Peter Fonda
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The organizers of the Boulder International Film Festival announced this year's event will begin with the opening night red carpet gala and a screening of the documentary "Muscle Shoals" on Feb. 14 and close on Feb. 17 with an appearance by Peter Fonda.

The festival, celebrating its ninth year, is bringing a 47-film lineup this year, including "Muscle Shoals," directed by Colorado's Greg "Freddy" Camalier, according to a news release issued Thursday.

The film, which will be shown at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14, focuses on the music created during the heightened racial tension of the 1960s when white and black artists came together in a recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Artists featured in the film include Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers Band, and Simon & Garfunkel.

After a weekend of film screenings, workshops and other events, the festival's awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 17. The ceremony will be highlighted by the presentation of the "Pinnacle Award" to two-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Peter Fonda, who has appeared in films including "Easy Rider" and "The Limey."

All festival movie tickets will go on sale Monday at Tickets are also available by calling the Boulder Theater at 303-786-7030. Individual film tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. All-access festival passes can be purchased for $375 through Jan. 31 and increase to $450 on Feb. 1.

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