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The Modern Hotel's 39 Rooms 'Film Festival'

"I don't think these filmmakers have a place to show short films. It occurred to us to put some really good content on there."

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Boise's Modern Hotel is adding a new twist to the familiar concept of the in-room movie: Imagine a short-film festival running in a continuous loop, with new submissions being beamed into the mix in real-time.

That's the concept behind the 39 Rooms Film Festival, which The Modern is hosting in cooperation with the Sun Valley Film Festival. Until November 2014, filmmakers can submit short works to The Modern. Winning entries will be plugged into a loop of other winning entries on the hotel's closed-circuit television system in all of its 39 rooms. Three entries--Judith by Takahisa Shiraishi, Sheltered Love by Alex Italics and Cross the Line by Charles Ancelle--have already been submitted.

Hotel manager and festival organizer Michal Lloyd told Boise Weekly the channel (fittingly, Channel 39) is currently showing footage from the annual Modern Art showcase.

"I don't think these filmmakers have a place to show short films," she told BW. "It occurred to us to put some really good content on there."