Boulder, CO – August 16, 2006 – The International Film Series (IFS) is pleased to announce its participation in the Sundance Institute Art House Project, an initiative that selected only 14 theaters nationwide to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Sundance Institute. The IFS was invited to join this prestigious effort because of its curatorial vision and its commitment to building local audiences for independent film.
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Sundance Institute the IFS will show 25 films that screened at the Sundance Film Festival beginning on Thursday, September 14th. Special events include new 35mm prints struck by distributors just for this occasion (ie: HIGH ART on Nov. 16), recent entries making their Boulder premiere (13 TZAMETI on Nov. 2), a focus on documentaries (every Sunday from Sep 24 – Nov 12), and live appearances from directors, producers, and actors associated with some of these films – including one very special live laser-show performance by The Billy Nayer Show at the Fiske Planetarium that follows a free screening of their highly inventive cult classic (THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT on Sep. 20).
“In selecting theatres to participate in the Art House Project, we looked for those cinemas that are recognized for their quality film programming and commitment to building audiences for independent film at a local level. Another goal was to achieve a broad geographic reach by including vibrant communities across the country. As Boulder's first film series dedicated to art-house, foreign, and independent cinema, the International Film Series has been instrumental in cultivating an active, local audience for this work. Connie White, a consultant to Sundance Institute for the Art House Project, knew Pablo Kjolseth to be a very active programmer who looks to the Sundance Film Festival as one source of films that are well-suited to his audience and often introduces the Boulder community to some of the best work to come out of our Festival. For all of these reasons, the International Film Series was a natural theatre to include in our Art House Project and we're happy to be working with Pablo in this way.” - John Cooper, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival.
“The Sundance Film Festival has tremendous influence on both filmmakers and the film-going audience. One of the things that the Art House Project highlights is that special place where these two elements often meet, a place that was pivotal to the evolution of uncompromising, challenging, and beautiful cinema that might not have otherwise existed for its audience; the locally programmed art house theater. The IFS is proud to have been selected for this project, to partner up with Sundance Institute to celebrate their contributions to independent cinema over the last 25 years, and also to reward our audiences with new prints and special presentations that serve to remind us all why independent cinema was, is, and will continue to be an important, vibrant, and fun art form that, in the right setting, can bring together the community for both enlightenment and good times.” – Pablo Kjolseth, International Film Series Director
Dedicated year-round to the development of artists of independent vision and to the exhibition of their new work, Sundance Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2006. Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, the Institute has grown into an internationally recognized resource for thousands of independent artists through its Sundance Film Festival and artistic development programs for fiction and nonfiction filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, playwrights and theatre artists. The original values of independence, creative diversity, and discovery continue to define and guide the work of Sundance Institute, both with artists from the U.S. and, increasingly, with artists from other regions of the world.
The Sundance Institute Art House Project is a national initiative that pairs the Institute and its Sundance Film Festival with 14 select art house cinemas across the country. As part of its year- long 25th anniversary celebration in 2006, Sundance Institute selected theatres that are recognized for quality film programming and commitment to building audiences for independent film at the local level. Local curators will program their own screening series of independent film classics and recent films from the Sundance Film Festival. Participating theatres include: The Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Fine Arts Theatre in Asheville, N.C.; Pickford Theatre in Bellingham, Wash.; the International Film Series in Boulder, Colo.; Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Mass.; RagTag Cinema in Columbia, Mo.; Palace Theatre in Hilo, Hawaii; Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tenn.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art in Oklahoma City, Okla.; Enzian Theatre in Orlando, Fla.; Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, N.Y.; Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City, Utah; Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, Cal.; and Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville, Maine.
The International Film Series in Boulder, Colorado, was established in 1941. It is Boulder’s first film series dedicated to independent and foreign cinema. A non-profit program, it was formed by savy faculty members who loved film and who familiarized Boulder audiences with the work of many acclaimed directors that were otherwise being overlooked by the regular cinema outlets of the time. The IFS was also instrumental in making cinema a legitimate part of academic life and ultimately paved the way for the existence of the Film Studies Program in at C.U., Boulder. The IFS remains a locally programmed film series that provides a reverential platform for old, new, independent, and world cinema. It strives to provide its audience with quality, variety, and quiet venues that eschew crass commercialism and allow viewers to be transported into other worlds – all at an affordable price.
The IFS main office is located at: 1125 18th St., ATLAS 316-UCB, Boulder, CO., 80309 For schedules, details, and all other information, visit www.internationalfilmeries.com or call 303.492.1531.