Friday, October 14, 2011

‘The best movie in skiing’

‘All.I.Can’ features extreme footage, environmental message

Courtesy photo by Dave Mossop Big-mountain skier Kye Peterson tests his skills in the Tantalus Range of British Columbia, Canada.


For the Express

"All.I.Can," a documentary film that focuses on the challenges of big-mountain skiing and the challenges of climate change, will make its Wood River Valley debut Saturday, Oct. 15.

Jamey Voss of ESPN called "All.I.Can" "the best movie in skiing." The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Sturtevants at Main and Fourth streets in Ketchum. There will be 200 seats set up.

"Shot on six continents over two years, the world's best skiers deliver inspirational performances while groundbreaking cinematography expands our vision of the natural world," said the film's producer, Malcolm Sangster in a news release. "Journey through Morocco's majestic desert peaks, Greenland's icy fjords, Chile's volcanic craters, Alaskan spine walls and more."

One of the film's sponsors is Kaetchum-based Smith Optics.

"For the Ketchum show we will have in attendance producer Malcolm Sangster, and top ski athletes Eric Hjorleifson, Cody Barnhill and Johnny Collinson will be on hand to sign posters and visit with fans," said Gabe Schroder, Smith Optics' ski and outdoor promotions manager.

"All.I.Can" has an environmental theme that juxtaposes a positive message of change and promotion of green initiatives against a backdrop of the world's most spectacular landscapes.

"The message of this film is to draw more awareness to climate change by intertwining big-mountain skiing and the athletes' lifestyles with dramatic footage from nature," said Schroder. "The effect humanity has had on nature and how these athletes are affected by nature via their time in the mountains is a main theme. All of this is done by intermixing insane nature footage with even more insane big-mountain ski footage. It's kind of like planet Earth meets topnotch ski porn."

Schroder said the film accomplishes this message in three parts.

In the "All" chapter, the viewer is made aware of everything that has gotten us to where we are—growing population and our reliance on natural resources.

In the "I" chapter, the movie focuses on the individual athletes in the film and how their lifestyle affects/depends on the natural world.

The "Can" chapter is about what we can do to make a difference locally and globally.

"All of these chapters use amazing footage and time lapses from nature and the kick-ass, big-mountain skiing to tie it all together," Schroder said.

The film has been shown in cities including Montreal, Munich, Capetown and Salt Lake City, as well as at Whistler, B.C., the home base of Sherpa Cinema, the film's producer.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of showtime at Sturtevants or for $14 at the door. There will be prize giveaways from Smith Optics, The North Face, 4Frnt Skis and Arc'teryx. KB's Burritos will sell tacos onsite and there will be a free keg of beer for those of age. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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