Local audiences have an opportunity to see the award-winning film North of Nightfall, on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Miners Union Hall in Rossland. Extreme Arctic Circle mountain biking, paired with local film making, mixed with exploring the climate crisis make this film a must-see.
Can’t make it on April 4? It will be shown again in Castlegar on Saturday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Castle Theater. Both screenings are fundraisers for the EcoSociety.
“I live and play in Nelson and it was an eye-opening experience to film in the Arctic Circle with these pro riders,” said Jeremy Grant, North of Nightfall’s Director from Freeride Entertainment. “The riding and lines were incredible but so was the wildlife. We saw polar bears, arctic wolves, beluga whales and narwhals. The landscape is threatened from rising global temperatures and I wanted to capture what we’re losing if we don’t act now.”
Hidden among the glaciers high in the Arctic Circle are mountain bike lines too incredible to ignore. Harsh temperatures, volatile weather and nine-month winters mean the area is normally devoid of human life. But each summer, this frozen landscape flourishes under endless daylight, revealing a spectacular ecosystem. Join Darren Berrecloth, Carson Storch, Cam Zink and Tom Van Steenbergen as they embark on an expedition to the top of the world to explore this relatively unknown land. In doing so, they discover a changing environment steeped in history along with challenging terrain unlike anything anyone’s ridden to date.
“As winter becomes spring we want to get folks excited for riding Rossland’s and Castlegar’s beautiful trails,” said Montana Burgess, Executive Director at the West Kootenay EcoSociety. “Last year some of our trails in the Kootenays were threatened by wildfires. I’m grateful this movie celebrates the skill of the sport and the stunning landscape that is in danger of being lost from carbon pollution.”
This film’s stunning cinematography wrapped up in storytelling will make any lovers of National Geographic or BBC nature programming very happy. North of Nightfall won three awards: 2019 Mammoth Film Festival Best Actions Sports Feature, 2019 Waimea Ocean Film Festival Best Adventure Film, and 2018 Inkafest Peru Best Film on Adventure, and was a 2018 Official Selection at Telluride Mountain Film.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in Rossland and 6 p.m. in Castlegar. Tickets are $12 general admission, available at the door. There will be door prizes from Revolution Cycles in Rossland and Cycology Bikes in Castlegar. Special guest Director Jeremy Grant will share his stories from making the film.
West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit, community-driven organization that works to bring together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and liveable communities in the West Kootenay region.