Wild and Scenic Film Fest

By Jim Stanford on April 12, 2012

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Tonight the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, American Rivers, Snake River Fund and a host of other nonprofits and businesses have teamed up to present the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Center for the Arts. Admission is $5.

Eight of the nine films are shorts ranging from two to eight minutes. The longest is 45-minute “Kadoma,” about a wild and ultimately ill-fated river expedition in Central Africa. A synopsis follows after the jump.

Combining adventure with inspiration, the night is dedicated to the Don’t Frack the Hoback campaign. A coalition of conservation and sportsmen’s groups has been working together to protect the Hoback River headwaters from proposed natural gas drilling.

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throwing down for the ‘Coach

By Jim Stanford on November 20, 2011

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Last we left off with filmmaker Jen Tennican, she had embarked on a documentary about the Stagecoach Bar in Wilson, using the cherished watering hole as a prism to view 70 years of Western history.

Since then she won the Wyoming Short Film Contest with a spinoff comedy and netted $25,000 for the project. Now, nearing her fund-raising goal, she has received a $5,000 grant from a local foundation and is appealing to us, the masses on the Interwebs, to match.

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the beauty of first tracks

By Jim Stanford on November 17, 2011

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The Backcountry Film Fest celebrates the joy of earning your turns.

Tonight, Winter Wildlands Alliance brings its seventh annual Backcountry Film Festival to Snow King Resort. The event is a fund-raiser for Friends of Pathways and the Jackson Hole Ski Club.

Among the films to be screened are Solitaire by Sweetgrass Productions and Breaking Trail by Powderwhore, as well as a short by Jackson’s own Chris Dickey.

Betty Rock is serving pizza and chili, and Snake River Brewing Co. is pouring beer. The festival runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Screenings will begin at 6. Admission is $10, and proceeds will benefit the FoP Teton Pass Ambassador and Ski Club nordic programs. There will be a raffle with a host of great prizes.

With a winter storm blasting Jackson Hole for the next few days, it won’t be long before skiers and riders are breaking trail to earn their turns in the Teton backcountry. Tonight’s lineup is sure to stoke the excitement.


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11s, right across the board

By Jim Stanford on November 11, 2011

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Here we are at 11:11 a.m. on 11/11/11, a moment highly anticipated by numerologists, corduroy wearers, Deadheads and fans of the movie Spinal Tap.

Today has been designated Nigel Tufnel Day in honor of the spoof rockumentary’s lead guitarist, so in case you’re not feeling festive enough, here’s that extra push over the cliff.

For the uninitiated, Spinal Tap reigns as one of the funniest comedies ever made. You really ought to see the whole guitar/amp segment, no clips of which were available for embedding. Or go to 11 yourself and watch the entire movie.

The question is, Where can we go from here?


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in memoriam: Howie Henderson

By Jim Stanford on September 25, 2011

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Howie in "Swift. Silent. Deep."

Howard Henderson, co-founder of the Jackson Hole Air Force, died last night of a heart attack, friends said. He was 53 years old.

Henderson collapsed at his home in Rafter J, friends said. EMTs responded and performed CPR, to no avail.

Henderson was one of the leaders of the Air Force, a renegade band of skiers featured in the film “Swift. Silent. Deep.” The group came together during the early 1980s and pushed the boundaries of skiing in the Tetons, so much so that Jackson Hole Mountain Resort eventually opened its gates to unlimited backcountry access.

Better known as “Howie,” Henderson had an outsize personality on and off the slopes. In a promo for the movie, his older brother, RJ, another veteran skier, says, “We’ve always said that we should get Howie a job on a website, just called ‘Howie Goes Off,’ and just give him a new subject every day.”

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