North Valley Mountain Film Festival 2012 announces diverse lineup

By Contributor
February 22nd, 2012

It takes a special kind of person to climb and ski two million vertical feet in 266 days.

Revelstoke-based ski mountaineer Greg Hill drops by as a special guest presenter at the sixth annual North Valley Mountain Film Festival on Saturday, March 3 in New Denver.

One of the world’s most accomplished ski-touring endurance athletes, Hill shares his tale about this ultimate achievement in 2010.

In addition, the Festival promises another amazing lineup of mostly local films and photography that will inspire and awe the audience. Mark it on your calendars and see you at the Bosun Hall!

The Festival audience will find local flavour in films such as Crossing Over: The Art of Jeremy Down.

This beautiful film by Mike Bernard is a remarkable account of a local artist’s near drowning experience on Slocan Lake and how it changed his perspective on his art and life. Local youth and up-and-coming videographers Yoan Shandro-Gosselin (Young and at ‘Er’) and Quade Nicholson-Chodat (Snow Daze) will debut their ski films.

A couple of alumni presenters this year including kayaking film guru Carl Jacks returns with the world premier of Deep Runs the Canyon, the culmination of his efforts to document our local canyons to prevent them from becoming hydroelectric projects.

Audience members will look forward to two wildlife photography presentations: one by Festival favourite, Jim Lawrence returning with Kootenay Wild II, and a second by local presenter Jesse Schpakowski. 

Mountain biking is well-represented in the lineup this year as New Denver resident Gary Parkstrom presents Songlines – a film that highlights the riding of local Councillor Nadine Raynolds through Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Jesse Schpakowski brings us a second slideshow featuring the talents of New Denver mountain bikers Atli and Rylan Bokstrom, Max Bonazo and another local Councillor, Dave Hodsall.

Three more diverse films include: Surge Freerun by Liam Barnes and Justin Zimmer, a high-energy tour through Rossland featuring two parkour athletes; Mt Assiniboine a mountain heritage film by Juerg Martig; and Our Bus by Burton resident Jo Anne Alaric, a funny yet poignant look at living in a remote mountain community.

Tickets for the Festival can be purchased at Silverton Building Supplies and Rutabaga’s in New Denver.

The event typically sells out, so get your tickets in advance ($5 to $15 sliding scale; children under 10 are free). This year’s event is a fundraiser for the North Slocan Trails Society, so proceeds from ticket sales will benefit local trails. 

In addition, a raffle will be held, and popcorn, pizza and goodies by Christopher Love will be available at concession.

There will also be a Viewers’ Choice Award this year! Don’t’ forget to vote for your favourite movies.

The North Valley Mountain Film Festival organizing committee would like to thank everyone for their submissions this year, and once again, we thank the community for their interest and support.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.. See you at the Festival!

Inspired by our mountain culture here in the North Slocan, a handful of local adventurers and wilderness lovers have been organizing the North Valley Mountain Film Festival. This festival is inspired by what drew, and keeps, many of us here: the lake, mountains, wilderness, adventure, and simple healthy living. We seek to showcase a mix of professional and home-grown productions to bring awe, laughter, intrigue, and discussion to the community. We feature shows from local to regional, and sometimes from a little farther afield. Based in New Denver, it is now an annual event thanks to community interest and support, and a committed group of volunteers.

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