By Ethan Stone
Every year NS gives its respect to the little guys: regional companies trying
to make a break, or just the local kids throwing together a movie for the hell
of it, and selling it for whoever wants to see what's being thrown down in the
area. Here's our list of this season's movies; movies that you may not read
about in the magazines, movies that showcase local riders and capture the exploding
talents outside of the small world of the professionals. Check it out.
Off Trail Productions - First Light
Riders: Brent Neill, Austin Ramaley, John Symms, Ashley Battersby, Max and Tosh Peters, Stefan Thomas, Brandon Becker, Blake Nyman, Travis Perkins, Willy Schneider, Scott Havens, Al Lanning, the Groms, Josh Bibby, Craig Coker, Mike Wilson, and more
Locations: Park City, Superpark, Parkasaurus, Alta, Snowbird, Utah, BC, Whistler, Vail, Breck, Mt. Hood, Big Bear, Heavenly, SLC
Filmmaker's comment: "Get ready to see the hot shit from
the riders of the future! Pre order special!! Check website for details."
Theory-3 Media - Breathe & Stop
View the Trailer
Riders: James Heim, Colin Puskas, Tim Durtschi, Andy Mahre,
Erich Kunz, Matt Neiderhauser, Jason Ghidakis, Simon Tompson, Andy Stewart,
Charles Grant, Charles Gagnier, Ben Larsen, Craig Coker, Coby Trudell, Kyle
Gronely, Tyler Forman, Jeff Thomas, Charley Marian, Gina Gmeiner, and introducing
Locations: Mt. Baker WA, Stevens Pass WA, Snoqualmie WA, Washington
backcountry, British Columbia backcountry, Ottawa ON, Montreal QC, Toronto ON,
Chic Choc QC, Mammoth CA, Whistler BC, Mt. Seymour BC, Alpental WA, Stampede
Pass WA, Mt. Bachelor OR
The filmmaker says: "From the creative minds of Theory-3
Media and Jeff Thomas, we bring you Breathe & Stop. This film is a creative
outlook on the freeskiing world with a definitive flow not seen in other films.
Breathe & Stop has been focusing its assault on urban, big mountain, park
and backcountry jibbing. Both riders and production crew have gone to great
lengths to produce a film not typical of other ski films. Expect great music,
great riding, great editing, and great flow."
Hansen Films - Absence
Price/ordering info: DVD 150 SEK (about $20), pre-order at
hansenfilms.tk or freeride.nu
The filmmaker says: "Marcus Hansen brings you his second
film Absence. Follow skiers like Jacob Wester, Niklas KarlstrÃÂ¶m, Erik Strand
and Anton Silvola and more. Locations are all around Europe from Trysil, Norway
to Les 2 Alpes, France. Don't miss this year's most progressive jib film. Will
be out this August!"
Yellow Snow Productions - Super!
Riders: JP Solberg, Dan Marion, Matt Philippi, Dylan Hood,
Taylor Felton, Corey Vanular, Seth Gallant, Pat Waite, Silas Miller, Henrik
Lampert, Alex Balsen, Dan Kiesel, Dave Chrichton, Chas Watters, Tanner Rainville
Locations: Sunday River ME, Waterville Valley NH, Sugarloaf
ME, Okemo VT, Stratton VT, Killington VT, Mount Snow VT, Breckenridge CO, June
Mountain CA, Vail CO, Naeba Japan, Mammoth CA, Whistler BC, Tignes France, Mt.
Hood OR, New Zealand, and others
The filmmaker says: "Yellow Snow Productions presents
'Super!,' the most unconventional freeride skiing film ever
produced. "Super!" is a documentary covering the lives of the freshest
faces in the freeskiing industry.Shot all over the globe, this film features
many diverse locations. 'Super!' will be available on both VHS and DVD. The
DVD will include bonus footage from throughout the 2003-2004 season."
H3O Films - Hibachi King
Price: $14.95 DVD
Riders: Scott Hibbert, Travid Redd, Corey Vanular, Mike Nick,
Iannick B, Paul Calabrese, Jeff Curry, Chris Guliano, Craig Coker, Mike Wilson,
Peter Olenick, Dave Crichton, Andy Woods
Locations: Okemo VT, Mammoth CA, Mt. Snow VT, Keystone CO,
Vail CO, Whistler BC, Killington VT, rural Mass.
