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post #61 of 86
There is a pretty long interview with Lyndsey done while she was in Seattle for the Oct. 16 showing.  Includes pics of the audience, which was sold out to 500 excited fans.
 
The summary of the movie:
"The short story is that Pretty Faces is a great ski film, incorporating everything from stories of ski-town employment to the pioneering women of freeskiing, and, giving voice to women who have been overlooked in the bro-dominated world of ski film for far too long. It tackles so many facets of ski life from a woman’s perspective, but connects on deeper, personal levels and never gets bogged down. The segments and lines are impressive and the Alaska footage is not only sick but also laced with the underlying emotion of skiing lines of a lifetime. It follows a story arc woven together expertly with skill, heart and emotion by Dyer and her crew of Unicorn Picnic Productions. The message of on-hill empowerment is strong and has resonated universally with audiences at every screening so far."
 
post #62 of 86

So we did go to the 4:30 showing yesterday at the Pink Garter in Jackson.  The 4:30 was added after the evening showing sold out in no time.  While there were a few tickets left for the 4:30 by mid-afternoon, it sold out before show time.

 

The atmosphere was a huge, g-rated party.  

 

There were sponsor booths all over giving out swag.  I don't know how many seats that theater has, but I'll bet HALF of them were filled with little girls under the age of 13.  When Lynsey made the pre-show announcements, she did a really cool thing.  As in most of these things, she asked the sponsors and the workers and the Kickstarter contributors to stand up and get recognized.  

 

Then... she asked every mom in the audience to stand (there were lots).  She thanked every mom for being moms and all that goes with that.  Then, she asked every dad to stand (there were lots) and thanked them taking their little girls out skiing, even when the kids were cold or cranky or needed hot chocolate or whatever.  She then dedicated the movie to her own mom and dad and the crowd just howled.

 

The movie itself was fantastic.  If you see it, make sure to watch closely from the opening credits all the way to the final roll.  There's some very clever stuff included in there.

 

Every skier/boarder in the movie is female, from 18 months old to one or two women who must be almost as old as ME.  There are the obligatory (and beautiful) powder shots, some incredibly gorgeous slopestyle footage from France, Alaskan spines, Teton cliff-jumping, and so on. 

 

The central theme through the whole movie, though, is a bunch of girls and women having uninhibited FUN in the snow.  They support each other, egg each other on, dance together, play in the snow together.  It's just a completely different feel from the standard yawn-fest that TGR and other ski porn efforts have become.

 

Not only that, but this movie showed me killer powder-skiing footage that was taken in the EAST.  I mean, these are some of the most amazing powder scenes I've ever watched and they were filmed in the Northeast of all places.  I was blown away.

 

One cool thing that happened during the movie shows a young girl is trying to do a difficult trick in a terrain park and her coach(?), friend(?) is skiing alongside her.  The girl does it and is ecstatic afterward and so is her mentor.  What was most fun for me is that a little girl about 8 years old in the row behind me watched that and said to her friends "I wanna do THAT this winter."

 

Lynsey said that her goal in putting this movie together (against huge odds) was to try to inspire girls to believe that they can do anything.  Judging by the reaction of all the girls in the audience, I'd say that "Pretty Faces" was a huge success.

post #63 of 86

At the Boulder show, there were some technical difficulties, during which they asked the people who'd dressed up what their goals were for the season. There were some fantastic answers from the little girls, sorry, little shredders.

post #64 of 86
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
 

So we did go to the 4:30 showing yesterday at the Pink Garter in Jackson.  The 4:30 was added after the evening showing sold out in no time.  While there were a few tickets left for the 4:30 by mid-afternoon, it sold out before show time.

 

The atmosphere was a huge, g-rated party.  

 

There were sponsor booths all over giving out swag.  I don't know how many seats that theater has, but I'll bet HALF of them were filled with little girls under the age of 13.  When Lynsey made the pre-show announcements, she did a really cool thing.  As in most of these things, she asked the sponsors and the workers and the Kickstarter contributors to stand up and get recognized.  

 

Then... she asked every mom in the audience to stand (there were lots).  She thanked every mom for being moms and all that goes with that.  Then, she asked every dad to stand (there were lots) and thanked them taking their little girls out skiing, even when the kids were cold or cranky or needed hot chocolate or whatever.  She then dedicated the movie to her own mom and dad and the crowd just howled.

 

The movie itself was fantastic.  If you see it, make sure to watch closely from the opening credits all the way to the final roll.  There's some very clever stuff included in there.

 

Every skier/boarder in the movie is female, from 18 months old to one or two women who must be almost as old as ME.  There are the obligatory (and beautiful) powder shots, some incredibly gorgeous slopestyle footage from France, Alaskan spines, Teton cliff-jumping, and so on. 

