Return to backcountry at film fest |

Return to backcountry at film fest

Winter is upon us, and once again. the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is answering the call.

Wax those skis, tune those boards and gather your friends to celebrate winter at the Backcountry Film Festival at 6 p.m. Friday at the Nevada Theatre. This year, the beauty of backcountry in the winter will be told through the seven unique films included in the eighth annual festival.

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 U.S., Canada and overseas to Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Asia. Funds raised stay in local communities to support like-minded, human-powered recreation efforts and to raise awareness of winter management issues, avalanche training/safety and winter education programs.

This year’s program includes:

* Winner of the Best of the Backcountry award, “Skiing the Void,” from Sweetgrass Productions, is a reflection on taking chances during their two-year odyssey in the Andes.

* 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.

* 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.”

* “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.

* “Denali Experiment” is a look at a different type of expedition film from Camp4Collective.

* From Switchback Entertainment comes “Freedom Chair,” an athlete’s journey back to the slopes and his love of winter.

* “Unicorn Sashimi” from Felt Soul Media highlights the amazing winter snowscapes of Japan

The Backcountry Film Festival will travel to 100 communities around the world with each festival event serving up the best raffle in town, ice cold brews and mountains of winter inspiration.

The Nevada City event is at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the film starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available in advance on for $12 ($10/kids under 13) or at Mountain Recreation or the BriarPatch Co-op. At the door, tickets are $15 ($10/kids under 13). The Nordic Skiers of Nevada County will volunteer at the event. All proceeds from the evening go to local nonprofit Snowlands Network.

For information on the Backcountry Film Festival and the tour, please visit

For information about the Snowlands Network, go to

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