Monday, November 28, 2011

Backcountry Film Festival at EOU

When: Thursday, January 19th @ 7pm

Where: EOU Campus, Badgley Hall, Huber Auditorium

All Students FREE Admission - Non-students $5 at the door - Raffle prizes include backcountry guidebooks, shovels, probes, magazine subscriptions and more. Raffle tickets are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.

The Mountaineers Books are a sponsor of the Backcountry Film Festival and are giving away two copies of the latest backcountry ski & snowboard guidebook. Click here to enter to win the Mountaineers Book Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Oregon (2011) by Christopher Van Tilburg.

Wallowa Avalanche Center presents pre-film Avalanche Awareness Program @5pm

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.

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