Les Bois Film Festival – Year Two
Last year we partnered with local Boise non-profit the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley to launch Les Bois Film Festival. The partnership and the film festival were a huge success – we were overwhelmed with amazing film submissions and put together an fantastic program, which played to a sold-out audience at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise.
We have lofty goals for this unique film festival that we have spawned alongside Boise’s local land trust, and this year we have taken several steps towards achieving these goals. Here’s our list of what we’re most excited about at this year’s Les Bois Film Festival:
Three screening events! In addition to our evening film program, this year’s LBFF will also include screening events at 11am and at 2pm at the Egyptian on Saturday, March 4th.
The Eyes on Conservation Art Scene Exhibit! We have partnered with SWELL Artist Collective and the Endangered Species Print Project to launch our first exhibit as a part of this newest component of our Eyes on Conservation platform. The art exhibit will feature more than 30 local artists, and will open on Boise’s First Thursday art gallery open house event on March 2nd. It will remain open throughout the festival weekend for Les Bois.
The World Premiere of our newest documentary, Souls of the Vermilion Sea! We’ve been working for almost two years on a documentary film about the struggle to save the vaquita – our planet’s most endangered marine mammal. This FREE screening of our new film will take place at 11am on Saturday, March 4th at the Egyptian Theatre.
A diversity of Idaho-produced films! We are extremely excited to be screening a diverse array of films produced by Idaho filmmakers at this year’s festival. Roughly half of the films that were selected to screen at this year’s event were either produced in Idaho, or produced by Idaho filmmakers. Several Boise-based filmmakers are screening films at Les Bois for the second straight year, including Glenn Oakley, and the winner of last year’s Audience Choice Award, Zach Voss (whose film View from the Pedal Buggy was last year’s winner).
Humor! Now more than ever it is important for environmental films to be fun and engaging while also conveying a conservation message. We are super excited to be screening several films that break from the mold, and approach conservation storytelling from a unique angle. We’re screening two short animated films, Captain Fish, and Black-footed Ferret that address conservation issues from an unusual perspective.
Politically relevant storytelling! Several of the films selected to screen at Les Bois this year have a unique take on national political topics – the film Think Like a Scientist: Boundaries shows viewers the impact that our existing border fence with Mexico has on wildlife populations, while the film Chasing Ridgelines presents a hunter’s perspective on our public lands system. Beyond the Boulder White Clouds examines the process by which Idaho’s newest national monument was created, and of course our documentary Souls of the Vermilion Sea tells the story behind one of our planet’s most critically endangered species.
Tickets for the afternoon and evening screening events can be purchased here. Our premiere screening of Souls of the Vermilion Sea will be FREE and open to the public, as will be the Eyes on Conservation Art Scene Exhibit.
Here’s a breakdown of Les Bois Film Festival events:
Thursday, March 2nd from 5pm to 9pm – Official Opening for the Eyes on Conservation Art Scene Exhibit at SWELL Artist Collective at 404 South 8th St., Suite L105 – FREE event, wine and beer will be served.
Saturday, March 4th at 11am – Premiere screening of Souls of the Vermilion Sea at the Egyptian Theatre on 700 W. Main St. – FREE event!
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