Backcountry Film Festival returns as "Ski Stoke"

James Wilson
Sports Editor
stokeSelections from the Winter Wildlands Backcountry Film Festival will return to the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy for the third year in a row Thursday, Jan. 23. In the previous two years the selection has traveled to Quincy, both shows sold out.

The success of previous years’ shows prompted Feather River College’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership program to hold the fundraiser again this year. In addition to ticket sales ($8 per adult and $3 per student), libations and treats will be available in the theatre’s lobby prior to the show.

The ORL department will also hold a drawing. One lucky winner will walk away with a brand new pair of Chi skis, crafted by Dana Fenimore, of Genesee. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

The Winter Wildlands Alliance, an organization that aims to protect winter wildlands for snow sport enthusiasts, started the Backcountry Film Festival nine years ago in Boise, Idaho.

This year selections from the latest festival will be seen in more than 100 towns and cities across the nation. Quincy’s showing will be one of only six showings in California.

Last year, seven films were screened at the showing, while this year there will be 10. Each film is geared toward a broader audience, so people of all sorts can enjoy the presentation.

The film that won Best of Festival is “Valhalla,” from Sweetgrass Productions. The film explores rediscovering the freedom of youth through backcountry skiing and features breathtaking cinematography of British Columbia and Alaska.

“Bolton Valley” won Best Conservation Film with the touching story of a small community fighting to save its ski area.

The film “Bigger, Braver” by Luc Mehl won Best Short for its inside look at Erica Madison’s preparation to embark on a backcountry ski trip from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Skagway, Alaska.

Seven other films range in filming location, artistic style and plot. The variety of films presented help make the festival’s selections well-rounded and entertaining.

The festival is put on by the ORL department with the support from Plumas Arts and the Feather River College Foundation. This is one of the ORL program’s largest fundraisers of the year.


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