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BIFF’s new musical bent

Music docs, independent films abound at festival

By David Accomazzo

The festival, this year, brings 47 documentaries and feature films plus shorts to town, and the only two full-time employees acknowledge that it’s the enthusiasm and dedication of hundreds of volunteers that makes the festival run.

Boulderganic

BIFF 2013: Buying some time for a climate change movement

Tim DeChristopher’s fraudulent auction bids and activism in 'Bidder 70'

By Elizabeth Miller

Tim DeChristopher was a 27-year-old University of Utah economics student who’d spent five years teaching at-risk kids and was just beginning to get involved in activism around climate change when he found himself at a Bureau of Land Management land sale bidding on $1.8 million in leases.

Adventure

BIFF 2013: Find, save, copy, paste

'Digital Dharma' tells of one scholar’s work to save thousands of Tibetan texts

By Elizabeth Miller

Imagine a trove of knowledge as vast and extensive as the famous Library of Alexandria, heralded for its archives of literature from antiquity and destroyed in the first centuries of the Common Era — burned, in the best of the legends about its destruction, in a fire that took six months to work through the documents that contained what was then the best and most comprehensive collection of the world’s knowledge.

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BIFF 2013: Finding light in the darkness

Documentary tells story of Jews that escaped Holocaust in Ukrainian cave

By Stephanie Riesco

Somewhere in a Ukrainian cave, the film crew for No Place on Earth switched off their headlamps.

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BIFF 2013: The man behind the Man in Black

Documentary delves into Johnny Cash’s first manager

By David Accomazzo

He found a locker full of Johnny Cash memorabilia — gold records, signed posters, and a treasure trove: 60 hours of reel-to-reel tape, Saul’s audio diaries as well as recorded phone calls with the Man in Black himself. He decided to make a documentary.

BIFF Features
Adventure

BIFF 2013: Find, save, copy, paste

'Digital Dharma' tells of one scholar’s work to save thousands of Tibetan texts

By Elizabeth Miller

Imagine a trove of knowledge as vast and extensive as the famous Library of Alexandria, heralded for its archives of literature from antiquity and destroyed in the first centuries of the Common Era — burned, in the best of the legends about its destruction, in a fire that took six months to work through the documents that contained what was then the best and most comprehensive collection of the world’s knowledge.

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BIFF 2013: The man behind the Man in Black

Documentary delves into Johnny Cash’s first manager

By David Accomazzo

He found a locker full of Johnny Cash memorabilia — gold records, signed posters, and a treasure trove: 60 hours of reel-to-reel tape, Saul’s audio diaries as well as recorded phone calls with the Man in Black himself. He decided to make a documentary.

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BIFF 2013: Finding light in the darkness

Documentary tells story of Jews that escaped Holocaust in Ukrainian cave

By Stephanie Riesco

Somewhere in a Ukrainian cave, the film crew for No Place on Earth switched off their headlamps.

Boulderganic

BIFF 2013: Buying some time for a climate change movement

Tim DeChristopher’s fraudulent auction bids and activism in 'Bidder 70'

By Elizabeth Miller

Tim DeChristopher was a 27-year-old University of Utah economics student who’d spent five years teaching at-risk kids and was just beginning to get involved in activism around climate change when he found himself at a Bureau of Land Management land sale bidding on $1.8 million in leases.

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BW BIFF Picks 2013: 'The New Public'

By David Accomazzo

Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School (BCAM) starts out with about a hundred students and idealistic optimism on the part of the school’s teachers. The documentary follows a handful of teachers, administrators and students during the school’s first year, then revisits them as the students complete their senior year in high school.


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BW BIFF Picks 2013: 'Little World'

By Joel Dyer

Albert Casals’ version of travel is the equivalent of doing a solo ascent on K2 without oxygen and wearing only your underwear. It’s adventure travel without map or net.


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BW BIFF Picks 2013: 'Seeking Asian Female'

By Steve Weishampel

Despite opening with interviews of white men looking for Asian women, Seeking Asian Female is about one white man, one Asian woman and one documentarian.


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BW BIFF Picks 2013: 'Trash Dance'

By Joel Dyer

On some level, Allison Orr is either an idealist or a masochist. She has the audacity to believe that art can transform lives by allowing individuals to show their true selves to complete strangers by communicating through the common language of art.


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