Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hood River Premier of Women Of Dirt Benefit

 Hood River, OR -   On Saturday, March 27th Ride Division presents the film premiere of,  “Awesomeland: Women of Dirt” at 8:00pm at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River. The event is a benefit for trail building in the Hood River area. A reception will be held before the show, beginning at 7:00pm.  During the reception, beer and wine will be available for sale.  The film will run for 60 minutes followed by a raffle with items from event sponsors, Alpinestars, Rockstar and Sombrio.  DVDs of the film along with Women of Dirt t-shirts will be sold throughout the night. Tickets may be purchased in advance online for $9 at

Awesome Land: Women Of Dirt is a unique look into the world of Downhill Racing, Dirt Jumping and Freeriding. This film looks through the eyes of the wondrous women that have helped grow the sport of Gravity Mountain Biking with their strength and courage. Other mountain bike films have overlooked these vibrant and dedicated women, but no longer! Awesome Land: Women Of Dirt celebrates the mountain bike while celebrating the women who love them. It is a beautiful and energetic film that opens a window into an awesome world. The Lady Riders staring in this film are Tammy Donahugh, Stephanie Nychka, Cierra Smith, Emily Johnston, Lisa Myklak, Jill Kintner, Leana Gerrard, Dawn Cashen, Katrina Strand, Kathy Pruitt, and Darcy Turenne.

“Mountain-biking documentaries are hardly rare, yet rarely do they convey the kind of heightened experience of being alive that the women athletes in "Awesome Land" so clearly feel. Many of the cyclists shown engaging in their extreme sport are past and present champions of women's downhill racing and related competitions in dirt jumping and free riding. But, on film at least, they spend little time talking about their personal victories, preferring to celebrate their inclusion in an activity gradually gaining respect in a male-dominated field.”  -Seattle Times

“’Women of Dirt’ is long overdue as a tribute to women opening the sport and zeitgeist of freeriding to a whole new generation of riders.” -Bike Intelligencer

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The Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave, downtown Hood River.  CCA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote an arts rich environment in the Columbia Gorge.      

What :            Awesomeland: Women of Dirt Film Premiere
When :           Saturday,  March 27th , 2010   –   7:00pm Reception,  8:00pm Film
Pricing :         $9 purchased in advance.
Tickets :         Tickets are available online in advance at,
Location :       CCA Theater, Columbia Center for the Arts,  215 Cascade Ave., Hood River, OR

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