What: Under The Influence Whistler premiere
When: Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Where: MY Millennium Place
Six centimetres of snow fell on Whistler Mountain on Monday
morning, which was, coincidentally, the first day of fall. Now the anticipation
of the upcoming season and powder pangs are kicking into high gear, and yet
another ski and snowboard film is making its premiere this week, building on
the winter hype.
But Teton Gravity Research (TGR) isn’t just about winter
sports. The action sports entertainment and production company has been around
since 1996, making films about everything from surfing and kayaking to skiing
and snowboarding with the help of a solid team of acclaimed producers,
directors, cinematographers, and top athletes.
To date, the Jackson Hole-based company has filmed, directed
and produced 18 films, as well as original series television and commercial
programming for NBC, Showtime, Nissan, Gatorade and others.
The focus of their latest film,
Under the Influence
, is spelled out pretty clearly in their tagline:
“the people, places and moments that define our riding.”
Jamie Bond is the local tour promoter for
, hosting the premieres in
Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler.
“Maybe when you think of ‘under the influence’ at first, you
think of drinking or something,” Bond said with a laugh. “And of course, that’s
the spin we took with the after party, but they’re referring to, be it the
season or the conditions or the riders or just everything about skiing that
inspires them to go bigger, to explore new places.”
The film celebrates the camaraderie, lifestyle and surroundings
of the winter sports world, with some massive tricks thrown in, to keep the
audience oohing and aahing.
While there’s an intense focus on riding, viewers can also
expect a glimpse of genuine conversations with the athletes. Sticking with the
theme of “under the influence” the filmmakers decided to explore the character
and motivations of the riders, trying to find out what makes them tick, and
what draws them to their chosen sport and lifestyle.
Though TGR has a strong skier following, Bond said the film
should also appeal to the snowboarding contingent. He adds that it will have a
special appeal to the people of Whistler, with a number of riders with local
connections, like Victoria Jealouse, Dana Flahr, Ian McIntosh and Kye Petersen
featured prominently throughout the film, alongside some massive names, like
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