 

The central theme through the whole movie, though, is a bunch of girls and women having uninhibited FUN in the snow.  They support each other, egg each other on, dance together, play in the snow together.  It's just a completely different feel from the standard yawn-fest that TGR and other ski porn efforts have become.

 

Not only that, but this movie showed me killer powder-skiing footage that was taken in the EAST.  I mean, these are some of the most amazing powder scenes I've ever watched and they were filmed in the Northeast of all places.  I was blown away.

 

One cool thing that happened during the movie shows a young girl is trying to do a difficult trick in a terrain park and her coach(?), friend(?) is skiing alongside her.  The girl does it and is ecstatic afterward and so is her mentor.  What was most fun for me is that a little girl about 8 years old in the row behind me watched that and said to her friends "I wanna do THAT this winter."

 

Lynsey said that her goal in putting this movie together (against huge odds) was to try to inspire girls to believe that they can do anything.  Judging by the reaction of all the girls in the audience, I'd say that "Pretty Faces" was a huge success.


Great write up Bob. 

Would you mind posting it on the page so I can feature it and continue to spread the good word? 

Unicorn Picnic Pretty Faces

post #65 of 86
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Great write up Bob. 

Would you mind posting it on the page so I can feature it and continue to spread the good word? 

Unicorn Picnic Pretty Faces


Done.  Happily.

post #66 of 86
Okay. Snagged some tickets here, along with a companion. Nov. 13th.
post #67 of 86

Saw this in San Francisco a couple nights ago. ( Yes, it was in the middle of the Giants-Royals game 4 - thank Goddess for the Internet! ;-). The skiing was incredible, the film was very well done, it was hugely entertaining!

 

Catch it if you can!  Thumbs Up

post #68 of 86

I just watched it for a second time at Keystone. I'm just as stoked as I was the first time.  Where's the powder???

 

I decided, watching it, that I am going to work on my skiing until I have the skill and the confidence to ski a spine like that. And if I never get there, it will still be time well spent.

post #69 of 86

Plenty more screenings going on in the next month.  A few more were added recently, including the first one in VA and one in NH. For the two shows in Park City, girls under 18 can get a free ticket at the door while supplies last. I think it was moved to a bigger place.

PRETTY FACES FALL 2014 TOUR - LAST UPDATED 10Nov

11/13: Sno!zone, Castleford, UK
12/05: Salenstugan Original, Salen, SWEDEN
12/05: Odeon Cinemas Braehead, Glasgow, UK

11/13: Gem Theater, Grand Forks, BC
11/28: Revue Cinema, Toronto, ONT
12/9: Cleland Theatre, Penticton, BC

11/22: The Gold Town Nickelodeon, Juneau, AK
November 22, Gold Town Nickelodeon, Juneau, AK
November 26, The Sitzmark at Alyeska, Girdwood, AK

11/13: Chalet Theater, Enumclaw, WA
12/6: Omak Mirage Movie Theater, Omak, Washington
12/13: Glacier, WA @ Chair 9

11/12: Majestic Theatre, Corvallis, OR
11/21: Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, Oregon

11/28: Bear Valley, CA @ Bear Valley Lodge
December 7, Tahoe Art Haus Cinema, Tahoe City, CA

11/18: Sparks, NV @ Moment Skis
December 12, South Lake Tahoe, NV

November 15, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
December 13, Taos Ski Valley, Taos, NM

November 11, Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman, MT
11/13: Whitefish, MT @ Crush Lounge

11/18: Kenworthy Performing Arts Center, Moscow, ID

November 16, The Prospector Theatre, Park City, UT, 6:30 and 7:30

November 14, with WomensMovement.com, Durango, CO
12/5: The Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, CO
11/14: Plattsburg, NY @ Krinovitz Recital Hall

12/11 Plymouth, NH @ The Flying Monkey

November 13th, Hadley Farms Meeting House, Hadley, MA
12/5: Brunswick, ME @ Bowdoin University

12/9: Grandin Theater, Roanoke, VA

post #70 of 86

December 13, Taos Ski Valley, Taos, NM

 

Planning to be there. :)

post #71 of 86

I was watching the download at work today ... then I had to turn it off, because I wasn't getting any work done =/

post #72 of 86
Thread Starter 

I pre-ordered a few weeks ago but haven't gotten the code.  Any word on how they're doing this? 

 

I also got tickets for the Tahoe City showing on December 7th. 

post #73 of 86
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I pre-ordered a few weeks ago but haven't gotten the code.  Any word on how they're doing this? 

 

I also got tickets for the Tahoe City showing on December 7th. 

 

Hmm. I got my code, but it was part of the kickstarter initiative. This may be a manual process?  It was just an email with the code.

post #74 of 86

I had to dig for my code in my emails. Sorry for the false alarm on KS, ladies!

