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I48 Documentary Debut a Stunning Success

"For those of you who are here, wondering why your friends have brought you here, let me explain so you can have some context for the next hour of your life."

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Cinema No. 2 at The Flicks was as packed as any Boise movie theater playing opening-weekend feature films April 7. But for this particular Saturday matinee, the nearly sold-old theater was screening a one-and-done compilation of documentaries, an ambitious new project from the 48-hour film festival, i48.

I48 co-founder Andrew Ellis looked out at the packed cinema and announced, "For those of you who are here, wondering why your friends have brought you here, let me explain so you can have some context for the next hour of your life."

Ellis said that teams of filmmakers were tasked with crafting documentaries, no longer than 10 minutes. Their efforts resulted in a unique compilation of six films which, at least for me, was pound for pound the best i48 bundle of films in the festival's 15-year history. The subjects ran the gamut, from the resettlement of an Iraqi family in Boise to an undercover glimpse of some of Boise's clandestine graffiti artists.

"How did you choose your subjects?" an audience member asked film director Erica Cornwall, whose documentary, Rhodes to Bogus chronicled Boise's history of skateboarding and snowboarding.

Cornwall turned to the subjects of her film, already beaming from the their big-screen debuts.

"I don't know. How should I answer that?" she asked.

"We actually chose you," the boarders said, and laughter rose from the audience.

The completed i48 documentary films should appear soon on the i48 Vimeo platform.