Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Finding winter

Backcountry film festival at Liberty Theatre on Friday

Express Staff Writer

The seventh annual world tour of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates grassroots filmmakers who tell stories of nonmotorized backcountry recreation and environmental preservation. Submissions came from rising filmmakers who travel every corner of the globe to gather footage. The winning films are selected by jury and the top films are assembled into a 90-minute program.

The Idaho Conservation League will host the festival Friday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.

The festival was created to highlight Winter Wildlands Alliance's efforts to preserve and conserve winter landscapes. The festival travels to more than 75 communities throughout the United States and then overseas to Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Asia. Funds raised stay in local communities to support local human-powered recreation efforts and to raise awareness of winter management issues, avalanche training, safety and winter education programs.

This year's program includes nine films, including Best of Festival award winner "Solitaire," filmed in the Andes, from Peru to southern Chile, by Sweetwater Productions. The Best Short Award went to "Chalk and Ski," a daydream about skiing. "Breaking Trail" from Powderwhore Productions took the prize for Best of the Backcountry.

Arrive early for beer and a raffle. Tickets are $10 at the door, or can be purchased in advance by calling Brett Stevenson at 726-7485. For more details visit

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