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Lady Wild returns with more to explore

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AndShesDopeToo showcased their third annual Lady Wild Film Fest on Jan.12 at the Val A. Browning Center in Austad Auditorium at Weber State University.

The event featured ten films led by strong female leads and characters. These films included girls under the age of ten mountain biking in the snow-covered Alps, women performing death-defying ski jumps off of cliffs, an elderly woman in her nineties skating on the ice sheet five days a week and more.

In addition, guest appearances from Jen Hudak, a former professional skier and a two-time world champion, and fourteen-year-old singer/songwriter Kyla Vine, a musical talent at Snowcrest Junior High in Eden, UT were present to entertain and interact with guests to solve their questions and inhibitions.

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Host Alisha Washington wanted to give her audience the opportunity to understand dreams and redefine their relationship with fear.

“We’re here to promote women to push their boundaries,” Washington said.

The Austad Auditorium had great turnout and fanbase present with few seats remaining prior to the showing of the first film.

Washington encouraged the audience to engage with each film and guest appearance, whether it be with cheers after witnessing an incredible feat or gasps after a sad or dangerous scene. The audience did not disappoint and shook the auditorium with cheers and cries throughout the duration of the night.

“We want it to be as much as a celebration of Ogden and the people who live here, as it is a celebration of women and the outdoors,” said Taylor Killian, an organizer of AndShesDopeToo.

AndShesDopeToo is an organization local to Ogden whose mission is to empower and support all women everywhere, connect people with nature and inspire them to achieve limitless possibilities.

The “Lady Wild” logo is featured around Ogden, recognizable to anyone who has been to the Ogden farmer’s market in the summertime or the Weber State downtown store, where people can purchase merchandise with “Lady Wild” printed on them.

In its illustration, the logo stands for three main subjects: women, mountains and animals.

Weber State student Cameron Egan has been to all three Lady Wild Film Festivals. She said after seeing these films, she’s inspired to get outdoors and hopes that anyone, at any age, can experience the outdoors and be active.

In two years, AndShesDopeToo hopes to have the Lady Wild Film Festival expand into a multi-day event, showcasing films of lengthier stature and overall more inspiring films. Their goal is to create a healthy community and to spread their messages by interacting with guests and conducting press conferences toward the end of their event.

An event like this is a great way for Weber State students and a community who have common backgrounds, hobbies and interests, to come together and celebrate the interaction between people and nature, and a newly found love for adventure and the great outdoors.

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