Grete Eliassen, the main subject of the film "Say My Name"
Say My Name
Directors: Stan Evans & Jeremy Miller
In an age of male dominated sports, especially in Salt Lake City where the ski scene suffers from a raging case of testosterone poisoning, it is nice to see a film that highlights the feminine side of snow sliding. In Stan Evans and Jeremy Miller’s film "Say My Name", the unlikely pair of directors follows around local hero, and accomplished young woman, Grete Eliassen as she makes her mark on the world. The film focuses on Eliassen’s rise from a park-centric youth to a backcountry slaying goddess of the modern era. Her clean style and no bullshit attitude make her a perennial candidate for female athlete of the year, and the film’s footage bears testimony to just that. “Skiing isn’t about the podium, it’s about the experiences and adventures you go on,” says Eliassen in the film. From killing it in the pipe, to jibbing the Nation’s capital, she lays down silky smooth vibes and has a knack for making those around her smile. Perhaps one of the most exhilarating portions of the film is when Grete goes huge at The Canyons in a world-record breaking hip jump attempt. Going it alone has never been a problem for Eliassen, and she proves her worth as she boosts 31 feet off a custom built hip to put her name at the top of the list of badassness. Joined in her quest for female supremacy, Grete shares the screen with legends Suzanne Graham and Lynsey Dyer, along with a long list of up and comers. Complementing the bold cinematography is a bumpin’ soundtrack that really pulls the viewer in and makes them appreciate the capacity that women have to change the direction of the sport. During the two-year production of "Say My Name", the directors spent their time working with Eliassen and company to find the best locations to practice their craft. The team traveled around North America and filmed in Montana, Utah, Canada, California and even Washington D.C. “I’d say D.C. was probably the coolest. Especially since I spent some time lobbying for women’s skiing on the very steps I was sliding,” added Eliassen. As the role of women in skiing becomes more prevalent, people like Grete will be there to lend a hand and get people stoked. I would reckon that even the men would be inspired when they see the gals bangin’ turns out of the heli or snowmobiling the nether reaches of the American West.