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THE CHOSEN PREMIERE

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The Art of FLIGHT – Part 2

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The Art of Flight: Metal Teaser is out and the final movie releases September 2011.

Brain Farm has gathered an arsenal of the most advanced and progressive film making technology to bring the snowboard community an epic snowboard adventure. Amazing camera movements and perspectives capture the most insane actions at destinations like Jackson Hole, Alaska, Chile, Aspen, Patagonia and more.

This is the new high watermark for snowboard movie-making. As you can tell by the pictures, Red Bull must have spent an embarrassment amount of money to shoot this movie but believe me, every second pays back big time.

Have fun!

BTW: This is the second trailer of “The Art of Flight”, so if you missed the first one, :: click here

The Places We Live

“Over the last three years of visiting slums I’m simply awestruck by people’s capacity to create normalcy and dignity out of the most challenging circumstances.” –– Jonas Bendiksen

In 2008 more people live in cities than in rural areas. One third of city dwellers, more than a billion people, live in slums. In The Places We Live, Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen presents sixteen homes in four different slum areas: Caracas, Venezuela; Mumbai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and Jakarta, Indonesia. This amazing website is a great eye-opener. Click on the profile pictures to enter peoples house and discover 360-deg images of homes and shanties from around the world. It’s pretty breathtaking!

Photographs by Jonas Bendiksen


						
						
						
										

Mount St Elias – The movie

I just come back from the cinema where I watched the movie Mount St Elias. It is an epic and fascinating documentary about the longest downhill ski run on Mount St. Elias. As it’s written on many blogs and maybe spread out with the Red Bull hype about the multi-million dollar budget production, this wasn’t the first downhill ski run on Mount St. Elias as it was actually done before, back in 2000, by a team of 3 American skiers. There seems to be some confusion around on some sides but what Axel Naglich and Peter Ressmann archived is the record for vertical feet skied in one route, 5 Kilometers of vertical from the summit to the mountain’s base. That’s over 4900 meter!

I really enjoyed watching the movie. The camera people earn my biggest respect for their hard work, capturing all these intense moments in extreme weather and terrain conditions. Mount St Elias is one of the hardest mountains to climb, not because of the altitude, but of the difficult terrains and the horrendous weather, which can change within minutes and storm’s lasting for months and drop hundreds of feet snow. And let’s be honest here, St Elias wasn’t climbed for years because of the difficult weather and terrain conditions, Naglich and Ressmann not only summit, they even skied down after the summit, 5 Kilometers of vertical from the summit to the mountains that’s 4900 meters vertical feet!  Just one little mistake in this difficult vertical terrain and you are dead!

Sadly Peter Ressmann died in March this year in Pinzgau/Salzburger Mountains, when he guided a group of tourists during an outdoor adventure. It seemed to be a stupid mistake he did, a second of inattention, when he felt 25 meters of the rock into a river bed. He was dead immediately. He climbed and skied the most difficult terrains and routes and suddenly killed himself during a routine climb. Sad story.

This movie is definitely worth to watch, keeps you in the seat for 1.5 hours and is good stoke for our coming winter!

Watch the making off/trailer if you haven’t seen it!

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If he wants to take you, he will take you!

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Drei der weltbesten Skialpinisten wagen in Alaska eines der letzten großen Abenteuer: Die Besteigung des MOUNT ST. ELIAS und die Skiabfahrt auf der längsten, schneebedeckten Vertikalen der Welt.

Die Skialpinisten Axel Naglich, Peter Ressmann und Jon Johnston suchen 2007 die größte Herausforderung: Die Besteigung des Mount St. Elias in Alaska – und die Skiabfahrt auf der längsten, schneebedeckten vertikalen Linie der Welt. Aber der mit 5.489 Metern relativ gesehen höchste Berg der Welt ist ein unberechenbarer Gegner. Rasend schnell wechselt das Wetter, ständig drohen Schneestürme, Lawinen und Felsstürze. Der Berg verlangt nach lebenswichtigen Entscheidungen in Sekundenbruchteilen. Und so werden der mehrtägige Aufstieg und die Abfahrt zu einer einmaligen Grenzerfahrung.

Can’t wait to see it this weekend!

Check out the website for more information.  Mount St. Elias

Sensory elements

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Sensory elements are part of the skiing experience— from the aroma of coffee brewed in the morning, to visions of snow drifting past the streetlamp at night. This video takes a slowed-down, zoomed-in look at the little things that make people skiers. Watch, listen, and enjoy.

Eyegasm

Demo reel footage by ACL Digital Cinema shot with the Red One Camera. Very nice vid with some stunning slow motion action sequences.

The Edge of never

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You don’t have to love skiing to enjoy the sports documentary “The Edge of Never”. This movie looks at the rarefied subculture of extreme skiing. These athletes cross frontiers while climbing highest and most remote mountains, in most challenging weather and terrain conditions. They trigger avalanches and – all too often – die.

“The Edge of Never” is based on a true story. A story of the legend skier Trevor Peterson who killed himself 1996 in Charmonix, France. Nine years later, his baby faced son Kye, 15 years old, attempts to ski in his father’s footsteps. aided by Trevor’s friends and mentors, including Anselme Baud considered the godfather of the alpine world or crazy Glen Plake a pioneer of extreme skiing in America.

2 of Kye’s statements in the movie, “I always wanted to ski that round my dad died on” and “I want to see what my dad last saw”, show his strong character and the will to fulfill this self-appointed challenge.

I haven’t seen the full movie yet but hopefully soon I will. Comments on different blogs are very promising, that this will maybe be one of the best ski documentaries ever.

Can’t wait to see it!

Uphill

Outsch, not enough that we went climbing for 3 hours the night before, to push the muscle ache a bit further we took the bikes out and went again up on the Feldberg. The weather was just too perfect to not get out on a ride. This time we started much earlier and had an epic downhill ride from the Fuchstanz instead of another “Blair witch run” like last time when we went all the way down in the dark. Overall a 35 km ride in a beautiful autumn scenery.

Gravity Sucks

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To escape the bad weather on Saturday, Youdit, Bine and myself went into the T-Hall for a climbing session. We all haven’t been in best shape, myslef because of my damaged thumb in the last months, Bine because of too much work. YouDit seemed to be the Ninja or better spiderwoman of the night. We had great fun during the 3 hours we stayed at the T-Hall and the muscle ache we all have today reminds us that this should be done more often during winter season.

Born to skate

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Asher Bradshaw was born wearing a pair of Vans, was swaddled in Vision Crib Wear, and was put to bed each night in a tiny half-pipe. These are the results. Most young boys who take up skateboarding generally master the ollie, maybe a kickflip, and then retire their boards as they realize they’ve reached the limit of their potential. Asher Bradshaw is not most young boys. This 6-year-old skateboarding phenomenon is already better than you will ever be. By a lot. Personal, I’m not sure if this is real or another well made viral clip of some bigger skate brand. But if this isn’t a fake I’m pretty sure you will find him in the X-Games in a few years.

SKATEISTAN

Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul is a beautifully shot film that follows the lives of a group of young skateboarders in Afghanistan. Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the Skateistan charity project is the world’s first co-educational skateboarding school, where a team of international volunteers work with girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17, an age group largely untouched by other aid programmes.

This is a fantastic program which brings hope and happyness into the kids eyes in a part of the world where war is still too dominant. Hopefully they can keep up with it for a long time.

The video is just incredible and amazing to watch! That’s all I can say …