At this time of the year, the snowsports movie companies release their footage into the wild to inspire/terrify us into booking our next snow adventure. However, the stalwarts of the game are now finding more and more independent producers coming up with both rider and cinematography skills to compete.
I will now take you through the most exciting prospects for your viewing pleasure this winter. (Click on the titles to see the trailers!)
The Art of Flight (Brain Farm): Perhaps one of the most anticipated films in this genre of all time. The trailer was released over 6 months ago and has fuelled a rider and media frenzy, leading to cinemas in San Francisco rammed full of people looking to get the first glimpse of Travis Rice’s signature film. Brain Farm are notorious for making the biggest, and most beautiful snowboard movies including ‘That’s it, That’s all’.
Being There (Field Productions): Field are carving a reputation for themselves as the strongest cinematographers of the bunch, and although they use mostly unknown Scandinavian skiers, they do not sacrifice anything on amplitude. Personally I will definitely buy this DVD, just watch the trailer and you will see why.
Attack of La Niña (Matchstick Productions): A film documenting the heaviest snowfall a North American winter has ever seen (bring some to Europe!) and the opportunities that arose from it. This film sees skiers such as Mark Abma and Colby West turn these unprecedented conditions into their own mountain playground.
The Grand Bizarre (Poor Boyz Productions): Never wanting to be outdone, Poor Boyz’ offering this year not only contains record-breaking tricks (Bobby Brown’s cork 1440), but there is also a separate DVD with a documentary on freeriding legend Seth Morrison. The highlight of this film, and one of the most incredible things I have ever seen, is Simon Dumont’s one-of-a-kind cubed half-pipe.
Jeremy Jones – Further (Teton Gravity Research): The 2nd instalment of Jeremy Jones’ trilogy explores some of the world’s most remote mountains while continuing Jones’ mission to camp deep in the backcountry and on the summits of unridden lines to access nearly vertical spines and wide open powder fields.