As we swing into the southern spring, it’s autumn in the northern hemisphere and everyone is gearing up for winter. All the magazines have their buyers guides and this year’s crop of mountain related films are doing the rounds.
Here’s a couple that have surfaced, for some late season inspiration.
Please send details on the ones I have missed …
Set in the ‘powder kingdom’ of Hokkaido, this looks like it is a suitably soulful offering given the topic: the Niseko Gentem family.
“There are few movements in snowboarding that could be compared to the eminently Japanese “Snowsurf” style that owes its origins to a small group of Japanese shredders that have been refining the art of the powder turn for almost two generations.
In his latest project, Australian legendary surf photographer, Shane Peel, spent two years embedded within the culture documenting the legendary Niseko Gentem family as they surf their way through all four Hokkaido seasons”.
Stay tuned to their Facebook page for a rundown on an Australian release and tour dates.
Featuring: Taro Tamai, Gerry Lopez, Ken Miyashita, Alex Yoder, Osamu “Om” Okada, Beau Young, Hideki Takeda, Hidehiko Wajima, Forrest Shearer, Makato Yamada, Par Dahlin, Timo Paarvala, Kazushi Yamauchi, Alex Lopez, Takuya Harayama, Tomomi Kuwahara, Toru Kuwahara, Toshiya Kasuga, Jarrkko Kauranen, Haruna Kito and the Gentemstick Family.
You can see the trailer here.
From Powder magazine:
“Kye Petersen is a favorite to watch in ski films year after year because of his hard-charging, yet seemingly effortless style. At the age of 14, he made his debut in 2004’s WSKI 106, a Tanner Hall and Eric Iberg film, and has established himself as a mainstay in the sport with his performances ever since. Petersen has also filmed with Teton Gravity Research and Sherpas Cinema.
Last winter, though, Petersen set out to capture his skiing in a different way. The 25-year-old directed and will be starring in his first personal project, titled In Search. The trailer was released today and features the Pemberton-based skier hitting big lines, floating down stacks of pillows, and airing it out in the style that we have become familiar and infatuated with over the years”.
The full video, which will be a 15-minute short film, is set to release for free online in October
As usual, Warren Miller’s film house has produced a film. This year’s effort is called Chasing Shadows. Yes, I’m prejudiced, but its boring helicopter porn. Why would you bother when there is so much else on offer?
The perennial backcountry favourites, Powderwhore, haven’t yet released their 2015 film.
“From the award-winning film making crew that brought you 2014’s Almost Ablaze, comes the story of one weird winter and the people who celebrate it… Paradise Waits – a ski and snowboard film.
“The snows bad. Everything is bad” – this covers the fairly mediocre USA winter of 2015.
The trailer is here.