Friday 9 June : 5:30pm to 10:00pm
6:00pm : Opening Night Appetizers and Music
Location : Farmer Girl, 432 Main Street
Help us kick off LIFF in style! Join us for an evening of fine cuisine and your choice of libation. Kickback and enjoy the live music at Farmer Girl restaurant!
The band, Porlolo will entertain us with a three-piece folk pop set, then we’ll mosey up to Rogers Hall. Get ready for an exciting and inspiring film. Reengineering Sam is the perfect fit for this trailblazing Film Festival; it was awarded the True Grit award at the Denver Film Festival. Dinner, music and a film: what a winning combo!
7:00pm : Opening Night Films
Location : Rogers Hall, 400 High Street
We invite you to be inspired by two very different Trailblazers: a race car driver overcoming unbelievable odds to race again and a famous cowboy who’ll win your heart!
Reengineering Sam Brian Malone
1hour, 22 min CO
Director will answer questions post-screening
Sam Schmidt was living out his boyhood dream as an IndyCar racer. He earned the title of IndyCar “Rookie of the Year”. His dream came to an abrupt end when he crashed into a wall at 200 miles per hour, leaving him a quadriplegic. Sam’s accident rendered him physically helpless, unable to scratch an itch much less drive again, until a dedicated group of bright engineering minds stepped up to build him a car that he could drive using only his head.
Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs Justin Koehler
1 hour, 34 min CO
Film crew on hand for further questions
American cowboy Casey Tibbs, a nine-time world champion who left home at the age of 13 in 1942 due to his father’s disdain of rodeo, had a rags-to-riches life! Akin to riding a wild bronco in competition, his unpredictable journey had its grand victories and cheerless crashes. Get ready to “Let’er Buck!”
10:00pm : Opening Night Continued Discussions
Location : Oskar Blues Brews and Blues, 400 High Street
Continue the film discussions over beer at Oskar Blues Brews and Blues. Happy hour drink specials all festival long with your badge or film ticket at Oskar Blues!