Backcountry Film Festival 

Nothing really brings that dying-for-the-first-big-snowfall ache more than being reminded of the adrenaline rush and the awe-inspiring beauty of a winter playground landscape. The Backcountry Film Festival makes a stop in Boise this week and is guaranteed to serve as that reminder.

Movies by everyone from amateur filmmakers to pros are represented. Included in the lineup is Deeper from Teton Gravity Research. It won Best of Festival and features boarder Jeremy Jones in a quest for untouched terrain. Other highlights include Best Short Film Desert River from Sweetgrass Productions and Whiteback Warrior from TreeFight and Snaz Media about the decline of whitebark pines due to climate change and what's being done to save these iconic alpine trees. Whiteback Warrior won Best Environmental Film.

The Backcountry Film Festival was started in 2005 by the Winter Wildlands Alliance in an effort to raise awareness and funds to help showcase and preserve our country's winter environments. Proceeds from the festival will do just that. So soak up the scenery, heed the entertaining message of preservation and donate a little cash to a worthy cause.

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