Backcountry Film Festival
Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Place: Durango Arts Center
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 (doors open at 7:00)
Cost: $12 for DNS members and $15 for non-members (tickets will be available as of January 2019)
This film festival focuses mostly on winter and the backcountry. Durango Nature Studies is a member of the Winter Wildlands Alliance because of our educational snowshoe programs. This partnership allows us to host the Backcountry Film Festival each year. We are now going on our 6th year bringing the Backcountry Film Festival to Durango. These films will make you inspired by winter. They’ll also remind young naturalists of the many sports they can do when they love being outside.
ODE TO MUIR: Teton Gravity Research – Our exclusive Festival cut of Ode To Muir speaks the entire feature-length film as professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect Our Winters Jeremy Jones joins forces with two-time Olympian Elena Hight to embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness.
SKI THE WILD WEST: In 2017 Drew Petersen sought to ski the 11 highest peaks in the American West on one epic road trip. Accompanied by filmmaker and Winter Wildlands Alliance Ambassador, Thomas Woodson, this film is sure to be a pleasant walk down memory lane for anyone who has adventured throughout the West.
THE ABBEY: DPS Cinematic – A spiritual view into any snowbird’s head waiting for the season to start.
THE BACKCOUNTRY SNOWSPORTS INITIATIVE: In this upbeat, Sunday morning op-ed of a short film we learn about the human-powered recreation advocacy organization, the Backcountry Snowsports Initiative, and their annual hut trip near Leadville, Colorado where they host a variety of stakeholders to ski, cook, and talk about winter recreation policy.
ABANDONED: Another exclusive Festival cut focusing on Berthoud Pass, a crew of backcountry skiers set out to explore Colorado’s lost ski areas hopes to find adventure amongst the ruins.
BLUE: Blue is a testament to the inherent creativity, innovation and strength forged in women of the north. In it we present a spectacle of winter innovation—the icy playground providing a visual journey as never seen before by bike.
I AM HERE: “My parents never even thought about climbing a mountain.” Yesenia grew up living in a small farmer’s cabin in the apple orchards of Oregon’s Hood River Valley. Watch Yesi’s journey to climb Mount St. Helens, pursue her own American dream, and inspire Latinx outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.
SURFER DAN: Beyond the tale of his frosted beard, this is a story about Dan Schetter’s passion for surfing and how he credits the sport to saving his life.
SEARCHING FOR CHRISTMAS TREE: A university teacher looking to break free from a life of routine in China and a mysterious frozen waterfall that no one knows the whereabouts, spins this story of seemingly futile quests and ultimately transcending climb.
WESTWARD: BRENNAN LAGASSE: An important message from Winter Wildlands Alliance Ambassador, educator and athlete, Brennan Lagasse, on the significance and the impact of the backcountry.
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