Ski film

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This article is about the genre of iconic ski films. For mainstream films with skiing in them, see List of mainstream films with skiing scenes.

A ski film is a motion picture with sequences of expedition, recreation, competition, or acrobatic exhibition on snow skis. These non-fiction films capture the experience of an athletic outdoor snow sporting culture. Ski films typically present one or more techniques (ski jumping, cross-country, downhill, freestyle), locations, or skiers (expert, celebrity or novice). Categories include the feature, documentary of competition or other event (such as a snow festival), instruction or technique demonstration, retrospective history, travel guide showcasing a region, or a short subject (such as included in a newsreel compilation).[1] More than 200 such videos debuted in 2006.[2] Notable examples are listed at the Ski and Snowboard Film Institute,[3] or have received awards from the International Ski Film Festival,[4][5] IF3 International Freeski Film Festival, Cold Smoke Winter Film,[6] Powder magazine,[7] or similar.


Feature film[edit]

Feature length entertainment films about skiing, skiers, and the ski lifestyle, shot in actual locations around the world and featuring the best skiers of the day, have been released annually since 1938. Although not distributed through normal film channels, these movies were first exhibited on the resort, club, film festival and ski show circuit[8][9] and are now available via home video and internet download.

Official film trailers, released online to advertise the coming feature, present highlights of the film. Feature content typically includes

Many features include sequences of other mountain, airborne, water, or speed sports.[10] Slow motion and time-lapse effects and skier point of view shots have been used in ski films since the first features of Dr. Fanck.[11][12] Many film makers release a film early in the ski season, with content recorded in the past season or two. The following list is a chronology of prolific feature production companies or directors with numerous ski films over the indicated time span.

Feature length film series[edit]

  • annual Bergfilme of Arnold Fanck, documentary and dramas (1920 - 1931)[13][14]
  • Victor Coty ski films (1933 - 1969)[15]
  • Frank Howard Films (1935 - 1960)[16]
  • annual Sidney Shurcliff films (1938 - 1941) [17][18]
  • annual John Jay films (1940 - 1970)[19]
  • Hans Thorner films (1948 - 1955)[20]
  • annual Warren Miller and successor Warren Miller Entertainment films (1949 - present)[21]
  • annual Hans Gmoser films (1958 - 1968)[22][23]
  • annual Dick Barrymore films (1961 - 1980)[24]
  • Willy Bogner, Jr. films (1966 - 2009)[25][26][27]
  • annual Greg Stump films (1985 - 1998, 2012)[28][29][30]
  • Peter Chrzanowski films (1988 - 1997)[31]
  • annual films by James Angrove and Jon Long of Real Action Pictures (1988 - 1998)[32][33]
  • Thierry Donard and Nuit de la Glisse films (1989 - present)[34][35]
  • Scott Gaffney Productions and Straight Up Films (1993 - 1999)[36]
  • annual films by Teton Gravity Research (1996 - present)[37]
  • annual films by Steve Winter and Murray Wais of Matchstick Productions (1997 - present)[38]
  • annual Sky Pinnick and Rage Films (2002 - 2009)[39]
  • annual Howell brothers Powderwhore Productions (2005 - present)[40]
  • annual films by Johnny DeCesare and Poor Boyz Productions (2007 - present)[41][42]
  • annual films by Josh Berman's Level 1 Productions (2009 - present)[43]
  • recent films by Sherpas Cinema,[44] SweetGrass Productions,[45] etc.

Other films[edit]

Many ski film makers have initially or predominately released featurettes and short films, in addition to features.

Featurette and short film series[edit]

  • annual Marcel Ichac ski films (1934 - 1950, 1957, 1972)[46]
  • Dick Durrance films (1940 - 1993)[47]
  • Sverre Engen films (1944 - 1962)[48]
  • Roger Brown and Barry Corbet freestyle Summit Films (1967 - 1988, 2012)[49]
  • Joe Jay Jalbert Productions (1970 - present)[50]
  • Alain Gaimard and Didier Lafond Apocalypse and other ski films (1981 - 1986, 2008)[51]
  • annual Poor Boyz Productions (1996 - 2006)
  • Two Plank Productions (1997 - 2012) [52]
  • annual Geoff McDonald and Meathead Films (2000 - 2010)[53]
  • annual Level 1 Productions (2000 - 2008)
  • annual Pléhouse Films (2001 - 2007)[54]
  • annual Darrell Miller and Storm Show Studios (2002 - 2013)[55]
  • annual Filip Christensen and Field Productions (2004 - 2008)[56]
  • AJ Dakoulas and Andrew Napier's 4Bi9 Media (2007 - present)[57]

