EXPLORE: Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

By Beacon Staff

On the eve of spring and summer, it’s nice to whet the outdoor appetite with a few bodacious adventure films. Cue the traveling Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, a collection of independent documentary films that showcase adventure, conservation and the open-air culture. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, a locally based nonprofit dedicated to providing stewardship opportunities in the wilderness, is bringing the film tour to Whitefish, Great Falls and Helena for the seventh consecutive year.

This year’s festival will also feature a sneak preview of “Untrammeled,” a film created in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and inception of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. All proceeds from the screenings go toward keeping trails open in the Bob, engaging youth in life-changing backcountry experiences, and projects that preserve the heart of wilderness.

The tour starts in Whitefish on Thursday, March 20 at the O’Shaughnessy Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. with drinks, food and raffle tickets for a bevy of prizes. Films begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale online at www.bmwf.org, at Rocky Mountain Outfitter and Sportsman & Ski Haus. All shows are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

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