The filmmaker says: "Featuring some of the best skiers
around, as well as some up and comers that have made an impact on
skiing this year. Hibachi King promises to not disappoint. The DVD also features
plenty of bonus footage including "video magazine" style short films
frommajor competitions, Freeskier Jibfest short films, and much more...the movie
is 90% non-comp footage.
Meathead Films - Schooled, Epoch
Price/ordering info: Available through Video Action Sports
Riders: Joe Morabito, Alec Stall, Erme Catino, Simon Thomson,
Jason Ghikadis, Rooster, Geoff McDonald, Dave Bouchard, Dave Watson, Roy Tuscany,
Locations: Stowe VT, Sugarbush VT, Jay Peak VT, Mad River
Glen VT, Stratton VT, Chic Choc Mountains QC, Mt. Mansfield VT, Mt. Washington
NH, Mt. Marcy NY, Mt. Greylock MA, Katahdin ME, Mont Saint Saveur QC, Val St.
Come QC, Sunday River ME
The filmmaker says: "Schooled" - Grab your bologna
sandwich and hop on the school bus to join the Meathead crew as they explore
what it means to be a skier on the East Coast. Blending new school with old,
"Schooled" takes the viewer on a unique ski journey through New England
and Eastern Canada. Watch the Meatheads shred the Stowe backcountry, explore
the East's best terrain parks and make first descents in the incredible Chic
Choc mountains of Quebec. Featuring the best backcountry footage this side of
the Mississippi, "Schooled" will knock your gym socks off. Forget
what you know. Get Schooled!
"Epoch" - Epoch (ep'ek): A particular period of history, especially
one considered remarkable or noteworthy. "Epoch" is the 2004 release
from Meathead Films that looks into the rich history of ski mountaineering in
the Eastern U.S. Join seven young skiers on their quest to conquer five of the
Northeast's highest peaks in a single season (Mt. Washington, NH; Mt. Marcy,
NY; Mt. Greylock, MA; Mt. Mansfield, VT; Katahdin, ME). Witness their struggles,
laugh at their antics, and enjoy incredible backcountry skiing in places you've
never seen before. Combining the Meatheads' memorable expeditions along with
the fascinating alpine history of each mountain, this film will take you on
a truly "Epoch" journey.
SAS - Wicked
Riders: Alex Balsen, Sean Decker, Forrest Frizzell, Justin
Gillern, Stu Halverson, Travis Heed, Matt Iovanni, Chris Johnson, Dan Keisel,
John Lippiatt, Sean Logan, Jesse Mallis, Richie Paradise, JP Solberg, Ryan Vescovi,
Colby West, and more
Locations: East Coast (and not a single shot from anywhere
The filmmaker says: "The East Coast has never been known
for great skiing. Year after year riders and filmmakers move west in search
of bigger and better terrain. Wicked is about those who have stayed behind and
chosen to rip it up in the place they call home."
Two Plank Productions - Unwritten History
Price/ordering info: $24 @ http://www.twoplank.com, 970-349-0350
Riders: Steve Florentine, Ted Davenport, Jesse Hall, Peter
Olenick, Michael Olenick, Tom Dolezal, Jeff Berman, Jon
Reedy, Ben Furimski, Rex Thomas, Matt Mikos, Justin Bunting, Brandon Clabaugh
and Bobby Gipps
Locations: Colorado: Crested Butte, Aspen/Snowmass, Steamboat,
Breckenridge, Copper and the San Juan Mountains. California: Parkasaraus, June
Mountain, and Mammoth Mountain. Oregon: Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood.
The filmmaker says: "Unwritten History is the fourth
release from Two Plank Productions. This film is a harmonic blend of amazing
ski footage and high energy music. Unwritten History was shot on location in
the Western United States, and delivers top notch professional athletes and
up and comers alike to raise the bar in the ever-developing sport of freeskiing.
Helmet cams, deep powder, sick lines, big parks, ill rails, nasty gaps, water
tower jibs, and a 120 foot 9-picnic table jib to ladder down grind highlights
the new film. Unwritten History captures what is still to come for the sport
of skiing and will shape the history books of freeskiing forever. This film
asks, 'What if the new skiing movement never happened? What if it still hasn't?'
