Saturday, October 19, 2013

Backcountry Film Festival

The 9th annual  Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human powered winter experience by highlighting the fun and magic of the winter backcountry. The festival also raises funds so Winter Wildlands Alliance and their grassroots groups can protect wild winter landscapes and opportunities to enjoy them.

2013-2014 Backcountry Film Festival
trailer by Winter Wildlands Alliance

Included in this year's festival is Nokhoi Zeekh: In search of Wolverine. I produced this short film about the Darhad Ski Traverse. Narrated by Rebecca Watters, the film documents our month-long ski expedition through northern Mongolia to investigate one of the world's most iconic but least-known winter adapted species.

The other finalists in this year's festival are:

  • Trail Break by Powderwhore, is a beautiful black and white portrait of deep powder skiing in Utah's Wasatch Range.
  • Morning Rituals, in Jackson Hole an undercover ski bum chronicles his daily dawn patrol on Teton Pass. Presented by Chris Dickey of Orange and Purple.
  • Youth, in the Sierra Range of California, filmmaker Corey Rich inspires us to pack up the kids and proves that backcountry skiing can be a family affair.
  • Bolton Valley is the story of how a small Vermont community fought to save their beloved ski area. Winner of "Best Conservation Film" award.
  • Bigger Braver, Alaska based 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. Winner of "Best Short Film" award.
  • Strong, filmmaker and storyteller Fitz Cahall at Duct Tape then Beer reflects about moving forward after a tragic avalanche on Snoqualmie Pass.
  • Poor Man's Heli, in France 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, in Patagonia filmmaker Jason Thompson asks the question; "when you have a dream will you buy the ticket? Will you Take the Ride?"
  • Valhalla from Sweetgrass Productions and winner of the 2013 "Best of Festival," is the tale of one man's search to rediscover the freedom of his youth. Feeling the distant heat of its fire still burning in the mountains of the frozen north, he sets out in search of those tending the flame the untamed, the wild, and the outcast dwelling on the fringe — brief nudity included.

Destined to show at over 100 locations, the 2013-14 Backcountry Film Festival  is coming to a town near you.

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