▪ Filmmaker Jordan Noel Hawkes heads Filmfort and Hackfort. She grew up in Hailey and lived in Brazil for a time before returning to Idaho and settling in Boise. She took the reins of Hackfort three years ago and stepped up to program and organize Filmfort this year. Her goal is to bring both forts into more engagement with the surrounding scene.
▪ Bittercreek Alehouse beer guru David Roberts heads Alefort. Under his guidance it’s taken the idea of a beer garden and morphed into a kind of brew fest nirvana, where you don’t just drink the beer, you experience it.
▪ Former professional ballet dancer Jon Swarthout is known as Mr. Jon to hundreds of kids through his Treasure Valley Institute for Children’s Arts (TRICA). He took on Kidfort in 2015 to offer a creative outlet for kids to explore their creativity through dance, art and music.
▪ Celeste Bolin, Power Party Sculpt workout developer and daughter of Boise guitar maker John Bolin, co-founded Yogafort. She’ll be teaching several different dance-based workouts during the event.
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▪ The folks at Idaho Skateboard Association (Josh Davis and Lori Wright) helped organize Skatefort. It’s a one-day throwback to events such as Streets for the People, Davis says. “It’s a free day of skating on the streets.”