December 9, 2013

HCCA Presents Backcountry Film Festival this Friday at Center for the Arts


The High Country Citizens’ Alliance is showing the 9th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts this Friday, December 13th.  

Celebrating the “human-powered” backcountry experience through film, the Backcountry Film Festival simultaneously entertains and raises funds and awareness for Winter Wildlands Alliance and like-minded local partners like HCCA. Check out this year’s line-up and our ticket giveaway below (we’re stoked for another chance to check out Valhalla):

2013-14 Backcountry Film Festival Line Up:

Best of Festival: Valhalla from Sweetgrass Productions is the tale of one man’s search to rediscover the freedom of his youth.

Best Conservation Film: Bolton Valley from Red Reel Production is the story of how a small community fought to save their beloved ski area.

Best Short:  Bigger, Braver. Filmmaker Luc Mehl turns the camera on a young female athlete who shares her insight into the courage and strength involved in seeking big mountain adventure.

Local Matt Evans went up to BC to film with Sweetgrass for "Valhalla". Photo: Sweetgrass Productions

Local Matt Evans went up to BC to film with Sweetgrass for “Valhalla”. Photo: Sweetgrass Productions

Other films include:

  • Trail Break from Powderwhore is a beautiful black and white portrait of deep powder skiing.
  • Morning Rituals, a day in the life of an undercover ski bum.  Presented by Chris Dickey of Orange and Purple.
  • Youth, from filmmaker Corey Rich, inspires us to pack up the kids and proves that backcountry skiing is a family affair.
  • Nokhoi Zeekh: In search of the Wolverine, from filmmaker Forrest McCarthy.  Five Americans set off on a month-long ski expedition through northern Mongolia to document one of the world’s most iconic but least-known winter species
  • Strong from filmmaker and storyteller Fitz Cahall at Duct Tape then Beer captures Roger Strong’s reflections about moving forward after a tragic avalanche.
  • Poor Man’s Heli, skier Antoine Boisselier thinks outside the skin track and comes up with a new and unique way to the top of the mountain.  From Mike Douglas at Switchback Entertainment.
  • Take the Ride, from filmmakers Jason Thompson and Drew Stoecklein, asks, “When you have a dream will you buy the ticket, will you Take the Ride?”

We will be doing a ticket giveaway through Facebook and Instagram.  Post a photo taken skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry with the hashtags #westelkproject #HCCA and #backcountryfilmfestival to our Facebook or Instagram. We will have 1 randomly selected winner from entries (more photos = more chances) and one West Elk Project Staff Pick winner. We tend to judge by radness. Each winner will get 2 tickets.  Winners will be announced Friday morning in our Contest Gallery.

You can buy tickets for $10 in advance at Rumor’s Coffee and Tea House at 414 Elk or at the door. Raffle tickets are $5 for one ticket, $7 for two tickets, $10 for 4 tickets, and available at the door.

Doors open at 7pm at the Center for the Arts, screening starts at 7:30 pm. 

Take a second to watch the Backcountry Film Festival’s trailer:

2013 Winter Wildlands Alliance Back Country Film Festival Trailer from Backcountry Film Festival on Vimeo.

About the Author

2. Will Dujardin
Will Dujardin is our content editor at West Elk Project. He competes in big mountain competitions and coaches the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team. Skiing is his life and he likes to mix it with other fun things like DH mountain biking and traveling.