Sometimes truth lies not in the obvious and mainstream, but in the eccentric and wild. Enter Snowflake, a Swiss skier who exudes contentment in his words and demeanor. His patched-up, well-worn and all-white ski gear defines him less than his irrepressible laughter, which bubbles from his soul frequently and punctuates his words.
In this DPS Cinematic short film directed by Ben Sturgulewski, Snowflake muses about perfect snow conditions, the joy of skiing and the value of chasing passions.
“Somebody else may say, ‘what a crazy idiot.’ And he’s right! I know that I’m a crazy idiot. But, I’m sorry, I feel happy like I am,” Snowflake says.
If only we all looked at the world through Snowflake-colored lenses.
The photo appeared on the cover of Powder magazine’s 2016 photo annual: a skier shredding a line in the foreground of a total solar eclipse. But the image tells only the crux of the story. Eclipse, directed by Anthony Bolello, chronicles the other half — the adventure, obsession and effort required to get that incredible shot. Polar bears, negative 20-degree temperatures, capricious fog and clouds, rain, frostbite and variable snowpack are among the myriad adversities that photographer and mastermind Reuben Krabbe and his team braved to capture the iconic photo.
Eclipse is a ski movie with an end goal. Skiers Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens and Brody Leven provide the talent along the way. From skiing couloirs to touring a Russian ghost town and avoiding sea-ice on heavily laden snowmobiles, all the way to the eclipse itself, we can’t help but feel their pain and share their bliss as they traverse the Arctic in search of an elusive, once-in-a-generation photograph.
That’s It, That’s All
That’s It, That’s All deserves every superlative one can pile on it. The full-length snowboarding film features gorgeous, fluid and crystal-clear footage of the strongest and most innovative snowboarders alive tearing it up in the most beautiful locations. The stunning footage, clever editing, killer music and ridiculous tricks bust boundaries and defy the laws of physics. A combination of factors make it all possible: high-def, 35mm and super 16 footage; two helicopters; locations in New Zealand, Valdez, Jackson Hole and Tokyo; and a handful of the world’s best, including the movie’s star Travis Rice. —KK