How did you handle snow safety?
Some production companies and projects have a lot of support. This helps push the riding further. In Kyrgyzstan we were a couple thousand miles from the nearest clinic and probably a hundred miles from the road, so we were pretty safe on the riding aspect. For terrain management, everything is so big there, you just have to read it, feel it, and have good communication with your crew. Spring riding is interesting, it’s pretty safe but you need to choose the right time of day when it’s not too hot. This meant we’d sometimes have twenty-two hours of hiking for a two-second shot. The filming to suffering ratio was very off…
How did your body handle the acclimation?
For the first twelve days, we were hiking and riding just sixteen thousand-foot peaks. We had a couple of days left and I thought we were set physically, although we had been living off sardines, oatmeal, and butter for the last few weeks. We attempted to go for Lenin peak and we were one-fourth of the way there on our second day, which was pretty good, when we decided to call it off because everything was just falling apart. Seracs falling to our left, mud and rocks slides to our right – the mountains were just alive.
(Returning to the three experiences)
Japan, in general, is number two. Just the powder, it’s so chill. All the other stuff after Japan, the ice, the danger, just being frequently scared, that all makes me appreciate how chill Japan was. No matter what you’re riding there, the consequences weren’t as high as the other places we ended up. It might sound stupid, but I appreciated the 7-Elevens. We had very long days of filming and the late-night sushi and coffee at the 7-Elevens was not that bad!
Number three might be finishing this project! It’s been a pain in my ass, but I love it so much.
Now that the light is at the end of the tunnel, what’s next?
We have seven screenings that have been booked and signed (as of Aug. 24th) in the U.S. and in Europe. We have a bunch in South America that haven’t been added yet. We have about 15 more stops not officially on the tour yet (see below).
The plan is to go on tour from September through early winter and then once the tour is over put it in film festivals. I’m not sure about after that but I might put it online for free or Vimeo on demand or iTunes. So that hasn’t been decided yet, I don’t know how well or poorly the film is going to do, I just want to get everyone to watch it and enjoy it.
We’ve been curious here at Spark as we watched the project come along how you were going to tie it all together and make it come full circle.
(laughing) It might never come full circle and that’s ok. It's like a four-fifths circle. It’s almost full, it's just good enough. It’s very hard to get the educational, cultural, conservation, and snowboarding altogether but I think we did. The movie is fifty-five minutes long and it’s to anyone who understands the mountains or enjoys the outdoors; they will get sucked into the movie. It’s a story of all of us; it puts you in the speaker's shoes and makes you understand the environment and each other. It’s not a negative film, it doesn’t bash people, it just enlightens you about what’s going on and who your neighbor is across the ocean.
The Andes and Patagonia Photos
P: Alvaro Zurita, Eric Parker, and Jasper Gibson
Any shout outs or thank you’s?
There are too many people to thank to name them all right here. It would take too long. Besides the sponsors, beyond the ski industry, it’s the friends and family. It’s all the trust. It’s been beautiful and humbling having people believe in my work.
You know like they say, ‘It takes a community to raise a child’.
It takes a village.
If it wasn’t for the support, advice, and input of the outdoor community this would have ended probably two-years-ago.
When is the world premiere going down?
September 27th in Golden Colorado at the American Mountaineering Museum.
How do people get more information about Connections Movement films and Yugen?
Connectionsmovement.com has all the tour dates and our social channels are also a great way to keep up with what we're doing.
Check out the official trailer!
|Golden, CO, USA
||American Mountaineering Museum
|Denver, CO, USA
||Vauxhall at The Ramble Hotel
|Vail, CO, USA
||Blue Light Drive In
|Cambridge, MA, USA
||Massachusetts Institue of Technology
||Helios Wroclaw Magnolia Park
|Bozeman, MT, USA
|Spokane, WA, USA
||The Garland Theatre
||Krawkowskie Centrum Kinowe ARS
|Portland, OR, USA
|Portland, OR, USA
||TREW Gear HQ
||Cinema Coeur d'Or
|Leavenworth, WA, USA
||Icicle Creek Center for the Arts