Let’s Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow
Peep Show Films
Considering the overwhelming guy-to-girl ratio in the snowboarding industry, it’s nice to see a ladies-only shred flick drop amongst the bro-heavy films of fall. That being said, when I watch a snowboarding movie, I want to see some amazing shit go down. A good shred film delivers mind-blowing stunts that no one at your local mountain is throwing down, and that’s what I was hoping for from these girls. Sadly, they didn’t deliver. Lady shred veteran Laura Hadar and up-and-comer Jess Kimura held down the movie with two banger parts at the beginning. Hadar killed it as usual—no surprise there. It was Kimura that really left me in awe—the lady’s got technique and style for days and the balls to go big. From there, it’s another 15 minutes of, “Eh, that was kinda cool,” but none of it left me saying, “Holy-fucking-shit,” like I had hoped it would. At a brief 20 minutes, Better Mistakes definitely isn’t the best bang for your hard-earned buck. For a first production from a brand-new film company, it’s a good effort, but it’s not quite there yet. Hopefully, in the years to come, Peep Show will work out some of the kinks and come back with a more impressive film. –Katie Panzer
The new Absinthe film, Now/Here, is a movie for those who dream of being able to throw down five grand on a helicopter to take them to those perfect powder stashes. Absinthe aspires to save the environment, with a portion of the proceeds from the video going to the Salt Lake Bike Collective and Protect Our Winters. If you’re like me and don’t get a chubby from people going mach 5 down an 80-degree slope, there are still a few epic parts for you. Cale Zima, Dan Brisse and Bode Merrill hold down the street parts in the video and knocked me out of the big mountain daze this film initially sucked me into. With Zima’s infamous slams, which should break him in half, and Dan Brisse’s parking-garage-to-parking-garage road gap, I’d say the movie is worth buying for their parts alone, even if you have to fast-forward through eight backcountry parts. There was only one backcountry segment that got my attention and that I’ve never seen in a snowboard movie. Wolfgang Nyvelt’s no-board part is by far one of the most amazing parts in the video. He is dropping cliffs and bombing hills that most people would be too scared to drop with both feet strapped in. There are even a few shots of him hitting a log jam into three feet of powder. Even though this movie seems to be geared toward the backcountry gurus, I feel that whether you’re a fan of big mountain riding or street jibbin’, this movie will get you excited for the upcoming season. –Jeremy Riley
One Love Ski & Snowboard Club premiers:
On Sept. 16, the U of U’s One Love Ski and Snowboard Club held premiers of two films—Transworld’s In Color and People Creative’s Cheers—in the U of U’s Fine Arts Auditorium. The 300 + capacity auditorium was filled to the brim with excited skiers and snowboarders crammed in their seats and others standing in the aisles and hallways. It was a classic scene as fans waited for the films to start with friendly games of S-K-A-T-E, free energy drinks and contests for bindings and sweet prize packs provided by Burton.
As soon as this film got underway, Mikkel Bang took the reins with the opening of the film, filling his part with a slew of backcountry booters and drops from Whistler to Tahoe. A good portion of the film feature Quebec’s famous urban terrain with some of the more notable parts highlighting riders such as Jake Olson Elm and Phil Jacques. The best part about Elm and Jacques’ riding iss the degree of creativity, which is becoming more and more vital to having an entertaining part in a film these days. Jussi Oksanen has one of the most visually stunning tricks in the entire film with his gap over the “mother” gap, and longhair Keegan Valaika wraps things up showcasing his superior urban style. All in all, In Color is a good film with some creative riding and a solid cast. –Chris Proctor
Cheers featured a solid crew of riders, among them Utah locals the Real Jeremy Jones, JP Walker and Aaron Biittner. Before the showing, I got a chance to catch up with Biittner and ask him about his part in the film. “I shattered my collarbone on January 4, had surgery on January 7, then it was like a two month recovery from there … but I was still able to salvage a part in the midst of everything,” said Bittner. His part consisted completely of backcountry booters filmed in Tahoe and various locations in Canada. This film contained significantly more urban riding and was delightfully creative. Jones toned down the front binding shove-it tricks and focused more on getting smooth, solid and technical. Walker went big and ended up snapping his board in half. Shaun McKay had some pretty sweet head-cam footage and Joe Sexton ended the film in good form with an odd choice of music and some seriously talented rail riding. Cheers is definitely the “must buy” of this year’s snowboard films. –Chris Proctor
Gunnie Season / Eye Trip
Level 1 Productions
Salt Lake is a city of culture that is evolving on a daily basis. We have art gallery strolls, skateboarding events, even fashion shows. For some reason, one of the greatest cultures that makes up SLC often gets overlooked. Yet on Sept. 23, the SLC ski culture was in full effect and it managed to join forces to create an almost gallery stroll of its own.
It started at the world headquarters of our own local ski manufacturer 4Frnt for the grand opening of their new storefront. They greeted us with a DJ booth, skate spot in the “FRNT yard”, mini ramp out back, and hot dogs Chicago-style with celery salt and all—very classy.
After dragging the dogs through the garden we headed up to the Rail Event Center to catch the first flick of the double feature, Gunnie Season, a film by the local crew 4bi9. I have been watching these guys ski since they were about 12—which is only about a year or two ago—but they kill it. In the past few years these guys have really stepped it up, more pow, bigger lines, less rails, better shots, and more locations. I do have to say that I miss the chopped & screwed beats of the old 4bi9 days, but I like where they are going, and with their crew of Wallisch, Keefer, Kiesel, Manney, Holson, Euler and others, the direction they are definitely going is up.
Level 1’s Eye Trip was up next, and as always their movies never cease to impress. With a heavy line up of skiers and world-class locations this is probably one of the better flicks of the season. Highlights included the European trip with Wiley Miller, Duncan Adams and Josh Bibby all skiing blower pow. Watching people send the massive booter at the end, that looked like a giant butt crack landing, was the epitome of how big park jumps have evolved in recent years. Overall, it was a solid night for SLC ski culture and good way to bring in the upcoming winter. –Mike Reff