From canine friends to outdoor adventure to an Oscar win, there are several upcoming film events that will make it worth taking a seat.
First up is the Bow Wow Film Festival with two screenings on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Avalon Theatre.
Next is the Backcountry Film Festival screened on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the KAFM Radio Room.
That will be followed by the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour with different film lineups for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22–23, at the Avalon.
And a little farther down the road is Indies at the Avalon, a five-week film series beginning Wednesday, March 11, with “Parasite,” which recently won best picture at the Academy Awards.
Attending a film festival or series, is kind of like taking a chance, said Susan Kelley, founder of the Bow Wow Film Festival.
You might have a lineup of films with descriptions beforehand, or you might not, but you do know you’re in for a community experience sharing stories and emotions, Kelley said.
With Bow Wow, it’s a way to support a cause. “Supporting Roice-Hurst (Humane Society) is a big part of why people come to this festival,” Kelley said.
While Bow Wow’s 90-minutes of short films are focused on the relationship between dogs and people, there will be one “gratuitous” cat film, she said.
“It’s fantastic,” Kelley said. And besides, “dogs wouldn’t be what they are without cats.”
Film festivals also are about inspiration as well as catharsis, said Barb Bowman with the Rotary Club of Grand Junction, which is hosting the Banff film festival and funds raised during the event will be given back to the community by the club.
“The people are amazing who participate in these films,” she said.
Their stories, the beautiful locations, what viewers can learn as well as the “ings” — “ings” are hiking, biking, kayaking, running, base jumping, climbing and so on — combine to create “such as positive, inspiring evening,” she said.
With Banff there are films from around the world, as well as from our own back yard, Bowman said.
“Life of Pie” featuring Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller, owners of The Hot Tomato in Fruita, will be shown both days of the festival.
“The Long River Home” in Sunday’s lineup, follows Colorado veterans on a river trip in the Grand Canyon.
Each film event has its own flavor — Backcountry is focused on “snowy, cinematic adventure,” and Indies at the Avalon offers feature-length films less likely to hit most theaters — allowing you to choose the one (or more) that suits your interests.
“It’s a great way to spend a couple hours,” Kelley said.
BOW WOW FILM FESTIVAL
This dog-themed, short film festival will be shown at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St. Doors open an hour before screen time.
Advance tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. Tickets purchased the day of the festival will cost $20 for adults, $8 for children 12 and younger.
Proceeds from this festival will go to the Roice-Hurst Humane Society.
BACKCOUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL
This screening of a collection of short films is hosted by the Colorado Mountain Club and produced by the Winter Wildlands Alliance.
It will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $12 for club members, $15 for nonmembers and can be purchased through bitly/bcffgrandjunction.
“Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture — you’ll find it all in this award-winning lineup,” the website said.
Ten films will be shown taking viewers from Mount Everest to Yellowstone National Park, the Alps to snow-capped Chile.
Info: cmc.org/ (look for “Signature Events” under “Calendar” in the bar menu).
BANFF CENTRE MOUNTAIN FILM
Specially selected films from Banff will be shown in two different lineups on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22–23, at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.
The screenings start at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be 18 films shown over the two days, featuring inspiring outdoor adventures.
Tickets cost $25 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the Avalon’s box office or at ticketmaster.com.
This festival is presented by the Rotary Club of Grand Junction and also features prize drawings with tickets for drawings available for $10 each or eight for $50. Info: banffcentre.ca.
INDIES AT THE AVALON
This five-week film series will offer films at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning March 11 and ending April 8 at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.
A pass to see the entire series costs $48 general admission, $24 for students. Individual film tickets cost $12 general admission, $6 for students. Tickets can be purchased through ticketmaster.com, however student passes must be purchased at the Avalon box office and a student ID presented.
Here are the dates and titles for the series:
March 11 — “Parasite” (R)
March 18 — “Clemency” (R)
March 25 — “Pain & Glory” (R)
April 1 — “Varda By Agnes” (not rated)
April 8 — “And The We Danced” (not rated)