• The only 24/7, always-on Basque short film festival you can watch naked.

    November 22nd, 2015 by Michal



    From Hubert Le Blonen azken hegaldia

    It’s late. You checked in to the Modern and made your way to your room. After you’ve entered the room, flipped on the light, dropped your bags on the floor, and fallen back on the bed, your hand flops around the nightstand to conjure up the TV remote. Turning it on on you see what seems like a strange transmission in a strange language, complete with subtitles. If you can resist the urge to switch to late-night talk, you’re about to catch a glimpse of a rare, cinematic treat—Basque Short Films.


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    The latest installment of 39 Rooms Film Festival Films, the Modern Hotel & Bar’s ongoing, in-room film festival is featuring Basque Short Films. Launched this summer in honor of Jaialdi 2015, the recurring festival that celebrates Boise culture’s deep Basque connections, these short films span a range of comedy, drama, poetic, and animation that bring to life modern takes on Basque life.

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    Here’s a list of what you just might be watching. So make yourself comfortable and enjoy.

    Soroa: Directed by Asier Altuna

    A stunning visual poem of sun, wind, arid soil, and prayers for rain.

    Democracia: Directed by Borja Cobeaga

    Black comedy about a daring plan for keeping the workers’ morale high.

    Abuztua: Directed by Pello Gutierrez

    A tale about a boy taking care of his comatose Grandmother that skillfully navigates the border between love and horror.

    Hubert Le Blonen azken hegaldia: Directed by Koldo Amandoz

    Animated documentary about the life and death of an early 20th century Icarus.


    Colera: Directed by Aritz Moreno

    “Colera” is based on “Terminated,” a comic story about an unaccepting village.

    Oiartzun: Directed by Julen Agirre Egibar

    Offbeat animation about a woman and a gramophone—and fire.

    Forgotten Times: Directed by Alberto Catenacci

    First-person accounts that evoke the diversity and complexity of of Basque migration and the return to Euskadi.

    Elkartea (The Society): Directed by Kote Camacho

    A group of old friends get together for dinner, discovering one of them is now down on his luck. Dinner won’t be as comfortable as expected.

    Una Hora, Un Paso: Directed by Bernat Gual and Aitor Iturriza

    A team of reporters enters a prison where Juan has been held for 17 years. Something terrible is about to happen.

    Zela Trovke: Directed by Asier Altuna

    A documentary about Basque musicians performing an old Slovak ‘moritat’, a type of ballad that narrates the events surrounding a murder.

    Arconada: Directed by Asier Urbieta

    An evocative coming-of-age film about a color blind boy who hopes to become a great football goalie.

    A Loving Neighbor: Directed by Pello Varela

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  • Artist Maps

    May 6th, 2015 by Michal

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  • The First In-Room Film Festival: 39 Rooms

    February 20th, 2015 by Michal

    The First In-Room Film Festival: 39 Rooms
    Boise, Idaho – February 20, 2015 – The Modern Hotel and Bar present the first in-room film festival.
    The Modern Hotel and Bar has recently launched what is possibly the first “in-room” film festival.

    Over the past year and a half the Modern has–with the help of Laura Mehlaff from Sun Valley Film Festival–acquired these films, through an open competition, for our own in-room film festival. Over 150 film submissions were received from throughout the world. They came from Idaho but they also came from Spain, the Russian Federation and even Tajikistan.

    Now guests can watch short films specifically selected for the festival on the Modern Hotel‘s own Channel 39. They will even be able to vote for their favorite films, which will be awarded the honor of Guest’s Favorite Award.

    Here are the selections for this year’s first international round of the festival:
    • Retire for the Evening, Written and Directed by Ed Hellmanilm
    • Sheltered Love, by Alex Italics, Director; Co-Producer
    • Juba-lation, Filmed and Edited by Andy Lawless
    • ZIMA by Cristina Picchi
    • Cities and Memories, by Yuqi Kang, Poetry by Italo Calvino
    • BEAST, by Brock Forrette
    • One Thing to Take, directed and animated by Bill Pettitt, story by Christian Winn
    • August, Director/Producer: Michael Moody Culpepper,
    • Baby Crazy by Haroula Rose, Writer/Director

    Several of the films are world premieres, while others have been previously selected by other festivals. Baby Crazy premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival last year and Zima was selected by Sundance. Either way we think these films are worthy of another audience. The 39 Rooms Film Festival is another way the Modern Hotel supports the Arts: by encouraging filmmakers and providing another venue to show their work.

    This July we are accepting submissions for films about the Basque Country and culture. We will show them in the rooms during Jaialdi in July.

    Michal Lloyd
    1314 W Grove St.
    Boise, Idaho 83702
    Ph: 208-319-4684

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    January 10th, 2015 by Michal

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  • Modern Art and the Boise Bicycle Project

    April 30th, 2014 by Michal

    Final 2ndfloor 2Only three days left until Modern Art 2014 and things are heating up. This year we are please to be included in “24 Bicycles in 24 Hours” sponsored by the Boise Bicycle Project and Boise Gives. Their goal is to give 24 bicycles to 24 children who otherwise couldn’t afford one. The bike in our lobby is for Elma, age 8, who gave the Boise Bicycle Project a description of her dream bike, “pink and purple with a little basket.” You can help Elma by giving a donation to BBP in her name. BBP is a community-oriented cooperative that promotes the personal, social and environmental benefits of bicycling. BBP built the bike to her specifications and it’s adorable. If the donation threshold is reached it will be donated to Elma on the day of Modern Art.

    Speaking of which, below is the map of rooms listing the artist who will occupy and transform them. From what we’ve seen so far it is going to be a banner year.

    Artists on the 1st Floor

    Artists on the 2nd Floor

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