BOISE, Idaho – Les Bois Film Festival has announced the films for the 2017 festival, which takes place on March 4th at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise. The festival is co-hosted by The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, a non-profit organization committed to conserving nature in Southwestern Idaho, along with Wild Lens, a non-profit film production company dedicated to addressing wildlife conservation issues. In its second year, Les Bois Film Festival will feature a diverse array of outdoor and environmental films from across the globe, with a special focus on films produced in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at www.lesboisfilmfestival.org
This year, thanks to the support of the Tzó-Nah Fund, the festival has grown to three showings, a film premiere at 11 am, and compilation screenings at 2 and 7 pm.
- The 11 am premiere screening is of Wild Lens’ documentary film, Souls of the Vermilion Sea, about the struggle to save an endangered Mexican porpoise, the vaquita, from extinction. It is
- free to attend, tickets are not required.
- The afternoon program will present eight films, including the award winning film Paul’s Boots, about a unique journey along the Appalachian Trail, as well as several Idaho-produced short films, including The High Divide and Santiaguito: The Volcano Laboratory.
- The evening screening includes eleven films, featuring the award-winning film Elk River, which follows the migratory journey of a herd of Yellowstone elk, and several locally produced short films, including Chasing Ridgelines, The Falconer and Beyond the Boulder White Clouds.
Craft beer from Woodland Empire and wine will be available for purchase at the evening screening.
A companion to the film element for the Festival will be a conservation-themed art exhibit, produced by Boise’s SWELL Artist Collective and the Endangered Species Print Project, the exhibit will open on March 2nd for Downtown’s First Thursday event and will remain open through the end of March.
This unique film festival was launched in 2016 with the goal of bringing together Boise’s burgeoning arts scene with the Treasure Valley’s robust conservation community. The festival’s inaugural event played to a sold out crowd, screening films from many of Idaho’s top outdoor filmmakers.