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For the week of October 23 - 29, 2002

Arts and Entertainment

Stormís a cominí


By ADAM TANOUS
Express Arts Editor

It is hard not to get excited about skiing or snowboarding after seeing Warren Millerís annual installment of dramatic action and breathtaking cinematography.

For 53 years now Miller has been making films. And these are films that play in every mountain town in the country, turning the collective psyche away from mountain biking to fun in the snow. Few do it better than Warren Miller. Not only does he enlist some of the best snowboarders and skiers in the world and find the most dramatic venues in which to shoot, he does it with a sense of humor. Like the true ski bum that he is, he never takes himself too seriously.

Chris Anthony soars among Canadaís Blue River glaciers during the filming of "Storm." Photo by Mark Weaver

 

"Storm" is Millerís latest production, and it will open Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Sun Valley Opera House. Showings will be at 6 and 9 p.m. Featured in this yearís film are two Wood River Valley skiers, Reggie and Zach Crist. The brothers Crist are Winter X Games Skiercross champions. They are filmed skiing secret powder stashes in the local backcountry.

Another valley resident, Kim Schneider, has done the editing for the film. Stanley musicians Cody and Willy Braun and their band Reckless Kelly have a song in the film as well.

The theme of this yearís film is, obviously, storms. The cast and crew follow storms around the world to find the lightest, deepest and best snow to rip up. The locales include Valdez, Alaska; the Isle of South Georgia in Antarctica, Lake Tahoe, Calif.; St. Anton, Austria; Breckenridge, Colo.; and Cordova, Alaska.

Two of the more memorable sections of the film are the "New School Montage: Redefining Railings" and a sequence shot with the U.S. Marines at their training center in Californiaís Sierra Mountains. The former reveals the latest and greatest in rail riding and grinding. The latter takes Millerís skiers and drops them into Cobra attack helicopters, frozen lakes and 10-kilometer biathlons. Both sequences are not only different from the typical ski film footage, but they are amusing.

As always, Miller has set everything to musicóeverything from the Reckless Kelly tune, to Dave Matthews, to something of the more classical variety.

"Storm" is a little fantasy in October, a primer for all those skier and snowboarder souls out there. While it may be a little early to get out on the snow by the end of the month, itís never too early to dream.

 

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