06 September 2013

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More than 50 films featured in longest-running Colorado festival
The Breckenridge Festival of Film returns to fall after several years of kicking off summer festivities in June. Traditional film premieres combine with independent film programming, forums and unprecedented access to filmmakers as the leaves turn gold in the High Country, which is among the finest times to visit Summit County and revel in world-class outdoor activities during the day and world-class films at night.

Slated for Sept. 19-22, the festival strives to enrich lives through the ideas and emotions inspired by the art of filmmaking. More than 50 films (selected from almost 200 entries) will screen in seven venues throughout Breckenridge, making audiences, laugh and cry, eliciting emotions from delight to fear to passion to take action. This year, the festival is delighted to present the 2012 Oscar nominee for live action short drama, a film embodying creativity and artistry: “Death of a Shadow.”

“Though this film did not win the coveted Oscar award, it received critic accolades and acclaim,” Breckenridge Festival of Film executive director Janice Kurbjun said. “It is a beautiful piece that tugs on heartstrings at the same time it forces one to think about life, death and what happens beyond the known world. The ability to provoke thought at the same time a film is entertaining are key elements of the independent film genre, and we are proud to have 'Death of a Shadow' as part of our festival.” 

Seven parties, premieres, a high school and college program, the all-new Adventure Reel, a special children's program and a closing night premiere round out the schedule of events.
Inspired and fueled by the festival's creative and active Colorado audience, the Adventure Reel is meant to truly embrace the character of the Breckenridge mountain community. Panel discussion topics include the “Democratization of Film” and “Making of the Shot,” both of which address the digitization of film and its accessibility by a broader pool of aspiring filmmakers. 

Continuing the tradition of including the University of Colorado-Boulder film studies program, the Breckenridge Festival of Film again hosts professor Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz as he brings the many years of “West Side Story” to life in a screening and special discussion.

The Breckenridge Festival of Film is known for attracting filmmakers, from well-known artists to artists looking to make connections. It is the small-town Breckenridge emphasis on community that makes the festival unique, encouraging generations of filmmakers to continue to submit their films for consideration and screening at the event. This year features renowned and amateur, national and international filmmakers.

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This event is made possible by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Beaver Run Resort, Vail Resorts, Town of Breckenridge, The Summit Foundation and many other supporters in the community. A sample of films is listed below. For more information about tickets and lodging, to see a full line-up of films, or for opportunities to support the film festival through sponsorship, visit the Breckenridge Festival of Film website at

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DEATH OF A SHADOW, Stuck on a limbo between life and death, Nathan Rijckx, a deceased World War I soldier, has to collect shadows to regain a second chance at life and love. With two shadows left to collect, he discovers something that shakes his world completely.

LET GOD, A young housewife is stranded alone in the woods after a tragic accident along the Oregon Trail. Far from home, she is tested mentally, physically, and spiritually in a battle for her life.

SPLENDOR, Circus performer Finn must work with newcomer Celeste to prepare a featured act for the Troupe’s opening night. As Finn struggles to connect with Celeste, he must grapple with the accidental death of his wife and former aerial partner, Lucie. Can Finn let go of the haunting memory of the past and revel once more in the splendor of life, joy, and love?

THE GARDEN OF STEVEN, Steven Crosby, a small town missionary in a strange land stumbles upon the lowest road to salvation with the help of a little Mayan girl, a black magic woman, and a saint with a cigar.
THE INSOMNIAC, After someone breaks into John Figg’s home and takes all of his material and sentimental possessions, he develops a severe case of insomnia and learns that the people around him are not as trustworthy as they appear to be.

THE GOLD SPARROW, In a black-and-white futuristic metropolis the Gold Sparrow and her nefarious side kick steal the color from anyone daring enough to create art. Our three heroes perform in the streets as they are hunted, battling for their souls.

THE SWIMMER, Having been bitten by a reef shark, 10-year-old Sam Sherling struggles to return to the pool and swim as before the shark attack. His family endeavors to support him face his fears, while a bully living in the neighborhood harasses him about his scar. The only solution for Sam is to return to the ocean to fight his biggest enemy for the very last time.

UPRISING, Uprising tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers. Featuring four Nobel Peace Prize nominees, several Egyptian presidential candidates, and the former foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan, along with never before seen footage, UPRISING provides the authoritative behind-the-scenes view of one of the most dramatic events of our generation.

WE RIDE: THE STORY OF SNOWBOARDING, A compelling, dramatic and cinematic journey into snowboarding’s unique history and the wider cultural forces that shaped it. We ride is a story that has begging to be told for a long time. Telling the story in a fresh and innovative way, We Ride’s form and style is as dynamic as its content. Interweaving insightful interviews with stunning never before seen footage and captivating cultural archive material, the beautifully structured sequences create a rich canvas of culture, rebellion and snowboarding triumph. We Ride will leave views enthralled, informed and ultimately, inspired.
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