40th Anniversary Retrospective: From the Vault Program
The Kamchatka peninsula in the Russian Far East may as well be at the end of the earth. Its enormous, wild landscape is threaded with rivers, swimming with massive mouse-eating trout and swarming with bugs and bears. In other words, this place is the Holy Grail for truly obsessed, halfway insane fly fishermen. Felt Soul Media’s Ben Knight and Travis Rummel last brought Mountainfilm audiences the story of Alaskan salmon at risk in Red Gold (Mountainfilm 2008), and this film reunites the filmmakers with Frank Smethurst (the star of their short Running Down the Man (Mountainfilm 2013)) as he and other anglers head to Kamchatka during the summer of 2008. In this gorgeous film, fishing is poetry; Bigfoot lurks in the fog; and fishermen risk life and limb in decommissioned Cold War helicopters to explore rivers that have never been fished before.
“What would Trevor ski?” That was the questionn on bumper stickers around the world after ski legend Trevor Peterson died in Chamonix in 1996. Nine years later, his 15-year-old son, Kye, is brought to Chamonix to tempt fate by skiing the same couloir that killed his father. The film, by director William Kerig, features an impressive roster of big-mountain skiers, such as Ansleme Baud, Doug Coombs, Stephane “FanFan” Dan, Mike Hattrup, Glen Plake and Kasha Rigby.