Kathy Beeck, director of the Boulder International Film Festival, will not be shredding any imaginary strings Saturday evening. However, the much-anticipated air-guitar competition, which will be held at the after-party for the film Air Guitar Nation, is bound to attract wannabe musicians the world over. Well, at least from all corners of the Front Range.
Sure, BIFF was founded three years ago as a forum for local, international and most of all avant-garde filmmakers to exhibit their cinematic ingenuity, but like Dick Cheney and scandal, after-parties and film festivals just go together. And the Aireoke contest, during which participants will compete for a free air guitar ("Just joking," Beeck guffaws), is a perfect example of the conviviality along with screenings, panels, workshops and discussions that will span the entire weekend.
The four-day fete commences this evening with an Opening Night Gala followed by a screening of Breach, a thriller starring Laura Linney, Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe. The party begins at 6 p.m. (and will run till about 10:30) at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street. Tickets are $50 per person, free for VIP pass-holders.
The festival wraps up Sunday with In the Shadow of the Moon, which BIFF acquired earlier this month after its lauded appearance at Sundance.
Tickets, $8 to $10, may be purchased up to ninety minutes before each program at the Boulder Theater box office or by calling 303-786-7030. Tickets are also available at www.bouldertheater.com or www.biff1.com, where you can find a full schedule of films and events. For more information, call the Colorado Film Society at 303-449-2283.