Friday, March 8, 2019

Opening Night Reception and Music

First 100 ticket purchasers receive an exclusive invitation
to the opening night reception

5pm-7pm Friday March 8, 2019

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Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres Provided by Cowgirl Catering,
Wines by Canteen Wine Co. and Beer by Odell Brewing Company



Guerilla Fanfare Brass Band

Outside and the Main Stage 

5:15 – 7:05 PM


Bonnie and Taylor Sims


5:00- 6:45 PM

PROGRAM LC-01 Friday, 7:00pm


USA, 79 min., Feature Documentary

By BIFF Award-Winner Michael Brown
(Farther Than the Eye Can See, High Ground).
Starring Erik Weihenmayer

Making your first solo-kayak run of the Grand Canyon is daunting, particularly if you are totally blind. Erik Weihenmayer has already overcome some stunning challenges for both sighted and blind people, including climbing Mount Everest. Whitewater kayaking is different, the water moves unpredictably, the rocks that make up that canyon walls are absolutely unforgiving, and the roar cuts him off from his guide’s voice and threatens his kayak. How will Erik react when disaster strikes on Lava Falls, the most dangerous rapids on the Colorado River? The Weight of Water is a story of a blind man balancing fear in the midst of chaos, and the powerful desire to be free from a prison of darkness.

Country: USA

Saturday, March 9, 2019


Music By:

Hanna Doreen Brown

9:30 AM -10:00 AM


Shorts Film 1

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10:00 am MST
Lincoln Center Performance Hall

Life in Miniature

UK, Short Documentary, 2018
5 min

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Direct to BIFF from Sundance 2019

A proud Yorkshire woman reflects on her life and art as she carves her place in the precious world of miniatures.
Directed by Ellen Evans


Ireland, Cuba, Short Documentary, 2017, 2 min

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Made as a result of a conversation with Werner Herzog on a park bench in Cuba, this film examines a woman’s unusual motives for visiting the beauty salon every day. Subtitled.
Directed by Bob Gallagher

Magic Alps

Italy, Short Film, 2018
14 min

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Winner at Aspen and AFI Film Festivals

When an Afghan refugee arrives in Italy with his goat to seek asylum, an Italian immigration officer finds himself in a difficult position because he doesn’t know what to do with the animal. Subtitled.
Directed by Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi


Mexico, Short Film, 2017
15 min

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Winner at Chicago, Berlin, Palm Springs, Mexico and Seoul film festivals

The president of Mexico spends his final days in office making plans for his future. He even dances around his desk. Everything looks in order, until an international conflict disrupts his pleasant dreams of retirement. Subtitled.
Directed by Alejandro Saevich


France, Short Animation, 2017
6 min

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Winner of 35 awards

When marine wildlife must adapt to the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change.
Directed by Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion

Animal Behaviour

Canada, Short Animation, 2018, 14 min

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Nominated for a 2019 Academy Award

Five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner feelings in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.
Directed by David Fine, Alison Snowden


Canada, Short Film, 2018
16 min

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Winner at 13 film festivals

Alone in the wild, two boys play a game around a surface mine. Will the game be as harmless as they think? Subtitled.
Directed by Jeremy Comte


Music By:

Johnny Johnston

Johnny Johnston Website

11:45 AM -12:15 PM



USA, Feature Documentary, 2018, 91 min

“A comfortable level of disharmony is the best you can hope for in this life.” —farming guru Alan York in the Hollywood Reporter

When young urban foodie couple John and Mollie Chester get booted from their tiny LA apartment because of their barking dog, they leap into buying a run-down 200-acre-farm an hour north of the city. But the farm’s soil is so depleted and drought-ridden that it will not even grow weeds, and John and Mollie know nothing about farming. So, they consult a Zen-farming expert named Alan York, who suggested a fantasy-utopian farm, one involving 70 different species of 10,000 fruit trees and 200 different crops, all laid out in Van Gogh whorls, with free-ranging animals like ducks, chickens and pigs to fertilize the soil. When the farm’s ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chester’s hope. But as their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the wisdom of nature, and of life itself.

