The Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary with nine unique films to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled.
When: Thursday January 29th, Doors open at 6 PM, Films start at 7 PM.
Where: The Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane.
Tickets: $12 Available in advance at Mountain Gear and TicketsWest.
The Backcountry Film Festival highlights the beauty, diversity and fun of the winter backcountry experience. Submissions come from world renowned filmmakers who travel every corner of the globe to submit their best backcountry work, and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best film short. The top films are then juried and assembled into a night of fun for all – whether you like to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or even just stay indoors and drink hot cocoa by the fire, there is something for everyone. These films are as diverse as the backcountry experience and will put a smile on the face of even the most winter-averse viewer.
This year’s films include:
- Out on a Limb Best of Festival award winner, from T-bar Films – tells the story of Vasu, whose love for skiing and the backcountry overcomes all obstacles.
- Powder Pilgrimage Best of the Backcountry award winner, from Joey Howell – chronicles the ventures of two friends ski-bumming it to Valdez, Alaska, a trip we should all take once.
- Backcountry Baker Best Grassroots Film award winner, from Jeremy Lurgio – follows Labrador retriever “Baker” and his owner as they pursue their love of mountains through backcountry skiing.
- From the Road From the Road From Fischer Creative – portrays the balance between liberation and limitation as a group of athletes come together to help a skiing comrade gain reconciliation with the Alaska peak where a 2009 accident ended his professional guiding career.
- Afterglow From Sweetgrass Productions – is a revolutionary and visually spectacular film that brings a whole new light to skiing in the dark.
- 95 to Infinity From Doglotion Media – follows brothers Andy and Mike Traslin as they keep the torch lit for 95 months of winter turns.
- IRS Traverse From Luc Mehl – a fun and quirky adventure through the Alaska Wilderness.
- Sundog From SturgeFilms – captures the dog days of skiing in Patagonia.
- Higher From Teton Gravity Research – continues the journey of athlete Jeremy Jones as he reaches new heights.
Proceeds from the Spokane showing support the Inland Northwest Backcountry Alliance’s efforts to preserve and promote opportunities for quiet human-powered winter recreation in the Inland Northwest.
The Backcountry Film Festival is sponsored locally by:
- Gonzaga Outdoors
- The Spokane Mountaineers
- The Spokane Mountaineer Foundation
- OutThere Monthly
- Mountain Gear
- Inland Northwest Backcountry Alliance