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Backcountry Film Festival Glides into the Egyptian Theatre

Friday, Nov. 9

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The snowy, silent depths of winter are just around the corner. Skiers and snowboarders are already psyching themselves up for another season on the slopes. Amid all the excitement, the Winter Wildlands Wetlands Alliance would like to remind Boise to enjoy its winter landscapes responsibly—by holding the Backcountry Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.

The festival features seven films celebrating both winter recreation and conservation. Skiing the Void by Sweetgrass Productions won the Best of the Backcountry award and highlights the trust and risk-taking needed during a group of friends' two-year trip through the Andes. Best Grassroots Film-winner Alaska Wilderness Ski Classic by Luc Mehl recounts an epic ski journey through the Alaska wilderness, while Stories of Trust—winner in the Best Environmental Film category—is a 9-year-old activist's plea for environmental conservation produced by the International Trust Campaign.

Audiences can also catch a special cut of Teton Gravity Research's Further, Denali Experiment by The North Face, Freedom Chair and Unicorn Sashimi.

Admission costs $10 and funds raised go toward local efforts to manage winter recreation, provide avalanche and safety training, and fund winter education programs. Winter Wetlands Alliance has been putting the Backcountry Film Festival in Boise since 2005, and this house is always packed.

With topics ranging from protecting natural spaces to visions of a snow-encrusted Japan, this year's event will explore the season's cinematic possibilities while inspiring audiences to get out and have some backcountry adventures of their own.

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