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With the kids going back to school today winter is going to be here before we know. With the Freeze Festival less than seven weeks away and the ski season officially arriving in under 100 days, here are five awesome films that are getting us excited about the coming winter.
Jeremy Jones' Further
Jeremy Jones' Further is this year's epic and follows on from Deeper — which was released in 2010. Deeper took us, well, deeper into the mountains and Further promises to, you guessed it, take us further into the mountains. Whether you ski or snowboard you will be able to appreciate the incredible riding and ground-breaking destinations, that Jeremy Jones will take you to, in this film.
Warren Miller's Flow State
Winter officially starts when the Warren Miller tour begins, so it would be rude not to mention this year's offering, Flow State. Flow State will no doubt be filled with incredible lines, inspiring destinations and their renowned thematic approach — this years seem to be about the outer body experience skiing brings for many of us. Polar bears, powder, parks, world class pros and terrifyingly good groms are all in store for you.
Absinthe Films have been making some of the most fun-filled snowboard films for years and Resonance looks like it will follow suit. They balance freeride and freestyle riding seamlessly. Watching Absinthe's films reminds me of days on the mountain with friends and always gets me hyped for my holidays — even if the riding surpasses my wildest dreams and capabilities. You can pretty much guarantee this film will be playing in my chalet the day we arrive!
The Dream Factory
The Dream Factory is another offering from TGR, who made the above Further as well as cracking ski films such as Light The Wick. The Dream Factory promises an atmospheric experience of Alaska's world renowned, filled with incredible lines from this past winter along with a little bit of history and clips from a trip back in '91. Alaska is the reason fat skis were invented and the mountains there never fail to captivate an audience.
If it wasn't for Jake Burton snowboarding would be nowhere near where it is today. The godfather of the sport who backed the likes of Terje and White and whose snowboards, films and riders have inspired generations of snowboarders in the sports short history. With this is mind, 13 has to be on your 2012 hit list.
If this doesn't get you in the mood for winter, well, I don't know what will.
The Kiwis certainly know how to clear snow in style!
The clip below shows a train charging along from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass earlier this month, with the heavy snowfall taking an absolute battering. National Rail could learn a thing or two from this — somehow I don't see "leaves on the track" causing too many delays after this!
Teton Gravity Research, the Jackson Hole based ski film company, have launched an open source freeskiing project, The Co-Lab, where the next generation of athletes and filmers have the chance to win $100,000.
The collaborative competition gives budding young athletes and film makers the chance to make the most of the great, affordable HD cameras on offer these days — well, that's if they can get one — the latest GoPro appears to be sold out everywhere! The next generation of pros are invited to upload their segments throughout next season to TetonGravity.com, where users can vote for edits. An outside panel of industry experts will then pick the winning entry.
The best and most popular edit will be put together to make a collaborative film, hence the C-Lab name, which TGR will release and the out-and-out winner will walk away with $100,000. This entire concept is a fantastic idea as the competition is open world wide and gives credence to both the riders and film makers.
With those behind the lens set to gain as much as any young guns looking for their first sponsorship deals, the Co-Lab comp could bring us the next Tim & Gendle (Lockdown Projects), Damian Doyle (Standing Sideways) or Dave Benedek (Robot Food).
TGR's Co-Founders Todd Jones & Steve Jones introducing The Co-Lab.
Over the years, Teton Gravity Research have bought us some of the most stunning and innovative ski and snowboard films to hit the market. Jeremy Jones three parter Deeper, Further, Higher is a particular favourite of mine, with part two — Further — set for release this autumn. TGR have worked with camera men from both sides of the Atlantic, including British photographer Dan Milner.
Jeremy Jones' Further trailer.
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