Flatulous Films & Alltheski.com
These dudes from Spain have been so busy shooting in the Pyrenees and Les 2
Alpes that they haven't had time to name the movie or put together a trailer.
The film will be released for free online. If you've never
seen a skiing website in Spanish before, check it out.
Riders:Marc Vallejo, Pep de NavÃÂ s, Tomi Blanc, Aitor Ortueta, Guillem
FernÃÂ¡ndez, Marc de Diego, Jordi Munmany, Albert Lopez, Gerard Lopez,
Esteve Munmany, and many more.
Locations: Pas de la Casa-Grau Roig, Soldeu-El Tarter, Les 2 Alpes, Cerler, AstÃÂºn, Tavascan.
New Way Productions - Forecast
View the Trailer
Price: $10 VHS/ $15 DVD
Riders: Jean-Denis Zicat, Justin Meilleur, P-O Plante, JP
Caron, Phil Lambert, FranÃÂ§ois Jacques, David Beaulieu, Guillaume Bouchard,
J-S Plante, Jean-Nick Bouchard, Eve Morneau
Locations: Stoneham Qc, le Relais Qc, Val-Saint-CÃÂ´me
Qc, Whistler BC
The filmmaker says: "Forecast is an amateur movie made
by people from Quebec. The riders featured in it are some of the best amateurs
of their age (15 to 17 years old) in Quebec. We filmed all season long in various
parks including 418 park in Stoneham, Pro park in Le Relais, Val-Saint-CÃÂ´me's
park, and we filmed at many events and competitions like the D-Structure Ski
Jam, the Kokanee Rumble and all other KDX events. The movie will be out this
September, and the premiere will be held at the Imax Theater in Quebec City."
Bottle Cap Productions - Prohibited
Price/ordering info: $5-10, email@example.com
Riders: Danny Smylie, Chris Caldwell, Jeff Schmitz, Davey Lerdahl,
Carter Theis, Tim Hutchinson, Emily Blewitt, Scott Blewitt, Sven Krause, Nick
Madson, Graham Owen, Noah Wetzel, Verona Crew, and more
Locations: Whistler BC, Copper, Vail, Tyrol Basin, Cross Plains
The filmmaker says: "This video is composed of mostly
Tyrol Basin Locals along with some skateboarding and shots from our trips out
west for an added touch. This film shows the fun side of the sport and the good
times, taking things back to what they're all supposed to be about, Fun."
Skifilm.no - Third Attempt
Price: approx. $20
Riders: Andreas HÃÂ¥tveit, Grete Eliason, Lars Veen
The filmmaker says: "The most anticipated freeski movie
in Norway following the success of Skifilm.no's "Second Attempt" in
2003. International level jibbing and freesking from Scandinavia's best skiers
whack throughout this dynamic short video. Whilst on a low budget, this film
achieves a high standard of production using a diverse range of different camera
angles and innovative shooting techniques."
Stept Productions - To Whom it May Concern
Riders: Nick Martini, Alex Martini, Matt Morrison, Harry Jostrum,
HankGarrett, The Cannon Mafia, and many others
Locations: All over the East Coast
The Filmmaker says: "To Whom it May Concern" drops
July 4th, and should be almost an hour long plus bonus footage, check out http://www.steptproductions.com
for more info!
Zenith Films - IndiVisuals
Price/ordering info: $10 DVD, P.O. Box 19 Ketchum, Idaho 83340
Riders: Collin Collins, Michael Mcclure, Corey Warren, Reed
Boeger, Karl Fostvedt, Yancy Caldwell
Locations: Mostly Sun Valley, ID and Park City, UT
The filmmaker says: "The film is very impressive and
features some very talented kids and amazing editing. A lot of park shredding
and some crazy handrails in the sun valley area as well as some great backcountry
booters. Hot soundtrack including Talib Kweli, Atmosphere, Postal Service, Outkast,
and lots more. You won't be let down by IndiVisuals; 'our only intention,
is to take you high...'"
Field Productions - Suspense
Riders: Christopher Frankum, JÃÂ¸rgen Platou Willumsen,Lasse
Nyhaugen, Henrik Lampert, Filip Christensen and more.
