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Backcountry Film Festival In Los Alamos Jan. 24

on January 21, 2019 - 5:08pm


Los Alamos is known for its incredible outdoor offerings, and this January, visitors and locals can experience the wonder of the winter outdoor experience on the big screen at the Backcountry Film Festival, taking place Jan. 24 at the Reel Deal Theater.

The Reel Deal Theater, a family owned and operated theater in business since 2003, is an active community partner, frequently hosting fundraisers and giving back to the community. With strong ties to Los Alamos, and a wealth of history in the community, the Reel Deal Theater was recently given the distinction of being included as an Arts & Cultural Institution of the Los Alamos Creative District and will host the 8th Annual Backcountry Film Festival. 

The Festival is sponsored by Century Bank, produced by Winter Wildlands Alliance and benefits the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Its films celebrate the “human-powered experience” in the backcountry sports community, and the event is geared to support local communities, conservation efforts, safety and awareness, and recreation. 

Films at the festival include: Ode to Muir, Teton Gravity Research; Ski the Wild West, Thomas Woodson and Drew Peterson; The Abbey, DPS Cinematic; Human Power: The Backcountry Snowsports Initiative, Philip Huffeldt, Wool Hat Creative; Abandoned: Berthound Pass, The Road West Traveled; Blue, Alyson Nicklas; I Am Here, Modoc Stories, Michael and David Hanson; Surfer Dan, Camp4 Collective; Searching for Christmas Tree, Lie Feng; Westward: Brennan Lagasse, Sam Pope, KGB Productions. 

“If you love mountain adventure, this event is the ultimate inspiration,” said Kelly Stewart, Marketing Manager for Los Alamos County. “To make the experience even more exciting, you’ll be watching with locals who put high-elevation winter recreation into practice at Los Alamos’ Pajarito Mountain, the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the surrounding backcountry trails—especially this winter and our bounty of snow.”

Tickets are on sale now at the Reel Deal Theater. Admission is $12 per person in advance and $15 at the door.

“The Backcountry Film Festival is an incredibly popular event,” said James O’Donnell, owner of Reel Deal Theater. “We encourage everyone to buy their tickets early, as they sell out every year.”  

Raffle tickets will also be available, allowing participants an opportunity to give back and a chance to win incredible prizes, including Sierra Nevada Brewing skis (donated by Pajarito Brewpub); lift tickets to Pajarito Mountain, Taos Ski Valley, and Ski Santa Fe; gift cards to local restaurants; and PEEC shirts and memberships, among other prizes. 

For more information on the Festival, visit

For more information on all there is to see and do in Los Alamos or to plan your visit, go to While in town, stop by the Visitor Center. Beginning March 1, the Los Alamos Visitor Center will reopen in a new and more centralized location at 475 20th St., Suite A, and in the meantime, visitors are encouraged to visit the White Rock Visitor Center.