Winter is full of ups and downs so why not celebrate winter and embrace the UP? It’s time to pull on your parka, grab your ski buddies, and celebrate the fun and beauty of winter at the Ninth Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. The ten unique films included in this year’s Backcountry Film Festival will inspire you to embrace the UP. The Backcountry Film Festival will tour to more than 100 showings around the world, including Red Lodge. As part of Red Lodge’s Winter Carnival events, the Beartooth Recreational Trails Association (BRTA) is hosting the Backcountry Film Festival in downtown Red Lodge on Friday, February 28 at the Roman Theater.
The films come from renowned filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work, and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best films.
We encourage you to buy your ticket and take the ride! Come embrace the UP with BRTA and the Winter Wildlands Seventh Annual Backcountry Film Festival. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 14 and under. Tickets will be sold only at the door. Films will begin at approximately 7 pm, after the Red Lodge Winter Carnival Cardboard Classic parade. Snacks and beverages will be available at the Roman Theater. Win prizes from outdoor industry sponsors and local businesses, enjoy great people and support a worthy cause!
The festival was created in 2004 to highlight Winter Wildlands Alliance’s efforts to preserve and promote winter landscapes for human-powered users. From a single showing in Boise that first year, the festival has grown to include showings in locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas to Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Funds raised for the Red Lodge showing will support BRTA. BRTA was organized to continue operations of the Red Lodge Nordic Center and to promote year round non-motorized trail systems along the Beartooth front and Carbon County Montana.
This year’s program includes:
- Valhalla, winner of the 2013 “Best of Festival,” is the tale of one man’s search to rediscover the freedom of his youth. Feeling the distant heat of it’s fire still burning in the mountains of the frozen north, he sets out in search of those tending the flame—the untamed, the wild, and the outcast dwelling on the fringe.
- Trail Break is a beautiful black and white portrait of deep powder skiing.
- Morning Rituals. A day in the life of an undercover ski bum.
- Youth inspires us to pack up the kids and proves that backcountry skiing is a family affair.
- Bolton Valley is the story of how a small community fought to save their beloved ski area. Winner of “Best Conservation Film” award.
- Nokhoi Zeekh: In search of the Wolverine. 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.
- Bigger Braver. A young female athlete who shares her insight into the courage and strength involved in seeking big mountain adventure. Winner of “Best Short Film” award.
- Strong 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.
- Take the Ride asks the question; “when you have a dream will you buy the ticket? Will you Take the Ride?”