June 4

Sunday, June 4, 2023
Live Music • 3 Sessions • Movie
Concrete Theatre
45920 Main Street, Concrete

Tickets, $20 (all-day-access)

Sunday, June 4
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
In the Theatre
2 Presentations with Photos & Video

Enjoy a show with wildlife photographer Leah Serna, who’ll share her latest game cam captures, as well as still photos of local mountain critters. You’ll also find Leah’s work displayed in the Act One Art Gallery.

Tony Fuchs of Puget Sound Energy will present, There’s Something Fishy Going On, a new film that talks about one of Baker River’s most valuable assets: the fish!

Sunday, June 4
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
In the Theatre
Presentation & Film

Geologist Dr. Jon Riedel eats, sleeps, and breathes glaciers. They are high, hard to reach, and hard to study. Keepers of the Beat follows Jon and his work studying glaciers and climate change at North Cascades National Park. He’ll be here to tell you more about our local glaciers.

LIVE MUSIC with the Yankee Drivers
Sunday, June 4
3:15-4:30 p.m.
In the Theatre
Multimedia: Music & Mountain Images

Based in Whatcom County, the Yankee Drivers share an obsession with bluegrass music, solid picking, and heartfelt vocals. Their sound is grounded in the traditions of Bill Monroe, Tony Rice, Clarence White, Flatt and Scruggs, and others who invented and energized this music. The Yankee Drivers also wander outside the bluegrass boundaries with influences from artists like Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Bob Wills, and traditional country artists. Be prepared for some serious foot-tappin’ when the tempo picks up and a taste of misery and heartbreak when Robbie and Jeff roll out the ballads.

While the Yankee Drivers are playing, you’ll get to enjoy photos and videos on the screen, including photography from local artist Pat Buller.

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey
Sunday, June 4

5:30 p.m. in the Theatre

It wouldn’t be a mountain film festival without revisiting our original American “dirtbag,” who many of you remember or even climbed with. Fred Beckey is the climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation, and vitriol since the 1940s. Beckey’s stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road. The groundbreaking life story of this rebel athlete, who inspired generations with his monumental first ascents, eloquent books, and the lifestyle he fearlessly pioneered, is told in this exclusive documentary film.

Hailed as one of the most prolific, influential climbers of all time, Beckey’s adventures began in Washington’s North Cascade range in the 1930s. In 1942, he and his brother cemented their place in alpine lore when the teenagers survived an incredible second ascent of Mount Waddington––considered the most difficult climb in North America at the time.

This success marked the beginning of Fred’s epic tear of first ascents around the world, during which he became the consummate “Dirtbag” climber: defined as one who forgoes material comforts and defies societal norms in pursuit of a nomadic mountaineering lifestyle.

“To watch the octogenarian clamber slabby, exposed cliffs seems to be a testament to grit, but also a view of a stubborn old man’s refusal to reckon with reality.” – Seattle Times

Notes on the filming of Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey. You’ll see the work of John Scurlock, the aerial photographer who contributed to the film. John Scurlock is a prolific and talented aerial photographer based in the northern Cascade Mountain Range of Washington State and British Columbia. His love of flying led him to build his own airplane, a feat that took nearly ten years and allowed him to explore the Cascade, Coast, Columbia, and Canadian Rocky Mountain ranges in a way few people can. Luckily, John is an amazing photographer who has built a voluminous body of work to share this perspective with others. Not content to simply hang his work on their wall, his pictures have been used by scientists for geological surveys and by ambitious climbers looking for new routes to unclimbed peaks.