X-Dance Review: After Dark (Ski)

Posted January 15, 2012 in

After Dark
Level 1 Productions
X-Dance Screening: Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 1pm

Level 1 productions offers one of the most interesting ski films I’ve seen in years. Featuring a team of the youngest and most innovative skiers shot in over a dozen locations including segments in Japan and Russia, After Dark is also refreshingly devoid of any narrative or annoying interview segments. Nothing but trick after trick after trick here. The main focus of the footage is urban locations for tricks including rails, kickers and loads of innovative and expressive features. There were things in this film that I’d never seen anybody do and the most impressive thing about it was the imagination exhibited by the likes of Parker White, Ahmet Dadali, Tom Wallisch and a lot more. Much of the filing was done at night to create an almost spooky mood to the whole thing, but whenever it was shot, every segment left me wanting more. There wasn’t as much big mountain footage as I usually like, but the sheer volume of novel, expressive moves in this film makes it an absolute must-see for this season. –Rio Connelly