The first Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival is slated to Thursday through Feb. 22 at the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen.

The festival, featuring films with adventure, cultural or environmental themes from around the world, is being sponsored by the New Belgium Brewing Co.

Proceeds from the festival will go to Flagstaff International Relief Efforts, led by local professional photographer Geoff Gourley, to bring direct aid to poverty-stricken youth and the urban poor of Mongolia.

The Winterfest event was organized for movie and recreation lovers to come together and view films on diverse topics they would not have exposure to otherwise.

"What's nice about the format is that we can show a nine-minute piece or a 90-minute piece, so there's a good variety," said Geoff Cross, an organizer of the festival.

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A few of the films to be shown are: "Blood, Sweat and Bagels," an award-winning film about Neil Bentley's and Richard Heap's daring attempt to free-climb Yosemite's Salathe Wall; "A Thin White Line," an international award winner about an 1,100-mile race through Alaska; "Lady Warriors," about Tuba City High School's championship women's cross-country team and their journey as Native American women; and "Dirt Divas," a documentary about female mountain bikers.

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There also will be a slide show on Mongolia, a panel discussion on eco-tourism, live music, door prizes and an art exhibit highlighting outdoor themes of local painters and photographers.

Admission is $8 for the general public and $6 for students on tickets purchased before Thursday at the Orpheum or Four Season Outfitters, and $9 or $7, respectively, for tickets at the door. The Saturday, Feb. 22, matinee is $5 for everyone.

For more information, call Geoff Cross at 226-0673 or Anne Walton at 773-4433.

— Arizona Daily Sun

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