DANA POINT, Calif., Jan. 9, 2009 – POWDER Magazine today announced the nominees for the 2009 POWDER Video Awards and Reader Poll Presented by We Ski & Snowboard™.

“Since the inception of the POWDER Video Awards nine years ago, the number and quality of ski films continues to grow, demonstrating the vitality and demand for ski cinematography,” said POWDER Editor Derek Taylor. “This year, to address the demand, we added two new categories recognizing the creativity of the filmmakers – ‘Best Editing’ and ‘Best Cinematography.’”

POWDER asks each film company to submit their entries for each category except for “Movie of the Year.” Nominees for the coveted “Movie of the Year” honor are selected by a POWDER-appointed expert panel of judges after all of the films are viewed. Of the more than 30 titles submitted this year, the following five earned nominations for the prestigious “Movie of the Year”: Claim by Matchstick Productions, Reasons by Poor Boyz Productions, Under the Influence by Teton Gravity Research, The Massive by Red Bull Moving Pictures, and Hunting Yeti by Nimbus Entertainment.

The nominees for the remaining video categories are:

Best Point of View (POV)

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (Under the Influence) by Teton Gravity Research

Jon Hatveit and Andreas Hatveit (Reasons) by Poor Boys Productions

Tim Durtschi, Jossi Wells & Kris Ostness (44 Days) by Kris Ostness/Atomic

Tim Durtschi, Kevin Brower (44 Days) by Kris Ostness/Atomic

Best Powder

Kyler Cooley, Dylan Natale (Such is Life) by Rage Films

Mark Abma, T.J. Schiller and C.R. Johnson (Claim) by Matchstick Productions

J.P. Auclair and Chris Benchetler (Reasons) by Poor Boyz Productions

Tim Durtschi and Kevin Brower (44 Days) by Kris Ostness/Atomic

Best Line

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (Under the Influence) byTeton Gravity Research

Eric Hjorleifson (Claim) by Matchstick Productions

Tanner Hall (The Massive) by Red Bull Moving Pictures

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (Under the Influence) by Teton Gravity Research

Ian McIntosh (Under the Influence) by Teton Gravity Research

Best Manmade Air

Simon Dumont (Claim) by Matchstick Productions

Mike Wilson (Jib Jam) by Poor Boyz Productions

Jacob Wester (Claim) by Matchstick Productions

Pep Fujas (Hunting Yeti) by Nimbus Productions

Ian Cosco (Such is Life) by Rage Films

Best Natural Air

Mark Abma (Reasons) by Poor Boyz Productions

Seth Morrison (Under the Influence) by Teton Gravity Research

Sean Pettit (Claim) by Matchstick Productions

Tanner Hall (The Massive) by Red Bull Moving Pictures

Best Jib

Will Wesson (Head for the Hills) by Meathead Films

Tanner Hall (The Massive) by Red Bull Moving Pictures

Sammy Carlson (Reasons) by Poor Boyz Productions

Will Wesson (Head for the Hills) by Meathead Films

Will Wesson (Turbo) by Level 1 Productions

Best Male Performance

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (Under the Influence) by Teton Gravity Research

Mark Abma (Claim) by Matchstick Productions

Tanner Hall (The Massive) by Red Bull Moving Pictures

Eric Hjorleifson (Claim) by Matchstick Productions

Sammy Carlson (Reasons) by Poor Boyz Productions

Best Female Performance

Ingrid Backstrom (Claim) by Matchstick Productions

Jamie Burge (Such is Life) by Rage Films

Marja Persson (Satisfaction Guaranteed) by Free Radicals

Jackie Paaso (AK the Hard Way) by Adventure Film Works

Best Concept

The Fine Line by Rocky Mountain Sherpas

AK the Hard Way by Adventure Film Works

Hunting Yeti by Nimbus Entertainment

Hand Cut by Sweetgrass Productions

Best Editing

Hunting Yeti by Nimbus Entertainment

Claim by Matchstick Productions

44 Days by Kris Ostness

The Fine Line by Rocky Mountain Sherpas

Reasons by Poor Boyz Productions

Best Cinematography

Claim by Matchstick Productions

The Massive by Red Bull Moving Pictures

Turbo by Level One Productions

44 Days by Kris Ostness

Under the Influence by Teton Gravity Research

In addition to the Video Awards and the unveiling of the top 10 male and top five female POWDER Poll winners, honors will be presented for “Breakthrough Performance” and “Full Throttle.”

The 2009 POWDER Video Awards and Reader Poll Presented by We Ski & Snowboard will take place Friday, January 23rd, 2009 at the Jerome Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. Attendance is by invitation only, but the event will be webcast live at http://www.powderawards.com beginning at 7:30 p.m. (MST) with live red carpet arrivals immediately followed by the live Awards show beginning at 8:00 p.m. (MST).

Special thanks to the sponsors of the 2009 POWDER Video Awards and Reader Poll: We Ski and Snowboard, Aspen Skiing Company, Helly Hansen, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Red Bull Skiing.

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