This Mountain Life is Saturday’s feature film. File photo

Fernie Mountain Film Festival this weekend

The Radicals, This Mountain Life to headline Fernie Mountain Film Festival Feb. 22-24

Films chosen for this year’s Fernie Mountain Film Festival (FMFF) don’t shy away from the big issues and promise to be both thought-provoking, and inspiring.

FMFF returns to the Community Centre from February 22-23 for two nights of film and photography inspired by mountain cultures, the environment and adventure.

Friday’s feature film The Radicals is a documentary that follows four snowboarders and surfers driven to become social and environmental stewards through their connection with the environments in which they play.

Several other films carry an environmental message, including Fall Adventures by Accelerate Kootenays, a clean transportation initiative, and The Kingdom – A Conservation Story, a short film by Matthew K. Firpo, which looks at climate change through the eyes of a forest caretaker in Bhutan.

FMFF Director Brian Bell said the selection committee strives to pick films that meet FMFF’s mandate to promote filmmakers who raise awareness of mountain cultures, fragile environments, and the passion and perseverance of global explorers.

“Many films are submitted to our selection committee but others we seek out and ask if we can show them,” he said.

“We try to select a range of films – some adrenaline-fueled for sure but also some thoughtful, inspiring, and films that portray true mountain culture.

“We like to highlight many mountain adventure sports as well – there are enough ski videos shown elsewhere.”

Also showing Friday are short films Unreal Speedflying in Europe, Home – Mountains Matter, RJ Ripper, Viacruxis, Refuge in the Rockies, 8000+ and The Shadow Campaign/Snowflake.

Audiences will be familiar with Saturday’s feature film, This Mountain Life.

Fernie woman Martina Halik stars in the documentary, which weaves together stories of people living and playing in the mountains of British Columbia.

Martina and her mom Tania completed a six-month ski traverse along the Coast Mountain Range in 2017, covering 2300 kilometres of treacherous terrain from Squamish to Skagway, Alaska..

Also showing on Saturday are Fall Adventures, Fledglings, The Kingdom – A Conservation Story, Expensive Membership and The A.O. – In the Zone.

There are several other East Kootenay links in this year’s FMFF line up.

Home – Mountains Matter was shot in the Crowsnest Pass and produced by local man Ben Campbell, while Refuge in the Rockies focuses on a refugee resettled in Kimberley, B.C., and his Paralympic dreams.

Local photographers will also shine at this year’s FMFF, which will feature a “story behind the image” segment on both nights.

Students completing the Mountain Adventure Skills Training program provide most of the manpower for FMFF every year and will serve up gourmet tacos for the Mountain Social from 6-7 p.m. both nights before the films start at 7 p.m.

Tickets to FMFF cost $15 per night or $25 for an all access pass, while children 15 and under are free.

They can be purchased at the College of the Rockies Fernie campus, online at Ferniefilmfestival.com or at the door.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

The Radicals is Friday’s feature film. Source: Facebook

Just Posted

Whitehorse native Elias joins Michigan-Dearborn Wolverines

Johnny Elias played for the Fernie Ghostriders this past season

EDITORIAL: Editor bids farewell

Editor Paige Mueller will be leaving The Free Press team at the end of July

Aislinn Dressler competes in 2020 Youth Innovation Showcase

Dressler was a finalist at the showcase, exhibiting her energy efficient fridge design

Stories decorate city pathways for new reading initiative

The Fernie Women’s Resource Centre began the initiative in support of the local early years community

QUIZ: How much do you know about British Columbia?

On this B.C. Day long weekend, put your knowledge of our province to the test

B.C. records 146 new COVID-19 cases through long weekend

More that 28 people tested positive for the virus each day since Friday

Canucks tame Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even NHL qualifying series

J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with goal and an assist

COVID-19 vaccine efforts provide hope but no silver bullet to stop pandemic: Tam

There are more than two dozen vaccines for COVID-19 in clinical trials around the world

Interior Health reports nine new cases of COVID-19, 149 linked to Kelowna

Nine new cases were reported in the Interior Health region over the long weekend’s four reporting periods

Two people die in propane heated outdoor shower near Princeton

Couple was attending a long weekend gathering

Study shines light on what makes LGBTQ+ youth feel safe in a community

The study goes beyond looking at school or family supports

Alberta to require masks at schools this fall, but still no mandate in B.C.

B.C. students are also set to return to classrooms in September

Feds fund $2M for habitat conservation in the Kootenays

Kootenay Connect program to protect habitat for species at risk in four areas in the region

B.C. to allow customers to buy cannabis online for in-store pickup at private shops

Age verification will still be required inside the store

Most Read