Backcountry Film Festival

January 24 & 25, 2020 | 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Doors open at 6 PM, Program starts at 7 PM
January 24: Big Grove Brewery Taproom in Iowa City
January 25: Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids

Tickets now available!

2020 Film Lineup

Cody Townsend has embarked on an audacious goal to ski all of the lines chronicled in “The Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America.” This documentary follows Townsend as he climbs and skis two of the most challenging lines in the book. Joined by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones, the crew sets out for an adventure rife with challenge, exhaustion, steeps, and a little bit of schadenfreude.

Some people channel their angst for an upcoming wedding into the slot machines in Las Vegas. Others raft a remote river in search of ski lines. Can’t Ski Vegas follows a crew of skiers as they withdraw into the wild and ski lines in northern Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. Without distractions, cell service, or emails, the friends invest in the purposeful time of being together.

Ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich understands why only 11 percent of the people standing on the world’s tallest summits are women. In this world of technical ascents, women encounter barriers to belonging—not to mention how hard it is to find gear in a woman’s size. Last spring, Gleich climbed Mount Everest, and by documenting her journey, she invites women to join her in overcoming the challenges of mountaineering.

Artist Nikki Frumkin balances chaos, power, and beauty in her watercolor paintings of the Pacific Northwest’s most dramatic mountain ranges, breathing a new life and sense of wonder into landscapes cherished by all.

Norwegian pro skier Nikolai Schirmer launches a winter-long project to ski with a lower carbon footprint. Joined by friends Krister Kopala and Eirik Verlo, Schirmer sets off into the darkness of Norwegian winter.

A group of splitboarders explore the snow-capped mountains of the Mapuche ancestral lands. Guided by a member of the Mapuche, the group learns about the ancient bonds tied to these mountains.

In the Alps, a group of kids learn how to ski off piste, read different types of terrain, and approach the mountain with confidence. This ski movie is about individuality in a mountain setting.

This is a documentary that explores how climate change is affecting the lives of the mushers and dogs who travel in Denali National Park, Alaska.

This documentary follows a few Vermonters who are working in the mountains to make the backcountry more sustainable, safe, and accessible for all who wish to enjoy it.

Filmmaker and skier Sawyer Thomas follows the path of John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, through Yellowstone and the Tetons.

2020 Speaker: Kelly Teeselink

Kelly Teeselink is an avid trail and ultrarunner who lives Iowa City. She started running in 2010 using the Couch to 5k plan and now trains and competes in trail ultramarathons across the country. She has completed countless 50ks, seven 50-miler races, one 100k, and five 100-mile races. She most recently ran Superior 100, a 103.3 race with over 21,000 feet of climb on the Superior Hiking Trail in Northern Minnesota. She placed first female and 12th overall, running the race in 25 hours and 23 minutes.

Like many, running helped shift the way Kelly viewed her body from focusing on what it looked like to what her body could do and accomplish. She is lucky enough to help share that message with young girls as executive director of Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa. She is also the founder/co-leader of Iowa City Trail Sisters, a running group with the goal of getting more women on trails.

January 24 & 25, 2020

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Doors open at 6 PM, Program starts at 7 PM

January 24: Big Grove Brewery Taproom in Iowa City

January 25: Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids

Spend an evening at the Nature Center (or Big Grove Brewery’s Iowa City Taproom) as we host the Winter Wildland Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, a compilation of films that celebrate the human-powered experience through winter adventures.

Expect to be inspired to get outdoors! Win raffle prizes, grab a beer and popcorn and watch ten short films that feature outdoor sports in beautiful places around the world.

Fees: $20

Thank you to our Sponsors

 2019 Raffle Prizes*

  • Lift tickets for Sundown Mountain Ski Resort and Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort
  • Hats from Nature Freak
  • Snowshoes and gift cards from Scheels
  • Patagonia Day Pack from Active Endeavors (Iowa City showing)
  • Flashlight from Kieck’s Career Apparel & Uniform
  • And more!

Must be present to win. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 at the event. You can choose the specific items for which you put your tickets into the running. All items, in variation, will be at the Big Grove and ICNC showing. 

*2020 Raffle Prizes coming soon!
Concerts at the Creek
Nature’s Noel