 

Now on to the review-

I would first like to let everyone know what my background is in life.

I am a producer and director and occasionally, a director of photography. 

I have produced more than 200 commercials/corp videos/music videos in my time. Shot and directed about 40-50. I think I know good filmmaking. I hope that I can spot things that do and do not work.

 

I enjoyed this film. I was a backer from the moment that I heard about it. (I think it can be seen on this thread) I wanted this film to be great for many reasons. 

I loved so many aspects of this film. As a professional, I also saw areas where it fell short of what it could have been. As a skier, there were a few reasons why I didn't LOVE it. 

With the exception of the AK parts, there were shots of the girls ripping pow, etc for like, 2 turns. It was like Boom Boom Boom cut to the next person. (Sometimes in slow mo). As a skier, I felt like I was wanting more. It's a ski film, I shouldn't be wanting THAT much more, should I?

I loved the part where the girls (I will use girls as these are women as a way to abbreviate) tell me what they do for a living or what they have done. I have always wondered if everyone in an MSP film just goes off and parties like a rock star in chalets all across the alps. I'm guessing that most do not and I appreciate this being addressed. That's the deal, the humanity of this piece is outstanding. They're real people, they have to deal with the drudgery like all of us, at times. They cover the "all walks of life" for us to feel like we belong. 

That covers the human aspect, now on to the technical. 

I get it, this is, in many ways, an independent film. Too often I felt like most of this was shot on gopro. I know it was not, but there are some glorious shots that probably suffered from the dreaded vimeo compressed codec. Maybe offer codes to people if this gets on itunes or something.  It's beauty skiing , I want it to be crisp and clear. I realize that they didn't have a full up crew with them at all times, but certain things are my pet peeves. 

Overall, I liked this movie a lot. I plan to show this to my daughter to help solidify a love for skiing. My only real issue with that is, the occasional foul language. I keep hearing, "I hope that I can inspire a little girl to ski", then there's some stuff that other films bleep out. I'm no prude, but I thought this was strange. I have a 7 yr old girl and I'm not sure if she's heard the B word or S word in a movie. Kinda weird. 

OVERALL

My .02, this is a good film and a worthwhile project, and it they called me up to work on something, I'd jump at the opportunity. These ladies deserve their time to shine. 

8 out of 10 *

post #75 of 86

New screenings continue to be added. Several more in CO on Thanksgiving weekend. Will be at MIT in Boston 

on 12/2.  Some January dates now included on the website, including Grand Rapids, MI, and Washington DC.  To get to the Facebook Event for a screening, go to the Unicorn Picnic website.

LAST UPDATED 22Nov2014

12/4: Odeon Cinemas Braehead, Glasgow, UK
12/5: Salenstugan Original, Salen, SWEDEN


11/28: Revue Cinema, Toronto, ONT
11/28: The Hoodoo Lounge, Banff, AB
12/6: Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center, Yukon, YT
12/9: Cleland Theatre, Penticton, BC

11/26, The Sitzmark at Alyeska, Girdwood, AK

12/6: Omak Mirage Movie Theater, Omak, WA
12/13: Chair 9, Glacier, WA
1/15: Snowy Owl Theater, Leavenworth, WA

11/21: Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR
12/30, Old Stone Church, Bend, OR (encore)

11/28: Bear Valley Lodge, Bear Valley, CA
12/7, Tahoe Art Haus Cinema, Tahoe City, CA

12/12, South Lake Tahoe, NV
12/13, Taos Ski Valley, Taos, NM

11/28: The Lodge at Mountaineer Squre, Crested Butte, CO
11/29: The Wright Opera House, Ouray, CO
11/29: Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO
12/5: The Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, CO
12/12: Cucina Rustica at Vail Resort, Vail, CO

1/10: The Weathy Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI

12/11 The Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH

12/5: Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

12/2: MIT, Boston, MA

12/9: Grandin Theater, Roanoke, VA

1/11: Burke Theatre @ Naval Heritage Center, DC

1/6: Asheville, NC

 
 
post #76 of 86

I am looking forward to seeing this film after all the great reviews. I hope other people have an easier time getting information about and tickets to local showings than I have had with regard to the only showing close to me. After probably six or eight phone calls and several emails over the course of six weeks, I have learned that the nearby showing advertised by the Pretty Faces people on their website and on a Facebook page that they put up to promote it was sponsored by a couple of student organizations at a nearby college. The student groups and the college never intended the screening to be promoted to the general public. Unicorn Picnic has apparently been publicizing the showing on their own initiative. Meanwhile the staffer I talked to at the college, who finally laid out enough of the story to help me understand why I was having such a hard time getting information about tix, was understandably frustrated by the influx of unexpected phone calls to the college from non-students like me who are reading about the movie on the Net. According to her, they have been attempting to contact the movie producer to take down the ads and the Facebook page without success. Moral of the story: Even the simplest things - like buying tickets for a ski a movie - often become complicated. Sigh.

