Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Because you love wild Idaho

Backcountry Film festival helps fund it


The film festival is a grass-roots kind of show that raises funds for preserving winter wonderlands.
Courtesy photo

    The Idaho Conservation League has partnered with the Winter Wildlands Alliance—a national nonprofit organization promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality, human-powered snowsports experience on public lands—for a fun night of film in whichever town you choose.
    Now in its ninth year, the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival entertains while helping to raise funds and awareness. The Backcountry Film Festival premieres in Boise and then travels to more than 100 locations worldwide resulting in more than $110,000 each year for local organizations working on advocacy, snow safety, outdoor education and SnowSchool programs.
2013-14 Backcountry Film Festival Line Up
Best of Festival: “Valhalla,” from Sweetgrass Productions, is the tale of one man’s search to rediscover the freedom of his youth.
Best Conservation Film: “Bolton Valley,” from Red Reel Production, is the story of how a small community fought to save their beloved ski area. 
Best Short:  “Bigger, Braver.” Filmmaker Luc Mehl turns the camera on a young female athlete who shares her insight into the courage and strength involved in seeking big mountain adventure. 
Other films include:
“Trail Break,” from Powderwhore, is a beautiful black and white portrait of deep powder skiing.
“Morning Rituals,” a day in the life of an undercover ski bum. Presented by Chris Dickey of Orange and Purple.
“Youth,” from filmmaker Corey Rich, inspires us to pack up the kids and proves that backcountry skiing is a family affair.
“Nokhoi Zeekh”: In search of the Wolverine, from filmmaker Forrest McCarthy. Five Americans set off on a month-long ski expedition through northern Mongolia to document one of the world’s most iconic but least-known winter species.
“Strong” from filmmaker and storyteller Fitz Cahall at Duct Tape then Beer, captures Roger Strong’s reflections about moving forward after a tragic avalanche.  
“Poor Man’s Heli”, skier Antoine Boisselier thinks outside the skin track and comes up with a new and unique way to the top of the mountain. From Mike Douglas at Switchback Entertainment.
“Take the Ride”, from filmmakers Jason Thompson and Drew Stoecklein, asks, “When you have a dream will you buy the ticket, will you Take the Ride?”

Two venues
The Liberty Theatre, Hailey, Jan. 3, 7 p.m. $10.
The nexStage Theater, Ketchum, Jan. 4, 6-9 p.m. $10.
For additional details, contact Shelley Pursell at spursell@winterwildlands.org or by phone at 208-336-4203 ext 3 or Betsy Mizell at 726-7485.


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