Directed by John Chester


PROGRAM LC-03 Saturday, 12:15pm


Music By:

Mike Finders

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM


Shorts Film 2

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 2:45 pm MST 
Lincoln Center Performance Hall 

A New View of the Moon

USA, Short Documentary, 2018
3 min

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A man took a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: the moon. They are astounded.
Directed by Alex Gorosh

Armor del Amor

USA, Short Animation, 2018
2 min

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A kind of nature “documentary” that follows the mating rituals of the armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) to discover the dark underbelly of modern mammalian dating.
Directed by Kirk Kelley

One Cambodian Family Please for My Pleasure

USA, Short Film, 2018
13 min

Direct to BIFF from Sundance 2019

In 1981, a lonely refugee from Czechoslovakia paints an all-too-appealing picture of her American life as she writes a letter begging an organization to send a Cambodian refugee family so that she can help resettle them in her new “hometown of dreams:” Fargo, North Dakota. Based on the true story of the director’s mother, Helena. Starring Emily Mortimer
Directed by A.M. Lukas


Ireland, Short Film, 2017
14 min

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A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language, baffling linguistic experts from around the globe.
Directed by Benjamin Cleary, TJ O’Grady Peyton

Never Land

USA, Short Film, 2018
16 min

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This short film tells the story of an inner-city foster boy with nothing but himself and his imagination to keep him company. His only escape comes through his daydreams to Neverland, where all little boys without mothers and fathers go to fit in as Lost Boys.
Directed by Brett Smith


USA, Short Film, 2018
12 min

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Winner at 10 film festivals​

In 2005, three children are locked in a car in Texas on a hot day, and six-year-old Caroline must save them.
Directed by Logan George, Celine Held

Age of Sail

USA, Short Animation, 2018
12 min

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Shortlisted for a 2019 Academy Award

From Google’s immersive storytelling unit and set on the open ocean in 1900, Age of Sail is the story of William Avery, an old sailor who is adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds hope in his darkest hours.
Directed by John Kahrs


Music By:

Liz Barnez

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM



Canada, Feature Film, 2018, 94 min


… a confidently shot and beautifully acted story that shows how the Millennial generation experiences sexuality, ostracism and growing up… —The Hollywood Reporter

Franky Winter and Ballas Kohl are high school royalty: handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls. They live the perfect teenage life—until the night of Franky’s epic 17th birthday party, when Franky and Ballas, both wasted, surprise each other by getting intimate. Word gets out, Franky is named as the aggressor and he becomes the subject of catcalls from his former friends, now bullying homophobes. Franky comes by his sexual confusion naturally because his father (Kyle MacLachlan) has recently left his mother (Maria Bello) to move in with his previously unknown boyfriend. Giant Little Ones is a sensitive and touching look at that point in adolescence when freedom is both intoxicating and terrifying. Starring: Peter Outerbridge, Maria Bello and Kyle MacLachlan

Directed by Keith Behrman

PROGRAM LC-05 Saturday, 5:00 pm

Music By:

Dave Beegle

7:00 – 7:30 PM


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PROGRAM LC-06 Saturday, 7:30pm


USA / Cuba, Feature Documentary, 2018, 84 min

Did you know that America’s greatest contribution to jazz came from black slaves brought to New Orleans from Cuba? Ben Jaffe’s parents, Allan and Sandra, founded the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 1961, which has played for presidents and kings ever since. Now Ben, seeking to fulfill his late father’s dream, takes his band from New Orleans to Cuba, where dark and ancient connections between their peoples reveal the roots of jazz. A Tuba to Cuba celebrates the triumph of the human spirit expressed through the universal language of music, and challenges us to resolve to build bridges, not walls.

Directed by T.G. Herrington, Danny Clinch

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