The 2nd Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF) screens at the Historic Atlas Theatre in downtown Cheyenne May 19 – 22. The program will consist of 47 independent films and there is something for every taste.
CIFF is a platform for communities to tell their stories and relate to one another through the art of motion pictures. Last year, CIFF honored BIFF alumnus and Oscar nominee Daniel Junge. His documentary, The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010.
“We like to include the community as much as possible in CIFF,” CIFF Producer Alan O’Hashi said. “We have a Call2ACTion program similar to BIFF’s which links up with local non-profits and we show films that allow each organization to ‘talk-back’ with the audience about their issues in the safe space of art, in our case, film.”
The Call2Action partners this year include, The Old West Museum (1911 Silent Film), the Southeast Wyoming Intertribal Powwow Association (Divided Trails by Jerry Aronson), V.F.W. Post 1881 (A Warm Wind), Safehouse (Mother by Chris Fauchere), Grant Family Farms (What’s Organic About Organic) and the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance (Your Neighbor’s Child).
Kicking off the CIFF is a day-long event called “Exploring the Creative Economy Conference and Expo” featuring Hollywood screenwriter Rachel Powell and a video production seminar by Michael Conti.