Northwest Winter Film Festival and After-party 

Friday, Sept. 30, at the Egyptian Theatre

These days, most folks are inspired by freestyle skiing and less interested in racing the clock through gates down manicured slopes. Modern freestyle skiing resembles its counterculture cousin--snowboarding--with massive jumps, acrobatic aerial maneuvers and sideways handrail slides.

On Friday, Sept. 30, the Egyptian Theatre is hosting the Northwest Film Festival, which showcases four new movies from big names in the industry. After Dark, the newest installment from Level 1 Productions, was filmed entirely at night under high-powered lights, creating visually stunning perspectives. The Level 1 crew filmed in exotic locales such as Japan and Russia but also kicked it closer to home in Sun Valley.

Inspired Films' Retallack was filmed in the Selkirk Mountains in Canada, which receive up to 40 feet of annual snowfall. Named after the area's Retallack Lodge, the movie focuses more on the powdery, backcountry side of the sport.

Highlighting the urban, rail-sliding aspect of freestyle skiing, Stept Productions' Weight was filmed in Boston and Chicago, where concrete is king and much less forgiving than four feet of powder. Filmed mostly in Montana, Set Your Sights by Toy Soldier Productions features freestyle skiers and snowboarders side-by-side.

The Northwest Winter Film Festival will feature music from DJ Hathbanger, athlete autograph signings, raffles, product tosses and giveaways. For a chance to win tickets visit and click on "Promo." At the 21-and-older after party at Tom Grainey's, hang out with the 44 North Vodka and BW Street Team where the ladies will be handing out swag and samples of 44 North Vodka. The after-party is free with a NWFF ticket stub and $5 without.

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