If winter is starting to wear you down, a trio of film tours stopping in Laramie in the coming weeks offer a chance to dream about warmer weather or celebrate the glories of snowy climates — all from the comfort of a warm theater.
First up is the Backcountry Film Festival, set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Gryphon Theatre, 710 Garfield St. Admission is free.
Produced by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Backcountry Film Festival is a collection of short films celebrating the winter landscape and human-powered snow sports.
Now in its 15th year, the festival is scheduled to stop in more than 110 cities this year.
Next up is the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the University of Wyoming Arts and Sciences Auditorium. Admission is free.
Hosted by 7220 Entertainment and the UW Outdoor Program, the Banff tour is a collection of the best films screened at the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival. The festival attracts filmmakers from around the world and is a showcase for movies about outdoor sports and mountain culture.
“In Laramie and in Wyoming in general, there’s a culture of the outdoors,” said Kelly Marston, student films coordinator for 7220 Entertainment. “It’s bringing people together under the same interest of being outside.”
She said the screenings draw students, as well as Laramie residents, and she’s expecting a big crowd for the popular event.
“We try to have a good balance of family-friendly movies,” she said. “A lot of community members bring their kids to it.”
The tour is scheduled to visit more than 500 locations in 40 countries.
For those who dream about water instead of snow, the Fly Fishing Film Tour is scheduled to screen in Laramie at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Gryphon Theatre. Tickets are $20.
The film tour, presented by Laramie Valley Trout Unlimited, is a showcase of some of the best fly fishing films set in locations around the world. Now in its 13th year, the films visit anglers from Alaska to Florida and British Columbia to Australia.