Backcountry Film Festival Will Inspire Adventurers To Seek Snow Less Traveled

Film clip from Backcountry Film Festival. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up again to bring the popular Backcountry Film Festival to Los Alamos for a fourth year in a row.

Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening at the Reel Deal at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, will be the only one in New Mexico.

The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling beer and wine before the show and at intermission. Also at intermission PEEC will have a raffle for prizes, including items donated by local businesses the Los Alamos Cooperative Market, CB FOX, Fusion Multisport, and the Reel Deal Theater, as well as national sponsors Yak Trax, Ambler, Mountain Khakis, Point 6, and Winter Wildlands Alliance.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Reel Deal Theater for $12, or at the door on the day of the show for $15. As in years past, the film festival is expected to sell out, so advance purchase tickets are recommended.

The Backcountry Film Festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films – from well-known filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work, to first-timers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions. This year’s program features the following nine short films, aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled:

  • Winner, Best of Festival, Out on a Limb from T-bar Films, tells the story of Vasu, who’s love for skiing and the backcountry overcomes all obstacles. 
  • Best of the Backcountry Award winner, Powder Pilgrimage from Joey Howell, chronicles the ventures of two friends ski-bumming it to Valdez, Alaska, a trip we should all take once.
  • Best Grassroots Film winner, Backcountry Baker by Jeremy Lurgio, follows Labrador retriever Baker and his owner as they pursue their love of mountains through backcountry skiing.
  • From the Road by 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 by Doglotion Media follows brothers Andy and Mike Traslin as they keep the torch lit for 95 months of winter turns.
  • IRS Traverse by filmmaker Luc Mehl is 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.

For more information about the Backcountry Film Festival and the tour, visit www.backcountryfilmfestival.org. To learn about the local screening, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org.

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