Ticket info

What: Tickets go on sale for the ninth annual Boulder International Film Festival, scheduled for Feb. 14-17

When: 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

Cost: $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors older than 65. All-access passes are available for $375 through Thursday and $450 Friday or after.

How to get tickets: bouldertheater.com (starting at 10 a.m.), Albums on the Hill (noon) and Boulder Theater box office or phone line (303-786-7030), both open 3-7 p.m.

Festival info: biff1.com

This year's Boulder International Film Festival will feature a dash of Kerouac, a pinch of 1960s music and a lot more.

Tickets for the ninth annual festival, which runs Feb. 14-17 at the Boulder Theater and other downtown venues, go on sale Monday.

"This is going to be fantastic. It gets bigger and better every year. Just when think the films can't be better than last year, they are," said Kathy Beeck, who created the festival with her sister Robin in 2004.

This year's festival will feature the presentation of the Pinnacle Award to two-time Oscar winner and Golden Globe nominee Peter Fonda ("Easy Rider," "The Laramie Project") on closing night. Past recipients of BIFF awards include director Oliver Stone and actors William H. Macy and Martin Sheen.


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As always, there will be workshops and screenings of short films, including a Youth Pavilion and CU Student Pavilion, where young filmmakers can show their stuff.

There also is a decided musical bent to this year's festival, with films about Cream drummer Ginger Baker, Johnny Cash's manager and a choir forced to perform for the Nazis, among others. And, for the first time, there will be a singer-songwriter spotlight with live performances at the Lazy Dog Saloon from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17.

"We just want to introduce some local talent and match them with filmmakers who might want to use their music," Beeck says.

Among this year's film highlights:

"Muscle Shoals." This new documentary by Colorado filmmaker Greg "Freddy" Camalier explores how black and white musicians came together at the eponymous Alabama studio in the turbulent 1960s. The film, which features such artists as Bono, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin, will be shown at the festival's Opening Night Red Carpet Gala.

"On the Road." Based on the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name, this feature follows three young friends as they range across the nation and encounter hobos, poets, jazz musicians and more. The ensemble cast includes Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen.

"The Summit." Straight from Sundance, this film by director Nick Ryan documents the brutal day in August 2008 when 11 mountain climbers were killed on K2, considered one of the most challenging peaks in the world. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Ryan.

"War Witch." This 2013 Academy Award nominee tells the harrowing tale of a teenage girl abducted and forced to fight in an African civil war. The film, ripped straight from today's headlines, is both disturbing and lyrical.

"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey." The real-life rock rags-to-riches story of Arnel Pineda, who made his way from YouTube to becoming the new singer for Journey.