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North Bend Theatre's Mountain Film Festival starts this weekend

The North Bend Mountain Film Festival starts its fifth season this Sunday, Oct. 7, with the first of a multi-week series aimed at the great outdoors.

First up is a return appearance from brothers and film makers Noah and Jonah Howell, of Powderwhore Productions. "Choose Your Adventure" is their 8th feature length film and promises phenomenal backcountry skiing and snowboarding with breathtaking scenery from Cerro Castillo, Chile; La Grave, France; the Antarctic Peninsula; Svalbard, Norway; British Columbia, Canada, and the Wasatch Mountains in Utah.

Noah and Jonah will mingle with the North Bend Theatre crowd in the beer garden sponsored by the Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, at 4 p.m. Sunday. They'll introduce the film at 5 p.m.; admission is $12.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, the second offering will feature guest film maker Dianne Whelan. Whelan is an award winning film maker and photographer residing in Vancouver, B.C. In 2010 she traveled to Nepal and Mount Everest base camp to direct and shoot her documentary film "40 days at Base Camp". The film had its debut at the Vancouver International Film Festival and was the opening night film at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. She is the first woman to shoot a film on the world's highest mountain.

At North Bend, Whelan will introduce her film and talk about her experiences. Meet her in the beer garden sponsored by Alpental B.A.R.K (Backcountry Avalanche Rescue K-9's) at 4 p.m., and catch the film at 5 p.m. As a special treat, the B.A.R.K. rescue dogs will be there.

The series continues on Sunday afternoons through November 18 and concludes the first week of December with three days of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, winners of the North Bend Amateur Film Challenge and Warren Miller's "Flow State".

More information and on-line tickets are available at


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