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At the peak of shoulder season, check out these 6 outdoor movies | Entertainment


In the Pacific Northwest, there is almost no off-season.

A winter spent skiing and snowboarding turns into springtime mountaineering and volcanic season. In the lowlands, the mountain bike trails dry up and the weather becomes pleasant for spending time on the water. Once summer arrives, it’s time for hiking, rock climbing, sea kayaking, more biking and alpine trails. Early fall is peak season for hiking, larch walks and the best surfing on the coast.

Then there is November. The days are getting shorter. The rain smoothes the paths and the rocks. There is not enough snow to carve turns. High winds make the water dangerous. November is the time to repair broken summer equipmentput on a fresh coat of wax for the winter and take a break from the hectic pace of our long dry season – despite the unwanted smoke from wildfires.

What’s an outdoor-loving Northwest to do to scratch the itch? To watch movies.

November and early December, when the call of the mountains and the sound are at their lowest, are prime times for outdoor movie screenings. While there’s a strong inclination towards ski movies – watching the pros throw themselves off snow-capped cliffs on screen is the real harbinger of the impending season – there are movies to suit everyone. Here are six films, a mix of screenings and streams, that you should watch before winter hits.


Women are increasingly carving out their place in outdoor adventure films, but “Linktakes that premise to the next level. It’s the first big-budget ski film with a full slate of outdoor industry sponsors to feature all the women behind and in front of the camera. From a pair of Jackson , Wyoming, from the women who still get after spending powder snow in their late 60s to a duo of Rocky Mountain nurses who moonlighted as pro skiers, “Nexus” features female role models from all walks of life in the mountains.” ‘Nexus’ is the movie we all wished we had growing up,” said director and executive producer Shannon Corsi. : Krystin Norman from North Bend and Brooklyn Bell of Bellingham.

Screening at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at SIFF Film Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $10; 206-464-5830; community-events.arcteryx.com

Available to stream for free from November 3 on youtube.com/c/arcteryx

‘Magic Hour’

Teton Gravity Research’s annual tour passed through town earlier this year, showing screenings from September. “magic hour“, is available for digital purchase. Photographers and videographers are familiar with “the magic hour”; capturing those moments on film in the mountains requires a lot of behind-the-scenes effort. “The magic hour is when everything clicks,” said Amy Jane David, one of the film’s athletes. “Before a magic moment, there is so much work, dedication and passion for years.

Available for digital purchase for $12.99 starting November 1 on geni.us/MagicHour

Mountain Film Festival on Tour

Telluride, Colorado mountain movie is an annual film festival held each Memorial Day weekend. In the fall, the festival goes on tour, and although its stop in Seattle has already passed, you can catch the tour in Bellevue, organized by The Mountaineers and Bellevue Department of Parks and Community Services. This year’s film selections range from 3 to 30 minutes under the theme of “the indomitable spirit”. From a 73-year-old man still mountain biking the trails of Vancouver’s North Shore to amputee Vasu Sojitra’s adaptive ski descent of the Skillet Line of Mount Moran in the Tetons, Mountainfilm delivers stories of triumph and overcome adversity.

Screening at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Bellevue Youth Theater, 16051 NE 10th St., Bellevue; $20 to $25; 425-452-7155; mountaineers.org

“Day Factor”

It wouldn’t be winter without a Warren Miller movie to get the juices flowing. Now in its 73rd edition, the legacy of legend, who settled in retirement on the island of Orcas, lives on. “day makersees the directors visiting tried-and-true locations like Alaska for the big lines and British Columbia’s Monashees for the powder. But there are also off-the-beaten-track ski destinations, like the Olympus Range in Greece, where Michelle Parker and McKenna Peterson are picking A scene from Snowmass, Colorado, where the National Brotherhood of Skiers hosts the party — and emerging talent from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team — continues Warren Miller Entertainment’s commitment to diversity in skiing.

Multiple screenings:

  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia; $20 to $35; 360-753-8586; washingtoncenter.org
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma; $16.50 to $31.50; 253-591-5894; warrenmiller.com/events
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Chalet Theatre, 1721 Wells St., Enumclaw; $17 to $35; 360-825-3881; chalettheatre.com
  • 4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Meydenbauer Center Theater, 11100 NE Sixth St., Bellevue; $15 to $35; 425-450-3810; meydenbauer.com/theater
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Historic Everett Theater, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett; $17 to $35; 425-258-6766; yourhistoryeveretttheatre.org
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Admiral Theater, 515 Pacific Ave., Bremerton; $24 to $39; 360-373-6743; admiraltheatre.org
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19 at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $15.75 to $35; 206-733-9725; mccawhall.com
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23 at the Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $17 to $35; 425-893-9900; warrenmiller.com/events

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

The famous Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Benaroya Hall for local screenings hosted by The Mountaineers. Expect a global showcase with slacklining, mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing, ice climbing, paddleboarding, rock climbing and adapted mountain sports. In short: something for everyone. In addition to the breathtaking mountain landscapes, several films address the environmental management of wild places.

Screenings at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $26 to $36; 206-215-4800; seattlesymphony.org

Available for digital rental for $15 from mid-December through watch.banffcentre.ca/banffondemand

“The Dark Division”

As fair-weather riders pack up their bikes for the season, the Rapha Clubhouse will broadcast “The Dark Division“, a 2020 film co-produced by REI Co-op Studios starring David Cross as Robert Pyle, a butterfly expert who mourns the loss of his wife with an unfortunate hike through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington. It’s not a movie about cycling, but it will make you cry the end of the riding season.

Screening at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at Rapha Clubhouse, 301 E. Pine St., Seattle; free; 206-420-1810; rapha.cc/seattle