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Breckenridge Film Fest: ‘Lady B’s First Winter’ headlines Children’s Program

Special to the Daily

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of short reviews of films showing at the Breckenridge Film Festival.

The Breckenridge Film Festival isn’t just for adults. A free program from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Riverwalk Center is specially designed to amuse and educate children. Along with animated shorts “Blue” and “I Need My Monster,” it will feature “Lady B’s First Winter,” a short documentary about the training of an avalanche rescue dog. Following the films, there will be a live demonstration of avalanche dog skills.

Lady B, the star of the film, is a yellow Labrador puppy that is adopted by a husband and wife team of ski patrollers in Telluride. We see Lady B’s first snowfall, first chairlift ride, first snowmobile ride and first helicopter rescue drill. Skills build upon skills, leading to her ability to find buried skiers under the snow. Eventually, Lady B proudly takes her place as the newest member of Telluride Ski Patrol’s legendary Avalanche Rescue Dogs.

When director Scott Ransom, a cameraman with extensive credits on documentary and narrative films and television programs, heard that veteran ski patrollers Kim and Gary Richard were getting a Labrador puppy and planned to train it to be an avalanche dog, he immediately wanted to film it. “I thought, I can’t pass this up,” Ransom said. “I’m not sure what will happen, where it will go, why I’m doing it, except that it’s an incredibly cool idea to follow Lady B as a puppy.”

During the film, the dog’s excitement and energy about her work flows to the audience, until you wind up watching with a huge grin on your face. We should all love our jobs so much.

The Breckenridge Film Festival will bring more than 60 independent films, their filmmakers and festival-goers to Breckenridge through Sunday, Sept. 21, featuring chances to meet filmmakers, panel discussions, plenty of parties and mingling and the Adventure Reel for young and young-at-heart audiences. Learn more about this and other films online at

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