A natural high 

TGR presents new ski and snowboard film, Under The Influence, featuring local riders and Pemberton backcountry riding

click to enlarge Snow Season Sammy Carlson catches some air over the sun at Grand Targhee Resort. Photo by Adam Clark
  • Snow Season Sammy Carlson catches some air over the sun at Grand Targhee Resort. Photo by Adam Clark

What: Under The Influence Whistler premiere

When: Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Where: MY Millennium Place

Tickets: $9.99

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 Under the Influence , 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 Jeremy Jones.


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