Stowe, VT (PressExposure) November 25, 2008 -- Each year, the newest releases from the ski/snowboard film industry's top production companies, along with submissions from promising amateur filmmakers converge on the Green Mountains. The result is 7 days of adrenaline-pumping action, stunning cinematography and intense documentaries that are sure to whet your appetite for the coming winter season. Here is the schedule. All shows are at 7pm:
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2008 LOCATION: AKELEY BUILDING (TOWN HALL) âSATSIFACTION GUARANTEEDâ BY Free Radicals and "HARMLESS" by Tough Guy Productions COST: $5/person Satisfaction Guaranteed âA Wild FreeRide from Alaska to the Swedish Backcountry With Skiers Like: Henrik Windstedt, Winner of FreeRide World Tour 2008; Marja Persson, Winner of Verbier Extreme; Jon Larsson, Winner of Powder Magazine Video Award; Sverre Liliequist, Winner of Powder Magazine Video Award.
"Harmless" is a manifested dream to travel the world, experience new places, learn from other cultures, try different foods, make new friends, and feel irie by exploring new terrain in deep fresh powder. SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2008 LOCATION: CHARLIE B'S (at Stoweflake Resort and Spa) "INTREPID DESCENT" by Thokk Productions and 'THE WISH LIST' by Blacksmith Productions COST: FREE!
"Intrepid Descent" captures the classic backcountry skiing experience of Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. The documentary explores the rich history of the ravine, which has been home to triumph and tragedy since the early 1920's.
Focusing on all aspects of the ascent and decent, "The Wish List" is more than just another film with line after line, jump after jump scenes. Featuring clips from Crested Butte, British Columbia, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and scenes from all over Colorado, this film shows the joy, the sweat, the love, and dedication involved in chasing dreams and fulfilling The Wish List. MONDAY DECEMBER 1, 2008 LOCATION: VERMONT SKI MUSUEM "LET IT RIDE- THE CRAIG KELLY STORY" by Locomotion Films COST: FREE! The feature-length documentary spans over 25 years and follows snowboarding biggest icon and World Champion Craig Kelly from his early rides as a Mt. Baker Hardcore all the way to his final days and the events that lead him to his death with six others in an avalanche in January 2003 while studying to become the first accredited mountain guide on a snowboard.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 2, 2008 LOCATION: TOWN & COUNTRY RESORT "RECORDINGS" by IncProductions "600 INCHES" by Storm Show Studios COST: FREE!
"Recordings" was submitted by an Emerging Filmmaker to the Fest. Ian Clarkâs movie meshes contemporary thought and concern into a snowboarding context.
"600â highlights some of the banner 2007/08 winter for a cadre of devoted Jackson Hole skiers and riders. 600â captures some of the excitement of last winter, remembered among even longtime Jackson Hole skiers as one of the best since the mountain resort began attracting diehards more than 40 years ago.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 3, 2008 LOCATION: VERMONT SKI MUSEUM "BRITISH COLUMBIA: SKIING THE JEWEL OF CANADA" by Backcountry TV and "HAND CUT" by Sweetgrass Productions COST: FREE!
From the hand-fired railroad days in Revelstoke to the miners of Colorado's San Juan Mountains, "Hand Cut" blends old-timer wisdom with self-propelled, big mountain, lines from Alaska, British Columbia, and Colorado. The Hand Cut release includes endless pillow lines in the BC interior; exposed descents in the Coast Range with ski mountaineering legend John Chilton; brilliantly shot inverts over the old wood mines on Red Mountain Pass, Colorado; and the original deep-country blues of John-Alex Mason. Hand Cut: self-propelled stories.
Backcountry TV's "British Columbia: Skiing the Jewel of Canada." Host Micah Black, Scot Schmidt and the Backcountry TV crew explore and ski the front and backsides of the stunning Selkirk and Kootenay mountains of British Columbia, from the wilds of Roger's Pass and rustic lifts near Nelson to the modern resort of Revelstoke and heliskiing bliss at Snowwater Lodge.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 4, 2008 LOCATION: PIECASSO "MY OWN TWO FEET" by Leeward Cinema COST: FREE!
Leeward Cinema presents something entirely new for the snowboard filmmaking community-a movie produced without using any fossil fuel. 100% sustainable!! Instead of using sleds, helis, and chairlifts, they used human power. "My Own Two Feet" is the result of months hiking, traversing, winter camping, and sub-zero nights in some of the remote and undocumented terrain in the California Sierra Mountains. Featuring eighteen of the best and most diverse riders in snowboarding, including Jeremy Jones, Chris Demolski, Erik Leines, Tom Burt, Dave Downing, Barrett Christy, Eddie Wall, and more.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 5, 2008 LOCATION: RUSTY NAIL "HEAD FOR THE HILLS" by Meathead Productions and "CLAIM" by Matchstick Productions COST: $5/person
Prepare to indulge with the Meatheads... Follow this beefy bunch of dudes as they attempt to ski as many hills, heaps, piles, peaks, mounds, and mountains as they possibly can in one winter. Steep or flat, remote backcountry or urban sprawl, Meathead Films documents the full spectrum of topographical terrain found in the Northeast. Guaranteed to be 110% radical.
MSP brings their award-winning approach to the table with "CLAIM", "The Greatest Ski Movie... EVER!" this time poking fun at themselves and the industry as a whole. Highlights from the film include the introduction of 15-year-old phenom Sean Pettit, early season deep pow with Mark Abma, Matchstickâs return to Alaska over the course of four epic shoots, and a speed riding session from Chamonix, France.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 6, 2008 LOCATION: AKELY BUILDING (TOWN HALL) 'ISELANKA' by Cecile Cusin and 'THE PACT' by Powderwhore Productions and 'THE FINE LINE' by Rocky Mountain Sherpa Productions COST: $5/person
Cecile Cusin, young French Filmmaker, submitted her first short film "Islenska, on the road to unearth Iceland's secrets" to the Festival. She takes the viewer on an adventure across Iceland.
"The Pact" is born of early mornings, deep trail breaking, frostbite, sunrises, worn meniscus, close calls, and countless faceshots. In the end, it's about commitment to untracked snow and those who have chosen to break that trail.
"The Fine Line", directed by Calgary-raised Dave Mossop, this scenically jaw-dropping film mixes Warren Miller-like scenes that will make skiers and snowboarders salivate with sobering tales from avalanche survivors. Mossop also mixes in a dramatic re-enactment of a tragic 1997 avalanche at Fortress Mountain.
All films come to life in vivid large-format digital. If you haven't seen where the latest boundaries of action sports have been pushed, whether it be on the snow, on land, on water, or in the air, you MUST come experience the Stowe Mountain Film Festival.
Proceeds benefit the Vermont Ski Museum, which is located at 1 South Main Street in Stowe village. For more information, visit the web site http://www.stowefilmfest.com or call 802-253-9911 x 201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our sponsors: Lance Violette Design, Inc., Piecasso (www.piecasso.com), Town and Country Resort (www.townandcountrystowe.com), Backcountry Magazine (www.backcountrymagazine.com).