Banks Mag Hosts Film Festival

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The ruffians at Banks Mag are at it again. If you've never heard of them, it's probably because you're not a boater. And that is perfectly all right. Boating snobs they are not. Fun-loving, van-living, intelligent pursuers of big water they are ... just a bunch of dudes and dudettes who get off on jumping headlong into the Gem State's crazy huge springtime waters.

Perhaps the region's most grassroots and informal publication, Banks Mag represents a group of Idahoans who take the thrill of white water pursuits to the highest level. Unfortunately, such endeavors come with a limited financial upside, making events like the Banks Mag fundraiser at the Basque Center imperative to their existence.

Members from the Idaho-based semi-annual rag hosted a mini film festival April 30 to help raise funds to publish their seventh edition this summer. The crowd was lively, and the collective passion of the audience and emcees was palpable. Several films were shown, including many high-end samples from Idaho boaters, excerpts from the Reel Paddling Festival and a fresh trifecta of elite productions by Forge Motion Pictures—makers of the critically acclaimed Wild Water film.

Banks Mag's Ryan Bailey is stoked to get back into the swing of things with the publication and the spring season.

"We are trying to get some money together for our next magazine, kick the paddling season off and get people fired up," said Bailey.

And not a moment too soon. According to Bailey, conditions are great at the moment for advanced boaters, but less favorable for other users.

"If you're a rafter or a swimmer it's probably a bad idea to hit the rivers when they are this high, but if you're a kayaker it's pretty much a powder day right now," Bailey said.

Keep an eye out for Banks Mag's next edition summer of 2012.

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