Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Celebrate winter

Backcountry Film Festival this weekend


By EXPRESS STAFF

A portion of the funds from this year’s film festival will go to ensure trained personel have the right knowlege to prevent an avalanche from being a public threat and the proper gear to respond when nature runs its own show. Express file photo

    Winter is upon us and once again the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is calling snow fans to celebrate the fun and beauty of winter at the Backcountry Film Festival.
    The festival is a celebration of winter told through seven films to be shown at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey, Saturday, Jan. 12. The evening will include a raffle and ice-cold brews.
    The films come from renowned filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work, and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best film short. The entries are juried by a panel of judges and the top selections are assembled into a 90-minute program.
    The festival was created eight years ago to highlight Winter Wildlands Alliance’s efforts to preserve and promote winter landscapes for human-powered users. From a single showing in Boise that first year, the festival has grown to include showings in locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas to Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Asia. Funds raised stay in local communities to support avalanche training/safety, winter education programs and human-powered recreation efforts.
    The event is hosted by Winter Wildlands Alliance and Friends of the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center. All proceeds will benefit these organizations. Doors open at 6 p.m. with films at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available for $10, either at the door or at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/297333.    
    This year’s program includes seven films:
l Winner of the Best of the Backcountry award, “Skiing the Void” from Sweetgrass Productions is a reflection on taking chances during a two-year odyssey in the Andes.
l A festival cut of “Further,” from Teton Gravity Research, brings the return of Jeremy Jones and friends to push the limits of their mountain experience under their own power.
l Luc Mehl, winner of the Hans Sari Scholarship and winner of this year’s Best Grassroots Film, chronicles an epic trip across the wild in “Alaska Wilderness Classic.”
l “A Story of Trust” is a call for climate recovery from a 9-year-old activist and the winner of this year’s Best Environmental Film.
l “Denali Experiment” is a look at a different type of expedition film from Camp4Collective.
l From Switchback Entertainment comes “Freedom Chair,” an athlete’s journey back to the slopes and his love of winter.
l “Unicorn Sashimi” from Felt Soul Media highlights the amazing winter snowscapes of Japan.


Celluloid showdown
Where: Liberty Theater in Hailey.
When: Saturday, Jan. 12. Doors at 6 p.m. Films at 7 p.m.
Benefits: Winter Wildlands Alliance and Friends of the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center.
Tickets: $10 at the door or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/297333.


 




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