Backcountry Film Festival coming to Mount Shasta

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
An image from the video trailer for the Winter Wildlands Alliance's Backcountry Film Festival 2017-2018 National Tour, which will be showing in Mount Shasta Jan. 13 as a fundraiser for the Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization. The video can be seen at: https://vimeo.com/234772972

The 13th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is scheduled to show on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Community Building on Alder Street in Mount Shasta.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; the films begin at 7 p.m. Beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will be available, as well as raffle prizes tailored to the ski community.

All proceeds from the event, according to a press release, will benefit the Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization and its programs and services at the Nordic Center.

The Backcountry Film Festival is produced by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snow sports community.

Mount Shasta is one of more than 100 cities on the Film Festival’s list of tour locations.

As stated in the release, Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national non-profit organization that partners with groups like Mt. Shasta Nordic at the local level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for their winter landscapes. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs and to raise awareness of winter management issues.

Backcountry Film Festival’s award-winning lineup features adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, and ski culture – patrons will find it all in this award-winning lineup. Films in this year’s program include:

• The Space Within, DPS Skis Cinematic, 5 minutes, 28 seconds.

• Ruth Gorge, Noah Howell, 8 minutes, 1 second.

• Below 0, Itai Hagage, 4 minutes, 54 seconds.

• The End of Snow, Jane Zelikova and Morgan Heim, 20 minutes, 35 seconds.

• Follow Through, Anya Miller and Becca Cahall, 21 minutes, 48 seconds.

• Genesis, Ben Sturgulewski and Dan Pizza, 5 minutes, 50 seconds.

• Idaho 12ver Project, Mark Ortiz, 12 minutes, 10 seconds.

• Adventure Not War, Max Lowe, 7 minutes, 35 seconds.

Advance admission price is $15; tickets at the door are $20 each; children ages 10 and under pay $5. Advance tickets are available at The Fifth Season in Mount Shasta, (530) 926-3606.

The Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting community health and well-being by providing groomed cross-country ski trails and programs for a diverse population on the slopes of majestic Mount Shasta.

For more information contact MSNSO Executive Director Jenna Kane at jennakane@mtshastanordic.org