|Darth Vader, meet David Drees!|
The 9th Annual Boulder International Film Fest kicked off its opening night with the likes of Darth Vader and Glinda the Good Witch. It’s traditional that the festival begins with a gala, in the past held at the Boulder Theater. This year’s gala was held at not one but two new locations. Filmgoers, sponsors and filmmakers were treated to music and entertainment in the form of Hollywood nostalgia. Actors from the Boulder area brought film alive. Mingling with guests were volunteers costumed as film characters such as Alice’s Mad Hatter and Groucho Marx.
|“Muscle Shoals” director Freddy Camalier talks to BIFF’s Ron Bostwick after the opening night screening of his film on Opening Night. [Photo courtesy Psykome Photography LLC]|
The film festival will showcase 47 films between Thursday and Sunday. According to Ms. Beeck, this year’s festival is on track to meet, if not accede, last year’s attendance of 19,000 attendees. BIFF will run through Sunday, February 17th. Tickets are still available. Check out the BIFF website, www.biff1.com, for more information.