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The Boulder International Film Festival Feb 16th - 19th
Submitted By: Frances Fierst on Feb 15, 2006

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Scheduled on Feb 16, 2006

BIFF 2006 is a non-profit, world-class film festival with an eclectic infusion of innovative storytellers, actors and audiences from all over the world. During four days of screenings, workshops, panels and parties, BIFF 2006 will present some of the best new films in international cinema, with the intention to inspire the dreamers in America's young filmmaker community to make their own courageous leap from vision to reality.

BIFF has screenings of many climbing/outdoor films. Here is a partial list that might be appealing to the outdoor crowd:

Pro 5 - 5:00 pm, friday 2.17.05 - boulder theater
USA/Colorado, feature documentary, 2005, 45 min. Hosted by Timmy ONeill, this funny documentary showcases the accomplishments of crack-climbing addicts in legendary Indian Creek, Utah. Fingers, hands, elbows, feet, and knees are all used in this challenging and pure form of climbing. Includes Didier Berthods first ascent of From Switzerland, With Love (probably the most difficult crack in the desert at 5.13+R). Boulder Adventure Film Festival Award Winner. Directed by Peter Mortimer

Sur le fils des 4000m
France, feature documentary, 2004, 50 min. Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2005 Banff Mountain Film Festival, this film follows Patrick BÈrhault and Phillippe Magnin as they attempt to climb all 82 of the Alps 4,000- meter peaks in winter conditions. Well known for their solid experience and purist approach to mountaineering, they brave changing weather and strong emotions. On April 28, 2004, they are making their way along Nadelgrat, an interminable ridge leading up to their 67th summit, when destiny steps in. Directed by Gilles Chappaz, Colorado Premiere

Pro 12 - 10:00 am, saturday 2.18.05 - boulder theater
Race Across America
USA, feature documentary, 2005, 103 min. The Race Across America is a grueling nine-day, 3,000-mile, non-stop transcontinental bicycle race from San Diego to Atlantic City. Cyclists and their support crews explore America while rolling 22 hours a day along back roads and interstate highways hoping to survive an incomparable endurance challenge and reach the finish. Amid the sleepless grind, riders must get through the searing heat of the Southwestern deserts, the agonizing climb through the Rockies, the endless driving winds of the Great Plains, and twisting switchbacks through the Appalachians before their final sprint through Pennsylvania to Atlantic City. Along the way, Stephen Auerbach has produced an instant Road Film classic. Directed by Stephen Auerbach; Colorado Premiere. Stephen Auerbach in person

Pro 15 - 4:30 pm, saturday 2.18.05 - boulder theater
Between Heaven and Earth
Russia/USA, feature documentary, 2006, 70 min. In the summer of 2005, Emmy-Award-winning Angus Yates and four North Face whitewater kayakers journey to Russias remote Sayan Mountains to be the first to descend the Onot River by kayak and document a place few outsiders have ever seen. If successful, the expedition will raise money and awareness for the drastically under-funded Russian Central Childrens Hospital in Moscow. Directed by Angus Yates, Executive Producers: Mark DeAngelis and Rob Faris. Sneak Preview

Light of the Himalaya
Nepal/US, feature documentary, 2006, 70 min. The most formidable mountain range on earth, the Himalaya spans five Asian nations and is home to the worlds highest peaks. For those who live under these lofty giants, the high peaks of the Himalaya are a sacred place. Because of a brutal civil war and scarce medical care, the Nepalese have one of the highest rates of cataract blindness on the planet. Having witnessed these poor living conditions, a handful of North Face athletes join two of the worlds top eye surgeons and return to Nepal in hopes of making a difference. Award-winning film- maker Michael Brown (who filmed blind climber Erik Weihenmayer in last years BIFF hit Farther Than the Eye Can See) follows the doctors work on the Himalayan Cataract Project and shows one of the eye sur- geons as he joins the North Face Athlete Teams expedition to summit the 21,000-foot peak Cholatse. Directed by Michael Brown. Executive Producers Mark DeAngelis and Rob Faris. Sneak Preview.
Michael Brown and members of the Himalayan Cataract Project in person.

Pro 25 - 2:00 pm sunday, 2.19.05 - boulder public library
Grand Canyon Dreams
Canada, short documentary, 2005, 15 min. A few years ago Will Gadd flew over the Grand Canyon at 30,000 feet in a jet and thought, Hey, I wonder if you could fly a paraglider over that monster? Directed by Will Gadd. USA Premiere

Being Caribou
Canada, feature documentary, 2005, 72 min. Wildlife biologist Karsten Heuer and filmmaker Leanne Allison had a great honeymoon, backpacking on foot and skis for five months alongside 120,000 migrating caribou, through the oil- endangered Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a thousand miles of rivers, mountains, wolves, grizzly bears, mosquitoes, and blizzards. To keep up, they had to move, act, and even think like caribou, carrying all their gear and food on foot, with no plans other than staying with the wild herd. Along the way, they filmed this award- winning adventure classic and discovered the ancient roots of human migratory instinct that are alive in all of us. Boulder Adventure Film Festival award winner
Directed by Leanne Allison, Diana Wilson, and Tracey Friesen.

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