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New Warren Miller film screening Friday and Saturday night in Beaver Creek

Charlie Owen
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily
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BEAVER CREEK ” Warren Miller has never been known to skimp on the making of a ski movie, and his latest film, “Children of Winter,” proves it’s a trend he still follows.

It will be screened once Friday night and twice Saturday night in Beaver Creek.

The 59th Miller production follows a large crew of skiers and snowboarders across the world, from Alaska to Colorado to Japan, as the athletes huck cliffs, carve down mountainsides, flip off kickers and float through powder.

In other words, it’s everything we’ve come to expect from a Warren Miller film.

“We always pride ourselves on being the best in the business in terms of our cinematography,” said Josh Haskins, line producer for “Children of Winter.”

His responsibilities involved budgeting, scheduling and editing “Children of Winter,” and he said that new innovations in this year’s film include the use of more cameras for point-of-view shots and high-definition picture quality.

Instead of lots of quick shots of skiers and snowboarders in action, Haskins said, “Children of Winter” spends more time building miniature plots and storylines in each athlete’s segment.

“We focused a lot on story, and I think that plays out in the movie,” Haskins said. “You’ll notice the presence of more story threads. You get to know the athletes a little more than usual. … So what you get is a good combination of the ski action we always bring to our fans as well as a little more of an intimate perspective on the athletes and areas we travel to.”

One of those athletes is Chris Anthony, Avon resident and professional skier who’s appeared in 19 Warren Miller films, including “Children of Winter.” His segment took place in Leadville this year, where he was shot participating in the town’s annual skijoring competition ” an event that features skiers pulled over jumps by a rope attached to a horse. He took one of the worst spills in the film, smashing his face into the ground and injuring his neck after hitting a jump.

“I hit the ground pretty hard,” Anthony said.

Thankfully, he was OK and recovered fully from his injuries. He said he was glad he could bring a place like Leadville briefly into the spotlight in the movie.

Wendy Fischer shot her segment in Crested Butte, the place where she’s lived for the past 12 years. She said the best part of shooting in her home resort was being able to ski with three other great female athletes and show them around her mountain.

“It couldn’t have been more convenient for me, especially since I had an infant and a two-year-old at the time,” Fischer said.

The fact that “Children of Winter” showcases ski moms, skijoring, up-and-coming snowboarders and even extreme mountain biking proves that Warren Miller films keep trying to up the ante while getting as many niche demographics involved as possible, according to Haskins.

“After 59 years, we’re hard pressed to come up with unique ideas. It’s challenging and exciting all at the same time,” Haskins said.

High Life writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or cowen@vaildaily.com.

What: The screening of Warren Miller’s new film, “Children of Winter.”

When: Tonight at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday night at 6 and 9 p.m.

Where: The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.

Cost: $17.

More information: Call 888-920-2787 or visit http://www.vilarpac.org.

Billy Poole was an extreme skier and is shown in the most recent Warren Miller film “Children of Winter.” Buy raffle tickets at the pre-party/after party and win winter gear from Black Diamond, Discrete, Smith Optic and Helmets, the Levitation Project and Hestra Gloves.

Come to the Coyote Cafe in Beaver Creek Saturday for the party, in conjunction with the film showings at the Vilar. The raffle will be at 8:30 p.m. and will be announced by Chris Anthony, who also appears in the film. This is a benefit for the Billy Poole Memorial Fund, which donates to youth so they can enjoy the outdoors and skiing.

Raffle tickets are $10, and you must be present to win.


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