Event Information

Cinema Program free screening of "Alive Inside"

When: October 20, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Spotlight on the Boulder Int’l Film Festival
Alive Inside
Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett (2013). Winner of an audience award at Sundance 2014 and the winner of the Catalyst Award at the Boulder International Film Festival 2014. The Henry we first see in this remarkable film is an old man who's been in a nursing home for 10 years and who now sits hunched over in his chair, incapable of answering questions beyond a yes or no. But when Henry and other patients suffering from degenerative diseases are handed an iPod full of music from their youth, a different person emerges.Immediately, Henry's face lights up. His eyes open wide and he talks! "It gives me the feeling of love, of romance. I figure right now the world needs to come into music, singing. You’ve got beautiful music here," Henry says, before breaking into a version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by his favorite singer, Cab Calloway. Alive Inside will inspire millions of people and caregivers burdened by diseases that affect memory, and help to create a grassroots demand for this kind of low-cost treatment. (75 min.)

Cinema Program free screening of "Seeking Asian Female"

When: October 27, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Spotlight on the Boulder Int’l Film Festival
Seeking Asian Female
Directed by Debbie Lum (2012). "If you betray me three times, I will cut out your eyes!" mail-order fiancé Jian-hua tells her big, clueless American husband-to-be in Mandarin. Steven smiles broadly and says to the camera, "I don't know what she said but it sounded pretty." Despite their formidable language barrier, Steven (60) beams like a kid with a new lollipop, but gradually his naive fantasies about Asian women—quiet, servile and respectful of men—are shattered by 30-year-old office-manager Jian-hua's truly awesome temper. In this hilarious movie, filmmaker Debbie Lum is awkwardly sucked into translating for the couple during their loud domestic quarrels, often over embarrassing personal issues. Will this unconventional love affair and (gulp) marriage last for the ages? In English and Chinese with subtitles. (82 min.)

Cinema Program free screening of "Holiday Inn"

When: November 2, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Doris’s Sunday Matinee
Directed by Mark Sandrich, featuring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Viginia Dale (1942). In this new slant on a backstage story, a crooner and a hoofer decide to retire. One wants to relax on his Connecticut farm, and then decides to convert it into a road house and hostel he opens only on the 15 national holidays. The hotel chain took their name from the movie. Songs by Irving Berlin. (100 min.)

Cinema Program free screening of "Ida"

When: November 17, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Spotlight on the Boulder Int’l Film Festival
Ida
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland—2013). An orphan raised in a convent is preparing to take her vows when she’s sent to visit her aunt and only living relative. A cynical, hard-drinking Communist Party judge, the aunt reveals that the orphan’s real name is Ida and that her parents were Jews murdered during the Nazi occupation. The two embark on an unusual journey through the wintry countryside to unearth their family’s dark history. The film’s beautiful black-and-white imagery is so artfully composed that every frame belongs in an exhibition. The setting—a somber 1960s Poland—suggests an austere combination of Catholicism, Communism and the Holocaust. But the film is vibrant and intimate and shares a subtle portrait of two fascinating, contrasting women: the sheltered Ida, who is exploring her faith, and the aunt who—having seen the worst of humanity—has no faith left. In Polish with subtitles. (80 min.)