Locations: Colorado, Saas Fee, Andermatt, Varingskollen, Trysil,
and other locations in Norway
The filmmaker says: "I'm from Norway so don't expect
perfect English. This is a amateur ski movie from Norway. The movie contains
young and talented skiers. Our movie is gettin' finished this fall."
HDP Films - Solid Powder III
Price: Free over the Internet; 20-25 EU ($23-29 USD) for the
"Solid Powder Series" DVD, which includes all three Solid Powder films
plus hours of unseen footage
The filmmaker says: "The filming of the third episode
of the Solid Powder- series, Internet distributed skiing- and snowboard movie,
is proceeding as planned. While the main focus has been on the Scandinavian
scene, the cameras have been rolling all the way from France to Japan and the
US. Without a doubt the biggest sessions were held at a brand new Snow Park
in Levi, Finland. Some of the biggest jumps ever seen this far up north were
captured from a helicopter giving awesome bird-eye views of the action.
The filming will proceed all the way to the end of July, the next stop being
the Lyngen-fjords in Norway and Riksgransen resort in northern Sweden."
Team RGG - Nou Name
Price: Free on the Internet
Riders: Tiger, Mike-O, Jammu, Timol, Iisko, Cors and many
more from NS
Locations: Talma, Ylls, Secret Spots, Vihti, Sappee, Himos,
and Stryn, Norway
The filmmaker says: "This movie includes nice editing
without fancy mothafucka effects and good upcoming talent from Finland. We have
some segments for pro riders too, and I believe you will like this movie. But
remember: we made this film for ourselves, not to please other people,so it's
all about having fun,when out skiing,drinking or editing. Enjoy it when it's
released in the summer."
Goon Squad Productions - The Rise
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Riders: Steve Shelby, Henry Friend, Ben Anderson, Mike Hornbeck,
Manny the Gorilla, the Michigan Militia
Locations: Marquette Mountain MI, Midwest Superpark, Breckenridge
CO , Winter Park CO, Spirit Mtn. MN, Nubs Nob MI, Boyne Highlands MI, Bittersweet
MI, Tyrol Basin WI, other secret locales
The filmmaker says: GSP's third full length ski movie produced
by the infamous action sportsfilm maker Leroy Holmes, and featuring THE BEST
skiing in the Midwest. Witness Steve Shelby's 80-foot switch 1260, or Ben Anderson's
quad kink urban rail slide. Licensed music!
FARP - Macaroni & Steeze
http://www.farp.tk --- View
Price: $5 DVD, free online
Riders: Fred Reyez, Tyler Wackerle, Randall Brown, Tim Light,
Kari Neier, Bryan Madaleno
Locations: Apple Mountain, Mt. Holly, Nubs Nob, Boyne Highlands,
Heim's House, Tyler's House, Boyne Highlands, Marquette Mountain, Shanty Creek
The filmmaker says: "This is FARP's second movie. It
is a HUGE improvement over the original FARP and I hope you enjoy our progression
as much as we did."
Freezing Point 32 - Damaged Goods
http://www.fp32.com --- View
Price: $10-12 DVD
Riders: Tommy Price, Craig Moore, Alex Perfect, Richie Fahey,
Bart Singleton, Travis Feiss, Stephen Osborn, Tad Feiss, Michael Liggett, Stephanie
Osborn, Liz Sedler, Becca Sedler, Adam Weaver, and others
Locations: Perfect North Slopes, Snowtrails, Paoli Peaks,
Whistler, Boyne,Marquette, and all around the Midwest
The filmmaker says: "This movie is gonna be titties in
RightSide Productions- Unspoken
http://www.rightsideproductions.com --- Watch the Trailer
Price: $10 DVD, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Riders: Josh Malczyk, Jason Alamed, Justin Gillern, Joe Gaetani, Dan Fisher, Mike Galves, Andy Street, Paul Skarvinko
Locations: All over New England, Tahoe, Whistler
The filmmaker says: "This is our second full length video and it will not dissapoint. There will tons of insane skiing and snowboarding as well as skateboarding, biking, and rediculous sport bike action. Be sure to check it out as well as the East Coast Alliance team video and the Green Mountain Outlaws sport bike video later this winter."