The New Look of Adventure Sports Films?

Sweetgrass Productions’ Valhalla marries narrative filmmaking to powder-shredding.

Weaving narrative into extreme sport films is a move that I’ve been expecting for a while, as viewers like myself, begin to lose interest in seeing skiers and mountain bikers simply huck themselves off of every lip in sight.

“By far our most impressive film to date, detonating the boundaries of the action sports genre, and filled with harder hitting ski and snowboard action and more soulful story than’s ever been packed into 60 minutes.” –Dana Richardson, Sweetgrass Productions

Whether the story that provides the backbone of this film is fiction, non-fiction, or a mix of both doesn’t really matter to me. What’s important is whether the narrative they chose  feels more full than the driving guitar chords that usually link back-flips, and sick powder lines. If it does, this film will be a game-changer.

The film maybe dropping by your neighborhood. If so, it might be worth seeing on the big screen. If you happen to be in Denver on Sept. 13th, check out the Premiere (and party down with Sweetgrass afterward.)

Grain Silo Timelapse – Rapelje, MT

The sky in central Montana is force that plays different characters on different days. Today it was playful in a way it hasn’t been in several moody weeks. Watch until the end, and you’ll see the shadow of another storm begin to slide across the sky.

This is my first time-lapse in Rapelje, set up while I interviewed Laila, the manager of the Stockman Cafe. I’m looking forward to making more. With time such an important part of the story, I’m thinking that they may play a big part in the film.

Check out the film’s website HERE.

Rapelje, Montana

Stills from my first trip to Rapelje filming my short documentary on the 24 Hours of Rapelje, the town’s famous mountain bike race. Special thanks to Sally Orr for giving me tour of the area, and helping me lay the ground-work for the film!

From the Archive: Commute Another Way

Sometimes it’s helpful, when you’re trying to see where you’re going, to look back into the past. Sometimes, it’s just fun.

There have been some changes here at Life’s Fast. We’re diving into scripting short films (and maybe some feature-length films, in the future.) While this seems like a departure for me from documentary-style filmmaking, it’s actually taking me back full-circle.

My first video was inspired by the “Commute Another Way Week” challenge to inspire alternative ways of getting to work. If you’re already a cycle / pedestrian commuter, there’s really only one truly alternative way to go.

Of course, I didn’t walk backwards all week. I did make a fictional account of my backwards walking experience.

And, if I can ignore the voice of my inner-editor, the video still makes me smile. It was fun to make, and it’s still pretty amusing to people when they see it.

2013 Demo Reel

New Demo Reel is up!

Footage is from projects that I have both filmed or edited. At least one of these projects hasn’t been released, yet. Keep checking in at Matador Network for the documentary series about the Future Patagonia National Park, and the dams that threaten it. The series should start rolling out early this spring.

Looking back, 2012 was a great year of interesting projects. We’re really looking forward to 2013, and all the projects in the works, as well as some that we haven’t even dreamed of, yet.