Jumbo Wild, a Documentary About Saving Wilderness from a Ski Resort, Screens in Boise March 15 

click to enlarge The documentary by Sweetgrass Productions and Patagonia screens at Idaho Mountain Touring on Tuesday, March 15. - JUMBO WILD, SWEETGRASS PRODUCTIONS AND PATAGONIA
  • Jumbo Wild, Sweetgrass Productions and Patagonia
  • The documentary by Sweetgrass Productions and Patagonia screens at Idaho Mountain Touring on Tuesday, March 15.

Jumbo Wild
would have been the perfect addition to the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, said Keili Bell, events and outreach coordinator for the Boise-based nonprofit. But it wasn't meant to be. 

Every year, WWA curates a series of short films that incorporate winter landscapes, conservation and human powered recreation, then tours the films all over the world. The Backcountry Film Festival always premieres in Boise, first. 

"It was a huge bummer that we couldn't get Jumbo Wild into the Backcountry Film Fest," Bell said. "It is exactly the message that we carry."

Bell knew about the documentary for more than a year, when it was still just an idea between Sweetgrass Productions and Patagonia. But the film wasn't finished until five days after Bell had to have the film fest's DVD rendered. It was too late.

"I've been in contact with the whole crew," Bell said. "We finally said, 'Hey, let's bring it to Boise.' I'm surprised no one else brought it here first."

On Tuesday, March 15, outdoor and environmental enthusiasts of Boise will have the chance to see the hour-long documentary at Idaho Mountain Touring at 7:30 p.m. The film is part politics, part activism and part adventure, as it showcases the 30-year-long battle to save British Columbia's iconic Jumbo Valley from the development of a large-scale ski resort. 

The proposed ski resort would cut through a beloved backcountry ski and snowboard destination, ground that is sacred to the local First Nations people and one of the last grizzly bear corridors in North America.

Despite a few late-season inches of snow coating the mountains, the warm spring weather is taking many recreationists' attention away from ski season. Bell said she doesn't think that will stop people from enjoying this film.

"There are some sweet powder shots in there, but really, the storyline is about the potential development of a big glacial valley in Canada," she said. "It touches on the big question of wilderness and development in our society today. How do we help people connect with and get a love for our wilderness spaces and still keep them wild?"

With the snow sports and backpacking section of Idaho Mountain Touring cleared, IMT can fit up to 180 people for the film screening. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., Odell will sponsor the beer and WWA has put together some sweet raffles. Tickets for the documentary are $5 and proceeds go to WWA.

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