Opening Night - Boulder International Film Festival
 

Opening Night

Friday, June 25, 2021

Opening Night Film:
Summer of Soul
(…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

There are two screenings of Summer of Soul

on Opening Night.

Film Only Screening

The film-only screening at 4pm does not include the Gala. Tickets for the film-only screening are $35.

Friday, June 25, 2021
Chautauqua Auditorium: Opening Night Film:
Summer of Soul
(…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
USA, Feature Documentary, 2021, 117 minutes
4:00 pm: Opening Night Screening, $35 Film Only

Film + Green Carpet Gala Screening

The film at 7:30 includes the Green Carpet Gala before the film at 5:30, featuring beer, wine and music. Tickets for the film + Gala screening are $95.

Friday, June 25, 2021
Chautauqua Auditorium: Opening Night Film:
Summer of Soul
(…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
USA, Feature Documentary, 2021, 117 minutes
7:30 pm: Opening Night Screening plus Gala, $95/Free for Passholders
5:30 – 7:00 pm: Opening Night Green Carpet Gala preceding the 7:30pm screening

A limited number of tickets may be released at a later date.

Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

USA, Feature Documentary, 2021, 117 minutes

SUMMER OF SOUL premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. It will stream on Hulu in conjunction with Disney General Entertainment’s the Onyx Collective; Searchlight Pictures will release it theatrically.

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture, and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just 100 miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park).  The footage was never seen and largely forgotten—until now. Summer of Soul shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Staples Singers, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Produced by: Joseph Patel, p.g.a., Robert Fyvolent, p.g.a., David Dinerstein, p.g.a.

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5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

BIFF Opening Night Green Carpet Gala

The Opening Night Green Carpet Gala is an outdoor celebration and will be held on the Chautauqua Green outside the auditorium. Pasta Jay’s, Red F Catering and Provisions, and Savory Cuisines will provide a selection of tasty bites to enjoy alongside wines from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and local beers and Snowmelt hard seltzer from Upslope Brewing. Note: The Gala is not included in the 4pm film-only $35 ticket.

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