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I am looking forward to seeing this film after all the great reviews. I hope other people have an easier time getting information about and tickets to local showings than I have had with regard to the only showing close to me. After probably six or eight phone calls and several emails over the course of six weeks, I have learned that the nearby showing advertised by the Pretty Faces people on their website and on a Facebook page that they put up to promote it was sponsored by a couple of student organizations at a nearby college. The student groups and the college never intended the screening to be promoted to the general public. Unicorn Picnic has apparently been publicizing the showing on their own initiative. Meanwhile the staffer I talked to at the college, who finally laid out enough of the story to help me understand why I was having such a hard time getting information about tix, was understandably frustrated by the influx of unexpected phone calls to the college from non-students like me who are reading about the movie on the Net. According to her, they have been attempting to contact the movie producer to take down the ads and the Facebook page without success. Moral of the story: Even the simplest things - like buying tickets for a ski a movie - often become complicated. Sigh.


Interesting.  Wonder where the communication break down happened.  Most, if not all, of the screenings are fundraisers for some local organization or SheJumps.  So free advertising would seem to be a perk, not a bother.

 

Some screenings are using EventBrite to sell tickets online.  So that's where I would suggest people look first, especially if they are on Facebook.  Click on Tour, then scroll to the desired screening.  Click on the link to go to the associated FB Event, if one exists.  I think the FB Events are set up be regional coordinators for SheJumps.

 

For example, here is what the FB Event and EventBrite webpage looks like for Washington DC.  I'm sure the hope is that FB users would "invite" their FB Friends to the FB Event as a way to inform them about the screening.

 

 

 

post #78 of 86

$10 is a heck of a deal to see this on the screen.

post #79 of 86

I just gave a private showing to my parents, who were blown away/terrified by the skiing in the movie. I am not sure they got quite the "OMG this is so awesome!" feeling I get when I watch it.

post #80 of 86

Got back from the showing. Super fun. As advertised.

 

There were several things about this film that were especially nice compared with the usual TGR-type fare, that I have more or less given up on. One is that the skiers were more up front about the kinds of fears and failures that we all have, and need to deal with. 

 

I agree with one of the other posters that there were quite a few moments in the first, non-Alaska, two thirds of the movie, where I was watching one of these women make one or two gorgeous and almost relate-able turns in dream snow ... and they cut away! Criminal. I want to see more of that. :)

 

Anyway, HIGHLY worth seeing.

post #81 of 86
Thread Starter 

I have my tickets for the Sunday night show in Tahoe City.  Can't wait!:popcorn

post #82 of 86

I have adopted "Devil's Daughter" from the Alaska segment as my go-to song for sections where I need to be a little more aggressive and dynamic. I picture Lynsey and Rachael skiing, and try to channel that. It works surprisingly well.

 

Husband: Wow, you looked really great on that section!

Me: Can you guess what song I was singing?

Husband: I don't need to guess - I could hear it the whole way!

post #83 of 86

Got my DVD on Xmas eve. Plan on watching it tonight. I cant remember if someone said there was a lot of profanity. Is it appropriate for my 7 and 3 year old girls to watch? If its a couple bad words I'm not too worried about it but if they are droppin F bombs throughout the movie, Ill watch it after they fall asleep.

post #84 of 86
I know the mother of a friend of my daughter's went with me to see it and said there was profanity. Being a Jersey girl (she's a naive Montanan) I didn't notice a thing. You might want to prewatch it.
post #85 of 86
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Got my DVD on Xmas eve. Plan on watching it tonight. I cant remember if someone said there was a lot of profanity. Is it appropriate for my 7 and 3 year old girls to watch? If its a couple bad words I'm not too worried about it but if they are droppin F bombs throughout the movie, Ill watch it after they fall asleep.


I think its okay for a 7 and 3 year old.  I don't recall anything questionable. 

 

I don't recall hearing the cuss word as Sibhusky said, so I imagine it is a non issue. 

 

I should watch it again today. 

post #86 of 86
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Got my DVD on Xmas eve. Plan on watching it tonight. I cant remember if someone said there was a lot of profanity. Is it appropriate for my 7 and 3 year old girls to watch? If its a couple bad words I'm not too worried about it but if they are droppin F bombs throughout the movie, Ill watch it after they fall asleep.


I think its okay for a 7 and 3 year old.  I don't recall anything questionable. 

 

I don't recall hearing the cuss word as Sibhusky said, so I imagine it is a non issue. 

 

I should watch it again today. 

 

There is not a lot of profanity. The tone and substance are fine for most ages. It absolutely does end, however, with someone shouting a phrase that includes the word, "bitch".

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