The Boedecker Cinema Blog

Our Films and Cinematic Events For The Week Of Oct 17

The Music of Strangers

Featuring Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, Directed by Morgan Neville, 1 hr 36 min

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble is back by popular demand. In this documentary, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) profiles celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, which brings together master musicians from around the world to teach collaborate, and perform. Silk Road’s aspiration to “create unexpected connections” is the kind of goal that’s easier said than done, but in this film we witness the tangible results of the Ensemble’s eclectic collaborations. Among the musicians we meet are Iran’s Kayhan Kalhor, a master of the kamancheh fiddle’ China’s Wu Man, a virtuoso on the lute-like pipa; and Galicia’s Cristina pato, known as the Jimi Hendrix of gaita bagpipes. Despite their divergent backgrounds, they share with Ma a passion for passing traditions to new generations. Full of transcendent music- including Ma’s performance of a solo Bach piece in the Toronto Music Garden, a space that he co-created, The Music of Strangers will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the stunning variety of our world’s musical traditions, and an appetite to hear more.

Join us for a talkback hosted by Lisa Lancaster, a cellist and personal friend of Yo-Yo Ma, on Thursday October 20 following the screening at 7:00 PM.

SHOWTIMES: Wednesday October 19 4:30 PM, Thursday October 20 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM, Friday October 21 4:00 PM, October 22 6:00 PM. BUY TICKETS HERE

REVIEW by Stephanie Merry of the Washington Post

BOEDECKER BLOG XTRA! “This film asks big questions about what role art and culture plays in a modern world with so many different political problems. And I think today, as we see so many people wanting to build walls, I think this is all about building bridges. I mean it’s something that arts and culture do, that film does, that music does; it creates empathy and understanding and if we need anything more in today’s world, it’s empathy and understanding” -Morgan Neville, Filmmaker

Check out other clips from his interview at the Sydney Film Festival last month.

Beautiful and moving piece played by Yo-Yo Ma after the screening of The Music of Strangers at HBO’s release event, as heard on NPR’s All Things Considered followed by an interview with the director, Morgan Neville and NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas.


Directed by Bentley Dean & Martin Butler, 1hr 44 min

The film is set in the South Pacific where Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom. The film was shot entirely on location, and the filmmaker lived with an indigenous family for seven months, developing the storyline in collaboration with the Yakel people. Based on dramatic events that took place on the volcanic island in 1987, the film weaves fascinating details of tribal life into a universally accessible and emotionally affecting romantic drama. It is performed by non-professionals drawn from communities whose history is represented on screen. Visuals of lush forests, pristine beaches and barren black earth surrounding the volcano are beautiful without ever looking like a travelogue. The film won the Audience Award Pietro Barzisa at the Venice International Film Festival and was selected as the Australian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

Join us for a talkback hosted by Paul Shankman, a CU professor and cultural anthropologist, on Wednesday October 19 following the screening at 7:00 PM.

SHOWTIMES: Wednesday October 19 7:00 PM, Thursday October 20 4:30 PM, Friday October 21 1:30 PM & 6:30 PM, Saturday October 22 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM. BUY TICKETS HERE

REVIEW by Stephanie Merry of the Washington Post

BOEDECKER BLOG XTRA! Check out behind the scenes footage and an exclusive look inside the world of Tanna. Co-director and cinematographer Bentley Dean narrates on the making of Tanna — the source of the story, his relationship with the people and the universal nature of storytelling.

Friday Night Weird

Sponsored by Terrapin Care Station

Improv Dialogue with Boulder Improv Collaborative

B-horror movie edition

Expert and funny members of the Boulder Improv Collaborative invent their own dialogue for silent film shorts that they’ve never seen before. In our fifth installment of this blend of cinema and improv we take it up a notch, with some scary surprises.

SHOWTIMES: Friday October 21 8:30 PM. BUY TICKETS HERE

BOEDECKER BLOG XTRA! Learn more about Boulder Improv Collaborative — other upcoming shows and events and how to join- on their website:

Art & Architecture in Cinema

Teatro alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders

Directed by Luca Lucini, 1hr 43min

Built between 1776 and 1778, the year of its inauguration, the teatro alla Scala in Milan has drawn major artists from the international music scene, turning immediately into the theatre of reference, the one every artist aspires to, the Mecca of music. to this day, performing at the Scala means consecrating a career in the eyes of the world. Music critic John Gavazzeni wrote: “The pillars of world Opera repertoire are Italian: Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini — composers whose works have been performed the most all over the world. The symbol of all great conductors is an Italian, Arturo Toscanini. They were all launched or consecrated in one place: at the ‘Teatro alla Scala’, as well as the careers of great sopranos like Renata Tebaldi and Maria Callas, and of directors like Visconti, Zeffirelli and Strehler”. Teatro alla Scala 4k — The Temple of Wonders is a journey through time and space to discover a marvelous place, where the most glorious pages in the history of music, opera and ballet have been written.

SHOWTIMES: Sunday October 23 1:00 PM, Wednesday October 26 1:00 PM. BUY TICKETS HERE

Additional Showtimes for the week of October 17

Royal Opera House: Norma

Showtimes: Wednesday October 19 1:00 PM


Phantom Boy

Showtimes: Saturday October 22 1:30 PM & Saturday October 29 1:30 PM. BUY TICKETS HERE

Beatles: Eight Days A Week

SHOWTIMES: Tuesday October 18 4:30 PM & 7:00 PM — SOLD OUT SHOWS

(will also screen Tuesday October 24 4:30 PM & 7:00 PM)



Since Ron Howard’s Beatles: Eight Days a Week documentary has been so overwhelmingly popular (we’ve had to bring it back for additional showings — that sell out immediately- week after week) we thought we’d poll our staff to find out their all time favorite Beatles songs and create The Dairy Arts Center Beatles dream album!

Listen to our Dairy Arts Center Beatles Dream Album for free on Spotify

Track List

Conar Donovan, Patron Services: Let It Be

Bill Obermeier, Executive Director: Michelle

India Lovato, Visual Arts Administrator: I’m Only Sleeping

Beth Smith, Development Manager: Don’t Let Me Down

Andrea Dudziak, Patron Services & Glenn Webb, Cinema Manager: Here Comes the Sun

Shannon Teppert, Box Office Manager: Yesterday

Shay Wescott, Assistant Box Office Manager: Girl

Shannon Neeser, Client Relationship Manager: Something

Frank Lucero, Patron Services: Dear Prudence

Nini Coleman, Marketing: Because

James Goldmill, Marketing Manager: Tomorrow Never Knows

Jack Hanley, Cinema Programming Committee & Marketing Consultant: A Day in the Life

Anna Nikitin, Patron Services: Free as a Bird

Mason Lawrence Taylor, Front of House Manager: In My Life

Erin Galbreath, Human Resource Manager & Administrative Assistant: Julia

Rebecca Cuscaden, Curator of Visual Arts: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Craig Bushman, Technical Director: I Am The Walrus

Joe Howard, Facilities Manager: Help!

China Young, Patron Services: Oh! Darling

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