Viva La Nina! Viva The Backcountry Film Festival! If the thought of La Nina returning for a second year to grace us with her wintery presence isn't enough, the folks at Winter Wildlands Alliance have a sure-fire way to get you excited about winter. The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival makes its Portland premiere at the Keen Garage on Thursday January 12, 2012. And whether you are a fan of the backcountry, sidecountry, the Nordic trails or simply hot chocolate by the fire, you won't want to miss this celebration of the winter experience. If you haven't been before, you are in for a treat the raffle is awesome, the beer is cold, puffy jackets run amok, and the films are as diverse as an Oregon landscape. The seventh annual world tour of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival highlights the beauty and fun of the winter backcountry experience. Submissions come from 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 films are juried by a select panel of judges and the top films are assembled into a 90 minute program. The festival was created to highlight Winter Wildlands Alliance's efforts to preserve and conserve winter landscapes for quiet users. The festival travels to more than 75 communities throughout the United States, and then overseas to Antarctica, Europe Australia and Asia. Funds raised stay in local communities to support local human-powered recreation efforts and to raise awareness of winter management issues, avalanche training/ safety and winter education programs.
This year's program includes nine different films including festival award winners "Solitaire" (festival cut) from Sweetgrass Productions, voted Best of Festival. Two years in the making, this film from the wilderness of South America is worth the wait. The Best Short award goes to "Chalk and Ski." Produced by Chris Dicky and Purple Orange LLC, it's a chalk-in-hand daydream about skiing and winter. And the Best of the Backcountry award goes to a "Breaking Trail" (festival cut) from Powderwhore Productions. Known for their amazing ability to capture deep powder and fresh lines, brothers Noah and Jonah Howell remind us why we venture into the backcountry. The Portland event is at the Keen Garage, 926 NW 13th Ave, Suite 160. The event starts at 7pm but come early for beers and an awesome raffle! For more information and tour dates go to www.backcountryfilmfestival.org
926 NW 13th Ave, Suite 210
Portland, OR 97209