NatureTrack Festival adds movie, tribute to ski-film icon

Warren Miller’s “Line of Descent” and a short film tribute to the ski-film icon have been added to the NatureTrack Film Festival.

Staff Report

“Line of Descent” by ski-film icon Warren Miller has been added to the NatureTrack Film Festival, which will debut this year in Los Olivos on the weekend of March 23-25.

A short film tribute to Miller, who died in January, will play before “Line of Descent” beginning at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Gates Foss Community Center at Los Olivos School.

“Line of Descent” is the 68th full-length feature film by Warren Miller Entertainment  (WME) and continues the mountain lifestyle lineage that is celebrated in Miller’s films. The film travels the globe by land, air and sea to explore the ties that bind ski culture.

In Squaw Valley and Jackson Hole, WME visits skiing legends who have made the mountains their home. Traveling to Norway, a Canadian ski patroller enjoys the company of his Norwegian brethren, and in the French Alps, native son Jean-Claude Killy’s legacy fills Val-D’Isere hearts with pride.

WME crews chase winter along the Beartooth Highway, where a road trip takes athletes Kalen Thorien and Mike “Bird” Shaffer from Montana to Wyoming, while snowboarders Seth Westcott and Rob Kingwill head to New Zealand to descend Mount Cook.

From British Columbia to France, Glacier Country to Steamboat, new generations of skiers and riders push their sport to new extremes.

In addition to “Line of Descent,” the NatureTrack Film Festival also includes other exciting films in a category called Outdoors & Out of Bounds, featuring jaw-dropping, heart-pounding and death-defying displays of extreme outdoor activities.

Festival-goers will be treated to surfers dodging chunks of ice in the monster swells off Iceland in the mesmerizing “Under An Arctic Sky.” Fans of mountaineering will gape at the crevasses underfoot in “The White Maze” and “Reaching the Crest.” And white-water riders will debate the merits of hauling skis and kayaks over the frozen expanse of Greenland after viewing “Into Twin Galaxies.”

Fifty-five other films from more than 20 countries will also be shown at the festival in professional theater-quality presentations.

For more information, including the full film schedule and e-program, visit www.NatureTrackFilmFestival.org.