Believing the Prophecy
These are the three elements of an early-season Friday night in Vail: sneak previews, peak ski-views, and freak interviews.The freaks are the riders: Micah Black, Kent Kreitler and Jeremy Jones, oracles of big air in their latest Teton Gravity Research (TGR) film, The Prophecy.The peak ski-views are of said riders on big mountains, riding parks (including our own nocturnally-nasty Golden Peak) and sliding nut-cracker rails everyplace they can pile up enough slush to make a landing.And the sneak preview, well, for me it happened a few nights before the premier. Don’t get me wrong, I love the premier, Friday Nov. 22 at 8150, a benefit for Jon “Eef” Efraimson and a good party for all. But the article you’re reading right now had to be out the door and into print before the movie came out thusly was the coveted “media copy” invented.Watching ski flicks, like watching other genre movies, requires a few accoutrements of style. I slap on my 16-inch curly-brown afro, don basketball sweatpants, crack a beer, make some popcorn and hit play on the VCR. Soon, my roommates hear my cries (“Oh, baby! That’s huge!”) and peer into the living room to see the profile of a grown man in a giant afro watching what they can only assume is a movie from the way-back section of the video store.True, my facial expressions did little to dissuade them of their rotten assumptions. And the grimace I made during one double-ski blowout (ouch!) only encouraged the notion that I had delved deep into the deprecations of low-budget movie-making, ordering my sinful flick from the likes of http://www.unprintable.com.Curiosity eventually got the better of young men, and pretty soon our household was gathered around the tele, something strictly taboo in the eyes of the guys at TGR (media only!). I made the watchers swear they would attend the Prophecy rally with me at 8150, helping provide relief for Eef.After that it was pretty simple. There was a great demand for huck, something we were amply awarded, along with something else too, something that created a tingle in the Old School cockles of our hearts. The film opened with a clip of Scott Schmidt and Greg Stump from the greatest of great old ski flicks — Blizzard of Aaahs.If you haven’t heard of it, or seen it, rent it. It puts the motion in the Old School ocean. And TGR quoted one of our favorite lines in movie history, perpetrated by Schmidt himself, “People who sue ski resorts should be shot.”Thank you for keeping it real, Seor Schmidt.Like most ski films, there’s some down time moments when an idea didn’t really make a smooth move from the slopes to the screen. And then there’s the rail-riding, something that requires skill, balance and artistry, but, like the movie says, is boring to watch.But we don’t mind. The guys at TGR are masters of filming skiing and snowboarding, and we’re not asking them for Academy Award-winning material.Ultimately, the movie is good, down home, and true to the nature of the movement. Longtime fans of TGR will be happy to see old faces doing new stunts, and new faces blowing the old roof off. There are a few surprises that I won’t ruin here, but if you miss the premier, check out http://www.tetongravity.com and get your movie fix at the site.
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