The first films to incorporate sound were known as talkies, just as the word walkies was applied to the first plays not starring cardboard actors. Celebrate theatrical innovation with today’s Groupon for tickets to the Backcountry Film Festival from West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. This event takes place on Thursday, February 16, from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the West Michigan Academy’s gymnasium. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get an adult ticket (a $10 value).
- For $15, you get a family pack consisting of two adult and two kids’ tickets (a $30 value).<p>
The Backcountry Film Festival illuminates screens with compelling tales of environmental preservation and eco-friendly recreation made by grassroots filmmakers from around the globe. The breathtaking cinematography of Sweetgrass Productions’ Solitaire, which grabbed this year’s Best of the Festival award, captures snowboarders and skiers as they carve cursive poems into the harsh terrains of Argentina, Peru, and Chilean Patagonia. Chalk and Ski, a lively, artistic animated short, keeps toes tapping as skiiers slalom to catchy indie-rock beats. Other films include Berber Turns, an eight-minute short that highlights skiing in Morroco, and Winters of My Life, a portrait of a 35-year veteran of isolated mountain culture. All proceeds of this festival go to West Michigan Academy’s sixth-grade-camp fund, a program which keeps kids on the straight and narrow hiking trails, and away from fast-talking soda machines.
West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science
West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science promotes creativity, responsibility, and academic achievement through the comprehensive study of science. Lessons are tailored for students in preschool through 12th grade, grounded in the hard sciences, and supported by a hands-on learning environment. The 62-acre campus maintains farmland, nature trails, wetlands, and forests as outdoor classrooms where students can explore during weekly environmental-science labs. Differentiated instruction allows students to grow in a diverse setting; one lesson asks that they build arbors from spare branches, and the next dictates that they write reports on handmade paper from the previous week's lab. All the while, the school's character-education programs build self-awareness and self-esteem. In addition to regular lessons, the academy offers science fairs to showcase kids' skills and summer camps to keep the fires of learning ablaze—like the traditional end-of-year burning of the times-table tests—in the off season.
4463 Leonard St. NW
Walker, Michigan 49534