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Banff Mountain Film Festival back in Duluth

The short films include documentary on local hiker Emily Ford.

Emily Ford and Diggins hike a section of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin in February 2021. Their 1,200-mile winter hike is featured in a documentary film that's part of the Banff International Film Festival showing in Duluth on Jan. 7-8, 2022. Steve Kuchera / File / Duluth News Tribune
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The documentary film made last winter that followed Duluth hiker Emily Ford and her sled dog, Diggins, on their nearly 1,200-mile trek along Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail will be featured as part of the Banff International Film Festival tour that’s coming to Duluth in January.

After a one-year break due to COVID-19 concerns, the Banff festival, which features outdoor adventure films, is scheduled to show at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center’s Symphony Hall on Jan. 7 and 8. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

The festival, which premiered in Banff in late October, is now on its world tour with 40 short films. It's hosted in Duluth by the Duluth Cross Country Ski Club. Face masks are required. Proceeds go to help fund ski club programs.

In addition to the movies, which are different each night, the ski club is sponsoring many booths from outdoor company vendors. Tickets are $20 in advance (plus fees) and available through ticketmaster.com or in person at the DECC ticket office, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Breaking Trail," produced by Minneapolis-based Credo Nonfiction, portrays Emily Ford’s journey as she and Diggins hiked 69 days across Wisconsin (as chronicled each week of their adventure in the News Tribune) in both brutally cold and unseasonably warm conditions, but also in some very snowy conditions.



For more information on the festival or films, go to banffcentre.ca/banffmountainfestival/tour .

For more information on the Duluth Cross Country Ski Club, go to duluthxc.com .

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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