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 excepting submissions for films about the Basque Country and culture. We will show them in the rooms during Jaialdi in July.
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Stories are central to the Modern Hotel. We tell the story of how the Modern came to exist each time a guest inquires about the pictures on the wall. Our story is planted deep in Idaho, in the rich history of the west, Basque boarding houses, sheep herding, immigration, the American dream and stories told around the campfire by pioneers.
Beginning this summer, the Modern Hotel and Boise Radio will host Modern Campfire Stories, produced by Christian Winn. Christian, who also produces Storyfort, the literary add-on to this year’s Treefort Music Fest, has invited writers from around Idaho to read their work. Original fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenplays and more will be offered from Boise’s rich literary community. On Monday nights throughout the summer and fall, you camp out around the fires in the courtyard of the Modern Hotel and hear the best writers Idaho has to offer.
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.
Only 10 days left before Modern Art. This week we’re featuring artist Ben Gin being interviewed by his alter ego KAOSEACE. That’s Kaos and Peace together. Ben will have a room at Modern Art again this year. No word yet as to whether KOASEACE will make an appearance. But the video is hysterical. So check it out.
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