Ski film may also refer to a fictional theatrical-release comedy or drama which incorporates a skiing theme, although the on-snow scenes may have been enhanced by the use of stunt doubles for the actors and special effects.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Verschoth, Anita (2 Oct 1978) "Out of the Mouth of Babe: Silence" Sports Illustrated
  2. ^ Skipress Vol 6 No 2:12
  3. ^ "Ski & Snowboard Film Institute" U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum
  4. ^ First rate flicks (Jan 1975) Ski Vol 39 #5:31
  5. ^ "Ispeming’s International Ski Film Festival" (2012) culture.evo.com
  6. ^ Coldsmoke Winter Film coldsmokeco.com
  7. ^ Powder Awards History powdermag.com
  8. ^ Barronian, Abbie (2013) "Film Premiere Schedule" Powder Magazine
  9. ^ Fry, John (2010) The Story of Modern Skiing Hanover: University Press of New England ISBN 978-1584658962 pg 278-280
  10. ^ Oliver, Peter (1991) "Reel Life: Ski filmmaking through the years", Skiing, Vol 44 No 3:155
  11. ^ Von Moltke, Johannes (2005) No Place Like Home: Locations of Heimat in German Cinema University of California Press ISBN 9780520244115 pg 45
  12. ^ Inkster, Darlene (2012) Film Pioneers: Arnold Fanck pg 19 in Directory of World Cinema: Germany edited by Michelle Langford, Intellect Books ISBN 9781841504650
  13. ^ Tanous, Adam (2012) "Ski Films: Big Air, Big Mountains and Big Laughs". Sun Valley Magazine
  14. ^ Moulton, Richard W. (2002) Film's Role in Popularizing Alpine Skiing in America
  15. ^ Kuhnert, Amanda (2012) "Victor Coty" Stowe Guide and Magazine Stowe Reporter pg 83-87
  16. ^ US National Ski Hall of Fame "Dr. Frank Howard" (1987) Honored Members
  17. ^ Jay, John (1966) Ski Down the Years NY: Award House LCCN 66021960 pg 195
  18. ^ Harvard University Library archive
  19. ^ Lund, Morten (1996) "Skiing Down those Golden Years with John Jay", Skiing Heritage Journal, Vol 8 Number 2: 7-26
  20. ^ Biography at newenglandskihistory.com
  21. ^ In Camera (2011) KODAK.com
  22. ^ Donahue, Topher (2008) Bugaboo Dreams: A Story of Skiers, Helicopters and Mountains ISBN 1897522118
  23. ^ Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies archive
  24. ^ Lund, Morten (Nov 1969) "Dick Barrymore, we ask you--are you making it?" Ski Vol 34 #3:150-8
  25. ^ Doran, Patricia (January 1975) "Willy Bogner, Jr" Ski Vol 39 #5:32
  26. ^ Stebbins, Neil (Sep 1995) "Willy Bogner's World" Ski Vol 60 #1:174
  27. ^ "Willy Bogner Film" bogner.com
  28. ^ Finkel, Mike (1991) "Helter Skelter" Skiing Vol 44 No 3:160-162
  29. ^ "Return of the Blizzard King" (2008) Ski Press Vol 8 No 1:8
  30. ^ (2012) Greg Stump interview offpistemag.com
  31. ^ "Peter Chrzanowski" Extreme Explorations explorex.net
  32. ^ Lovitt, Rob (1991) "Rap Master Flash", Skiing, Vol 44 No 3: 164-166
  33. ^ "James Angrove Set to Remaster the RAP FILMS Library" (2011) biglines.com
  34. ^ Rège, Philippe (2009) Encyclopedia of French Film Directors Scarecrow Press Volume 1:330-331
  35. ^ skitime No 62 pp 41-45
  36. ^ Mohler, Chaco (2000) "Reel Life Stories" Skiing, December 2000 pg 4C-8C
  37. ^ Shalbot, Chris (2013) "Teton Gravity Research" evo.com
  38. ^ Carr, Dan (2010) "Behind the Scenes"
  39. ^ Hagemeier, Heidi (2011) "Bend filmmaker Sky Pinnick" The Bulletin Bend OR
  40. ^ TeleVision film review at sierradescents.com
  41. ^ Symms, John (2011) "Ski Movies" ESPN
  42. ^ Braunstein, Zach; Parks, Megan (2008) "Ski Film Reasons Puts a New Spin on a Trick Flick Genre" US National Geographic adventure blog
  43. ^ Luby, Kevin (2010) "Josh Berman" Skiing skinet.com
  44. ^ Clark, Adam "Sherpas" The Ski Journal issue 5.4
  45. ^ Ski Cine (2008) Ski Press Vol 8 no 1:8
  46. ^ Rège, Philippe (2009) Encyclopedia of French Film Directors Volume 1:515 Scarecrow Press
  47. ^ Colorado Ski Hall of Fame skimuseum.net
  48. ^ "Sverre Engen" (1971) Honored Members US National Ski Hall of Fame
  49. ^ "Films and Mini Films" (Jan 1970) Skiing Vol 22 #5:55
  50. ^ Rand, Abby (Feb 1977) "Joe Jay Jalbert: Reel Success" Ski Vol 41 #6:2
  51. ^ "Apocalypse Snow" The Ski Journal issue 3.2
  52. ^ Dujardin, Ed (2012) "Two Plank Productions" Freeskier magazine freeskier.com
  53. ^ Jane Lindholm, Samantha Fields (2011) "Meatheads" Vermont Public Radio
  54. ^ Schnier, Susan; Rinfret, Thomas (Oct 2006) "Junkyard Jibbing" Skiing Vol 59 #2:104
  55. ^ Mander, Brigid (2010) 10 Years of Jackson Hole ESPN
  56. ^ "Field Productions" The Ski Journal issue 5.2
  57. ^ Fielding, Leah (Feb 2012) "4Bi9" Freeskier vol 14.6:76

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