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New film chronicles Vail’s snowboarding culture

Sarah Mausolf
smausolf@vaildaily.com
Vail CO, Colorado
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VAIL, Colorado ” Two local filmmakers chronicle Vail’s snowboarding culture in their latest movie, “Almost Homeless.”

Tim Bruner and Bob Aubrey will debut their snowboarding film Thursday at The Altitude Billiards and Sports Club in Vail.

Produced under the label “2BrokeAssMutha’s” the film is low budget but high action.



Footage follows local snowboarders as they ride Vail, Beaver Creek and other local mountains. Songs by local bands like the MTHDS comprise the soundtrack.

By showing the movie for free, Bruner and Aubrey hope to entertain financially-challenged snowboarders.



“We’re trying to get more of a local scene started here instead of just ballets and operas and $100-a-plate dinners,” said Bruner, a 29-year-old Vail resident who drives a snowcat in the winters.

Hunched over a computer screen in a studio apartment in Vail, Aubrey watches a clip of the movie.

It shows a snowboarder cruising over a tree bowed over like a rainbow. The snowboarder makes it safely across the tree, which arches 12 feet above the ground at its highest point.



“No one’s shooting stuff like this,” Aubrey said. “I mean, that’s sketchy.”

“Almost Homeless” takes a fresh perspective on the snowboard movie by celebrating the local culture. Tree features, uncommon on other mountains, play a prominent role in the film. The movie also shows the lighter side of snowboarding ” drinking at local bars, a snowboarder taking off his pants because he lost a dare, and plenty of swearing.

“Our movies aren’t really for kids,” said Aubrey, a 33-year-old Eagle-Vail snowboarder. “They’re more for bar scenes and stuff, you know? There’s swear words all over the place. There’s a parental advisory right on the front of the cover of the thing.”

Along with the pure entertainment value of the film, Aubrey and Bruner want to provide exposure to local riders, especially now that the annual snowboarding event The Session was recently canceled.

Many aspiring pro snowboarders work two or three jobs to pay their rent, and lack big promotion budgets, Bruner and Aubrey said.

“There’s no media that pays them any attention,” Bruner said. “We’re trying to help out all these riders and get them seen.”

In addition to snowboarding, a little less than half of the movie shows local skateboarders. The skating took place in the Vail Valley, although the filmmakers hesitate to specify where.

“I don’t know if I should say where we shot most of that because we’ll get in trouble,” Aubrey said with a laugh. “Put that we only filmed in the skate parks.”

Aubrey and Bruner met at the now-defunct Art’s Bar in Vail, and teamed up to make a snowboarding film called “Art for Art’s Sake.”

“I was a doorman at Art’s bar. He was a patron,” Aubrey said. “That’s really how all that started. You know how when you’re at a party and you’re around a bunch of drunk people and they’re like, ‘Oh, we should make a snowboard movie,’? The movie that everyone talks about making at the house party, drunk, is what this movie is.

That’s the easiest way to explain it.”

The pair shot “Almost Homeless” with a pair of seven-year-old cameras. They hope to raise enough money through selling copies of “Almost Homeless” to shoot their next film in high definition. Neither Aubrey nor Bruner received formal film training.

Instead, they let their love of snowboarding guide their projects.

“My degree in snowboarding filmmaking comes from snowboarding,” Aubrey said.

“It’s freezing your hands off in the middle of a blizzard, running from cops when you’re (caught) shooting handrails. It’s from being a snowboarder, really. A lot of people will shoot stuff and they’re not snowboarders and you can tell.”

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

What: “Almost Homeless,” a snowboarding movie by local filmmakers

When: Thursday; doors open at 8 p.m., film starts at 10:30 p.m.

Where: The Altitude Billiards and Sports Club in the Evergreen Lodge, Vail

Cost: Free

Age restriction: Viewers must be 18 or older

Buy the movie: The movie will sell for $10 at Buzz’s Boards and the Ski Bar in Vail

More information: Call Tim Bruner at 970-331-4411


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