, 2014, 18 mins)

Several ranching and farming communities living against the stunning landscape of the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana are faced with the decision of what is to become of their unprotected public land. As the community battles with the idea of proposing more wilderness areas, heritage and tradition are defended on both sides. When the people begin to raise their voices, they come to find that what is feared most is change.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 10 AM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS

*Please note that this film only screens once.


MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS

Tom Berninger
(USA, 2013, 75 min)

This film has been generously sponsored by KBUT Radio.

Hailed by Michael Moore as "one of the best documentaries about a band I've ever seen" and by Pitchfork as "the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap," Mistaken For Strangers is a truly hilarious and touching film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger. Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finds himself flush with success. His younger brother Tom is a loveable slacker - a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National's biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom's plan to film the entire adventure. What starts as a rock documentary quickly becomes a crowd-pleasing journey about family, ambition, and the creative process.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 2:30 PM - MOUNTAINEER MEDIA THEATER
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 1 PM - MOUNTAINEER MEDIA THEATER


ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

Jim Jarmusch
(Germany, 2013, 123 mins)

In this gorgeous, vampire romance set against the desolation of the once-vibrant cities of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician deeply depressed by the direction the world is going, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured at least several centuries, but their debauched, romantic idyll is soon disrupted by the woman’s wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise, but fragile, outsiders continue to survive (and find blood!) as the modern world collapses around them? Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 10 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 7 PM - MOUNTAINEER MEDIA THEATER


THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

Felix van Groeningen
(Belgium, 2012, 111 mins)

This film has been generously sponsored by Patricia Seeberg.

Bluegrass musicians Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a Belgium bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage — but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. Called “our favorite film of 2014” and “we felt like we were watching a masterpiece” by CBFF directors Jen and Michael Brody, it was also nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2014 Academy Awards.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 7:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - 10 AM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS


THE CASE AGAINST 8

Ben Cotner, Ryan White
(USA, 2014, 109 mins)

This film has been generously sponsored by Karen Hoskin.

Election Day 2008: Californians passed Proposition 8, a measure that repealed the right of same-sex couples to marry. This documentary takes us behind the scenes of the high-profile trial that overturned the controversial constitutional amendment. The case first made headlines with the shocking alliance of lead attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off on opposing sides in Bush v. Gore. The plaintiffs are two loving gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team, and loving couples, that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 5:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - 7:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2


THE ONE I LOVE

Charlie McDowell

(USA, 2014, 91 mins)

On the brink of separation, Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 7:30 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 9:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1


THE OVERNIGHTERS

Jesse Moss
(USA, 2014, 90 mins)

When hydraulic fracturing unlocks a vast oil field in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, tens of thousands of unemployed men descend on the state with dreams of six-figure salaries. They soon step into the sad reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep. At Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke is hell-bent on delivering the migrants some dignity as he converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center. But as the broken men arrive in droves, the congregants sling criticism, neighbors get suspicious, and the town threatens to shut Reinke down. When the local paper gets wind that sex offenders are among Reinke’s “overnighters,” even the pastor’s supernatural determination can’t stop things from spinning out of control. How much will he sacrifice for his crusade of compassion? How much will he reveal of himself? Everything, my son. Everything. If ever a film possessed the notion of an unreliable narrator, The Overnighters is it. A must-see.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 1 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - 4 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1


VIRUNGA

Orlando von Einsiedel
(USA, 2014, 90 mins)

This film has been generously sponsored by Donna Kindervatter and Berek Novak and Chad and Shelby Mauldin with Blind Faith Custom Window Fashions.

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich, newly-discovered natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war in May 2012, the new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they've worked so hard to protect.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 8:30 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 4 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS