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The Daily Camera might run an article on the IFS. One of the questions Kalene McCort of the Camera asked me was: "I see a showing of Derek Cianfrance's 2010 film BLUE VALENTINE is scheduled for Sunday. I remember this film stayed with me for a while. What prompted you to add it to the lineup and what do you find particularly moving about it?
Here was my answer:
I met Derek when he was a student at CU in a film history class. Derek was always ambitious and talented. He also has a big heart and he really loved celluloid and he watched a lot of movies at the IFS as a student. He still loves celluloid and, in fact, he convinced HBO to shoot I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, with Mark Ruffalo, on 35mm film. Derek even did a side-by-side comparison for HBOexecutives to showcase how film still trounced digital in terms of depth, color, and a specific look he wanted. For our 80th anniversary I wanted to bring back some of my favorite filmmakers along with the movies that originally put them on map for IFS customers. The choice for BLUE VALENTINEwas cemented when, after a few months, we finally found a nice print to screen with Derek in attendance. What I find particularly moving about BLUE VALENTINE is that I remember Derek talking and working on that project for many years and I got to the point where I thought it might only be a pipe dream. But then fate intervened, and Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams got attached, and the rest is history. This will be a FREE screening at 2pm.
BLUE VALENTINE will screen on Sunday at 2pm. Then, on Monday night, the IFS partners up with FPC to screen the Boulder premiere of a film by the newest member of the CU Dept. of Cinema Studies: Skinner Myers - with the filmmaker in-person! His movie is titled THE SLEEPING NEGRO, it was recently picked up for distribution after a successful run at last year's Slamdance Film Festival and this will be a FREE screening at 7pm.
Also: apologies for a typo in last week's IFS UPDATE regarding the Brendan Fraser-starring version of THE MUMMY. I wrote that it was screen Monday (as in, last Monday), when - as any alert reader of our website already knew - that should have read as Wednesday: as in tonight! It's on 35mm and regular admission applies.
Wed September 29, 2021, Happy Wednesday!, Muenzinger Auditorium