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Backcountry Film Festival reset for Friday at GU

Backcountry Film Festival logo from Winter Wildlands Alliance. (Winter Wildlands Alliance)
Backcountry Film Festival logo from Winter Wildlands Alliance. (Winter Wildlands Alliance)

WINTER SPORTS -- The Winter Wildlands Backcountry Film Festival, canceled in February by a storm that closed the school, is rescheduled for Friday at Gonzaga University.

Several winning festival films will be shown at the Jepson Center, Wolfe Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7.

Admission is $5 or $3 for students. Tickets will be available at the door, or in advance through Gonzaga University Outdoors website:
For directions to the Jepson Center, go to
Read on for details about the films.
Winners of the festival this year include:
·         Best of Festival Teton Gravity Research’s “Deeper” follows legendary snowboarder Jeremy Jones and other top riders as they forsake helicopters, snowmobiles and lifts to venture deep into untouched terrain under their own power.
·         Best Short Film, “Desert River” from Sweetgrass Productions, is a beautiful ski adventure into Alaska.
·         Best Environmental Film, “Whitebark Warrior” from TreeFight and Snaz Media, chronicles the decline of thousand-year old whitebark pines due to climate change and efforts underway to save these iconic high alpine trees

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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