Telluride Films Come to Whitefish

By Beacon Staff

Here’s an interesting weekday event for all the film and outdoor enthusiasts:

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and preserving the trail system and wilderness values in that area, is bringing the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival to the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish on Thursday, April 16. Proceeds from the event will help fund volunteer projects to help care for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

The doors of the O’Shaughnessy Center will open at 6 p.m. with the first film beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets for the festival can be purchased in advance at the White Room Mountain Shop in Whitefish (863-7666) and Rocky Mountain Outfitter in Kalispell (752-2446) for $12. Tickets are available at the door for $15, but this festival has sold out in the past so buying early is recommended.

Each year, selections from the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival are taken on the road to reach audiences who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance to experience the festival. These films display themes of adventure, mountaineering, remarkable personalities and environmental and social messages and are presented in-person by Mountainfilm ambassadors.

Some of the films this year include: “Presence: 40 Days in Greenland,” “Losing the Elephants,” “Picking and Trimming,” and “Sponsor Me Jake.” For more information on Mountainfilm, you can visit their Web site at www.mountainfilm.org.

Drinks and appetizers will also be available for purchase courtesy of Big Sky Brewing and Simple Chef Catering. Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening and raffle tickets will be for sale and will be drawn at intermission. Raffle prizes include an Orvis Fly-rod donated by Spotted Bear Ranch, lodging at Izaak Walton Inn, day ride with Snowy Springs Outfitters, gear from Patagonia, Osprey Packs and much more.