One-night film fest a benefit for Clean Water initiatives and the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument

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One-night film fest a benefit for Clean Water initiatives and the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument

The West Virginia Rivers Coalition is hosting the famed Backcountry Film Festival in Shepherdstown, February 13. The one-evening festival takes place at 7pm in the auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Legislative Studies Center on the campus of Shepherd University.

The festival features stunning footage of snowy peaks and high-country adventure, and moving stories of people who have found meaning and answers to life’s questions by spending time in the quiet, cold snow of the backcountry. There will also be raffles and door prizes provided by local businesses, including brunch for four at the Bavarian Inn; a one-day bicycle rental for two from Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle; and lift tickets and other giveaways from Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

Domestic will offer special draft beer prices all night, and host an after-film gathering featuring music by The Sunrise Review.

The festival will open with a special airing of a segment from the television series This American Land, featuring a short film on the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument proposal championed by the Rivers Coalition, WV Trout Unlimited, theWest Virginia Wilderness Coalition, and others.

WVRC is teaming up with national festival organizer the Winter Wildlands Alliance, a nonprofit organization that works to preserve winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands. With the West Virginia River Coalition’s 25-year history as the conservation voice for paddlers in West Virginia, we are particularly excited to work with a group dedicated to winter outdoor recreation.

Tickets are $5 advance and on sale now at

Festival Lineup

Best of Festival: Valhalla from Sweetgrass Productions is the tale of one man’s search to rediscover the freedom of his youth.

Best Conservation Film: Bolton Valley from Red Reel Production is the story of how a small community fought to save their beloved ski area.

Best Short: Bigger, Braver. Filmmaker Luc Mehl turns the camera on a young female athlete who shares her insight into the courage and strength involved in seeking big mountain adventure.

Other films include:

Trail Break from Powderwhore is a beautiful black and white portrait of deep powder skiing.

Morning Rituals, a day in the life of an undercover ski bum. Presented by Chris Dickey of Orange and Purple.

Youth, from filmmaker Corey Rich, inspires us to pack up the kids and proves that backcountry skiing is a family affair.

Nokhoi Zeekh: In search of the Wolverine, from filmmaker Forrest McCarthy. Five Americans set off on a month-long ski expedition through northern Mongolia to document one of the world’s most iconic but least-known winter species.

Strong from filmmaker and storyteller Fitz Cahall at Duct Tape then Beer captures Roger Strong’s reflections about moving forward after a tragic avalanche.

Poor Man’s Heli, skier Antoine Boisselier thinks outside the skin track and comes up with a new and unique way to the top of the mountain. From Mike Douglas at Switchback Entertainment.

Take the Ride, from filmmakers Jason Thompson and Drew Stoecklein, asks,, “When you have a dream will you buy the ticket, will you Take the Ride?”

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