Backcountry Film Festival coming to town Saturday


By Morgan Anderson

Special to The PREVIEW

The 13th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will show in Pagosa Springs on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. All proceeds will benefit The Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) Conservation Department. Through advocacy and stewardship, CMC Conservation works to preserve and enhance human-powered recreation in balance with natural resource conservation on Colorado’s public lands. 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. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization that partners with groups like the CMC 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. Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture — you’ll 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. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and films begin at 7 p.m. Admission for CMC members is $12 and for nonmembers is $15. Tickets are available online at or at the door.