The latest release from Sherpas Cinema, All.I.Can took the helm and controlled the audience’s emotions for the next hour. Directed by the talents of Dave Mossop and Eric Crosland, this film goes beyond the traditional idea of a ski movie. The viewer is treated to dramatic time lapses and film sequences of natural phenomena around the world. The contrast of industry and nature lead the audience into a new realm, and then, BANG, the powder starts flying and the music amps up. Traveling to exotic locations like the Chilean Andes, Greenland and Morocco, the skiers tee off and begin to shred the gnar. Fantastic fade-ins of terrain in the summer and winter alter your perception as the rider’s lines are gobbled up by another season. The creative cinematography in this film captures the true essence of the sport. Showcasing the talents of young guns Johnny Collinson and Kye Petersen, the movie also depicts where the future of skiing is headed. In addition to the fine camera work, there is an underlying message of profound environmentalism. The athletes admit that skiing is becoming less sustainable with the use of helicopters, snowmobiles and the expansion of mega resorts. Although the message becomes a bit in-your-face and over-the-top by the end of the feature, it does serve as a potent reminder to snow sliders everywhere that our precious powder could be in jeopardy in the near future. The film climaxes with a chapter titled “Revelation,” and it depicts the riders achieving their ultimate line from each journey. A must see for those who love action, but also appreciate the finer aspects of natural beauty and cultural ambiance.
The Art of Flight
Brain Farm Digital Cinema
After the success of That’s It, That’s All, some doubts began to surface as to whether Travis Rice and company’s second film, The Art of Flight, was going to live up to the hype. Rice, in an interview with SLUG, stated that one main function of this film was to bridge the gap between the core snowboarding community and the mainstream. “Bringing in a bit more of a layman approach, [we’re] trying to showcase what it is that we do, where we go and why,” said Rice. As for where they went, this time around the crew shot on location in Alaska, Jackson Hole, Chile, Patagonia, British Columbia, Aspen and Revelstoke. When asked which section of the film he was most proud of, Rice responded with Revelstoke, which seems fitting as it’s the last section of the film. “Revelstoke we really worked our asses off for. We were up there for almost two months. I think the big push behind this film was more towards progressive, big mountain freestyle riding. I really felt that the Revelstoke section of the film pushes it,” said Rice. The soundtrack was masterfully put together and the shots were perfectly centered on it, making it more of an experience than just a snowboard film. “So much of [the film] was centered around cinematography, our days revolved around catching two minutes of the right light in order to shoot. Everything we did we made a priority to hit during the right light,” said Rice, and after watching the film it’s clear that those aren’t just words. The Art of Flight features crisp, smooth heli shots from behind the Cineflex HD Camera System and incredible slow motion captured with the Phantom Flex camera. Couple this with Curt Morgan’s repute for perfection and talent behind the camera and you’ve got a snowboard film that covers all the angles, so to speak. –Chris Proctor
Defenders of Awesome/Ammo
On Friday, Sept. 2, the Post Theater at the University of Utah hosted the world premiere of Capita’s Defenders of Awesome and 32’s Ammo. 32’s Ammo, which features their AM team riders, was the first to be shown to all the eager tweens and teens that showed up. With about 30 minutes of fresh city spots and backcountry booters, people were stoked, especially with parts from local riders like Chris Brewster (with his 50/50 nollie to front board rail transfer) and Brandon Hobush (who has notoriously stylish front boards). Ammo was a good glimpse of the fresh new talent of some up-and-coming riders. After a few yells and lewd comments about drunken sisters, Defenders of Awesome began. Scott Stevens (Atcha Boi) had the first part, which was well deserved—with his signature skateboard-like, one-footed tricks, he takes snowboard creativity to the next level. Who else would board slide up a five-kink handrail? Local Cale Zima had a killer part as well, with bomb drops that would shatter the average person’s knees into shards of bone—like the 15-stair close-out rail gap that he casually floated over and ended with a smooth, flat landing—I guess that’s why the call him Kenny Chimps. Jess Kimura and Laura Hadar held it down for the ladies. Kimura’s part was one of the best female parts I have seen in a while, especially when she 5-0s a giant corrugated metal tube then throws a smooth backside 360 off it. Dan Brisse’s part is full of front boards off of a 30-foot cliff, front side 450s over the rail gardens double rail gap, and anything else that is big and ridiculous. The rest of the Defenders of Awesome riders included Brandon Cocard, TJ Schneider, Mike Rav, Andrew Burns, Dustin Craven and Phil Jacques. I wish I could tell you about everyone else’s part, but that would ruin the fun. Run to Milo or your local shred shop and pick up a copy of Capita’s Defenders of Awesome as well as 32’s Ammo, it will be well worth the cash and have you wishing it was winter time. –Jeremy Riley