Northern Ontario has a vibrant film community so every once in a while we take a break from designing to see the product of all the hard work that goes into shooting in the North Bay area. We missed the Doc North film festival because we were away in Quebec for a week (more on what we were doing later), so we were very happy to be able to attend the Northern Images Festival. The festival was held at various locations in North Bay and included several short films, discussion panels, and two feature films. We were lucky enough to see the horror-thriller Backcountry at the White Water Gallery downtown on Friday night.
Backcountry is based on a true story and writer/director Adam MacDonald did not shy away from showing gore and grit in this survival tale. We felt like we were right there and loved every minute of it. Visit the official website by clicking this awesome movie poster. We love the photography and simplicity of the tagline.
This film is a must watch for anyone who enjoys nature or would like to go camping. We love being outdoors so this movie really gripped at our deepest fears. The suspense had us on the edge of our seats and the cinematography showcased the raw emotion. As we left Jade said, "That could have just as easily been us in that situation". I thought back to all the times I trained and skied with my teammates in the backcountry and it was a chilling feeling.
Backcountry was mostly shot in and around North Bay so the scenery was beautiful. Obviously. You can check out the trailer below if you don't mind learning about major plot details. The film was featured at TIFF and thanks to IFC, will be coming to the US soon. Check out Backcountry's Twitter account to stay up to date on the next screening. In the meantime, stay safe in the woods.