“The idea came from last season’s lack of snowfall and we wanted to give them something to do early season. Movies were the obvious choice,” said Mount Snow marketing director Greg Fisher. “We were looking for ways to bring people back in the valley and get them jazzed up for skiing and riding.”
There will be 10 films at the inaugural film festival. Many of them have appeared at well-known film festivals such as the New York City Winter Film Festival; the Stowe Mountain Film Festival; and the Montreal Independent Film Festival.
The festival kicks off Friday night with a free for-all-ages show at the Snow Barn. The first film is called “Witness the Sickness” and is produced by Flow Snowboarding. This film captures the lives of some of the world’s best riders and documents the ups and downs of life on the road. “Witness the Sickness” shows generator mishaps and broken bones in Minnesota, rider Scotty Lago’s bronze-medal-winning performance at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and spectacular riding footage from Japan.
Immediately following “Witness the Sickness” is Transworld Snowboarding’s “In Color.” This film documents an action-packed winter with a diverse crew of snowboarding’s most talented riders. From the Canadian backcountry, the streets of the East Coast, and Scandinavian park sessions, “In Color” paints a vivid picture of the current state of snowboarding.
The last film of the evening is by the award-winning producers at Teton Gravity Research. “Light The Wick” was filmed in high-definition and 3D technology. “Light The Wick” is another film featuring the world’s best snowboarders. TGR cinematographers captured jaw-dropping footage from remote locations around the world and some of the riders’ favorite stomping grounds. Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Seth Morrison, Kye Petersen, Ian McIntosh, Dana Flahr, Dylan Hood, Sammy Carlson, Dash Longe, Rachael Burks, Callum Pettit, Wiley Miller, Erik Roner, Cody Townsend, Todd Ligare, Chris Benchetler, Shroder Baker, Daron Rahlves, Byron Wells, and John Spriggs discover the unskied mountains of Alaska, Croatia, Italy, British Columbia, and more. Portions of “Light The Wick” will be featured in 3-D and slow motion aerial shots that will make viewers want to reach out and touch the action.
Admission is free and showtime is at 7 pm. An encore presentation of Teton Gravity’s Film “Light the Wick” will take place at the Snow Barn on Saturday, December 4, at 4 pm. For more information call (802) 464-1100, ext. 4693.
On Saturday, Memorial Hall in Wilmington presents a family feature ski film. “Cheap Ski Movie,” produced by Jack Turner Productions, is an epic journey of two skiers of questionable talent who aspire to cinematic glory. The main characters, “Jonny” and “Lou,” dream of being ski and snowboard film producers in the genre of legendary filmmaker Warren Miller.
The problem is that Jonny and Lou are broke, with no equipment, connections or sponsors. Turner documents their struggles and their quest to find the real meaning of skiing in this film that is sure to entertain people of all ages.
“Cheap Ski Movie” is free to the public and showtime begins at 8 pm. For more information call (802) 464-8411.
Mountain Park Cinema will be the venue for Saturday’s films and they feature a variety of ski and snowboarding documentaries. Theater number one will show three skiing films. Matchstick Productions’ “The Way I See It,” was named Powder Magazine’s 2009 movie of the year and features top-shelf skiing and cinematography. The documentary includes an eclectic soundtrack and provides several unique perspectives on the sport. “The Way I See It” showcases deep powder, steep lines, and massive park features from British Columbia, Japan, Alaska, Colorado, Switzerland, Idaho, Washington, and many other locations.
Level One’s “Eye Trip” is about the skiing counterculture. Level One skiers travel to Sun Valley, Helsinki, and remote Alaska for some fresh powder and first tracks.
The final film is “Work It Out” by Meathead Films. From record-breaking five-foot blizzards in Washington, DC, to 10 inches of rain in New England, Meathead Films spent the winter of 2010 scouring the East Coast for spectacular skiing. “Work It Out” was filmed on location at Mount Snow, in the back alleys of Maine, at custom park jumps in New Jersey, and as far east as Hokkaido, Japan.
Theater number two features three snowboarding films. “Respect Your Elders” stars snowboarding great Travis Parker. “Respect Your Elders” involves snowboard trips with young up-and-coming rippers such as Ben Lynch, Brandon Cocard, Jed Anderson, Nick Dirks, and Austin Hironaka, as they shred alongside legends such as Parker, Temple Cummins, Josh Dirksen, and Mike Basich. The film is produced by Resourceful Knome.
In Wildcard Movies’ “The Saturday Night Ride,” an ex-pro snowboarder is released from prison and the world he returns to has become something far beyond his wildest dreams. Pro wrestling and snowboarding have become fused into a new sport. Championship bouts are broadcast live on prime time TV as riders battle each other in the ring and on the jumps in a quest to gain the world championship title.
The final documentary is “The Storming.” “The Storming” covers the Tahoe backcountry and Iceland’s peaks, and it features the best in snowboarding: Halldor Helgason, Sammy Luebke, Lonnie Kauk, Xavier Delerue, Leanne Pelosi, Eiki Helgason, Ryan Tiene, Erin Comstock, Kimmy Fasani, Hana Beaman, Raewyn Reid, Kevin Jones, Torstein Horgmo, Kazu Kokubo, and more. “The Storming” is produced by Standard Films.
All skiing and snowboarding films will be shown at 2 and 7 pm and tickets are $6 for each series. For more information call the Mountain Park Cinema at (802) 464-6447.