What state contains the highest waterfall, the deepest canyon, the longest whitewater river miles, and most wilderness per capita in the lower 48 states? Most people don’t know.
“Destination Idaho,” a new film by producer Karen Day, will answer those questions when it is screened Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Admission is free.
The film is a visual journey that will inform and inspire audiences to value and visit the great Gem State by presenting the best things people don’t know about Idaho. This 65-minute documentary invites viewers to experience stunning landscapes, rich historical backgrounds, unparalleled outdoor recreation, compelling people, and cultural assets a 2,000-mile road trip via Airstream to the state's most interesting and unknown assets
Presented with engaging personal interviews and historical footnotes, “Destination Idaho” offers a never-before-seen, "family-friendly" picture of the Gem State beyond stereotypes and lovely landscapes. North to south, east to west this film shows why Idaho and Idahoans are unique among all others. The original soundtrack is even comprised of Idaho musicians.
Filmed over the past two years, this film is an unusual “commercial hybrid,” created in partnership with award-winning Idaho filmmaker, Day, and a host of public and private partners, large and small, including the Idaho State Historical Society, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, Idaho Tourism, U.S. National Parks Service, Airstream Adventures Northwest, Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sun Valley Resort, Shore Lodge and many more.
“Destination Idaho” premiered at the 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) with standing room only. The movie will also screen July 6 at Sandpoint’s Panida Theater. As the film travels to several venues throughout the state Day is traveling in a customized Airstream with special “Destination Idaho” signage.
“Because I Can,” a three-minute short on Kristin Armstrong will screen before the main feature.
“Because I Can” was produced and directed by Day just back from winning “Best Short Film in 10 Brands Competition for Google at Geena Davis's Bentonville Film Festival.
This short is part of feature-length documentary (currently in production) on Idaho's two-time cycling gold medalist. Armstrong, 42, is racing for an historic third gold medal in Rio 2016. This Idaho mom is fighting the odds to make Olympic history, busting age and gender barriers on her way to the podium.
Karen Day has produced 14 documentaries. Her previous film, “Girl From God’s Country,” about silent film era filmmaker Nell Shipman, had its world premiere at the 2015 SVFF and went on to win Best Documentary at the Cannes Independent Artisan Film Festival, with international distribution through Arc Entertainment and Women Make Movies. Day has premiered documentaries at four of five SVFFs.
Idaho’s Department of Parks and Recreation manages 30 state parks and recreation areas throughout Idaho. The mission of the agency is to improve the quality of life in Idaho through outdoor recreation and resource stewardship. Learn more about Idaho’s State Parks and Recreation Programs by visiting: www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov.
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