Finndog and RBC,
RBC: Send me an address in a private message and I'll mail you a copy.
Finndog: Thanks for taking time to share your reaction to WE. I agree with your statement that ballet opened the door to extreme skiing. Trick and & ballet consisted of choreographed runs, performed to music (In 1974 IFSA set up a pair of Altec Voice of the Theater speakers on the mountain at all the events), in which the skiers "hot dogged"...1970s-speak for "extreme". Trick & ballet was not as spectacular as aerials or as hair-ball as bumps, but it required a great deal of control.
In the 2006 edit I deleted a scene during the motorhome ride between Jackson Hole and Snowbird in which Bob Salerno tells Ed Ferguson how he "fell all the way down" during his trick & ballet run at Sun Valley the year before. And Bob won the overall title in 1974, the year we shot WE.
Yes, Clendenin has seen WE. I got my hands on a video of it in 2005 and did the re-edit you have in 2006. The first thing I did was to send DVDs of the 2006 version to Clendenin, Airborne, Salerno, Roger Evans (the 4 principal skiers in WE), Michael Grazier, Penelope Street (skiers who are prominently featured), Bill Burks, Dennis Dragon, and Tom Roshkind (the director / narrator, the music producer, and the other cameraman, respectively). Most of them, with excpetion of Bill, had not seen it in 25-30 years.
A little background on WE...Bill was a freestyler who, in 1973, decided to make a film that looked at freestyle the way "Endless Summer" looked at surfing. He identified JC, Airborne, and Evans as the guys on which the film would focus, and we showed up at Waterville Valley NH in February 1974 with cameras and tape recorder in hand. Salerno came out of nowhere, won the contest, and agreed to join our merry band. For the next 5 weeks we travelled with the Tour to Park City, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole, made a detour to Snowbird for some deep powder, and the World Championships at Heavenly Valley.
Bill spent the better part of the following year raising money to edit what we had, and the end result was the original 73 minute 1975 version. We put snowflakes over parts of a couple skiers' anatomies to get rid of the R rating the MPAA gave it, and added some footage to make it longer at the request of the theatrical distributor. WE had limited theatrical release in 1976 and I ran across a sanitized version of it on a Los Angeles TV station in the late 1970s - early 1980s.
WE remained dormant until 2005 when I was able to revisit it. Since then I've sent a few copies out to people such as yourself to get their reactions. To date, they've all been positive. I think it has more appeal now, albeit to a small but very enthusiastic audience, than it did in 1976. Bill and I are talking about perhaps doing something with it, but need to address ownership and rights issues first. And there's always the fact that everything requires time and money. So we'll see. For now, I'm having fun with it and enjoy hearing that others who were around when we made WE enjoy it. I keep repeating this, but need to tell people to whom I send WE DVDs that they are for their personal non-commercial enjoyment only, and not to copy it, or put it or any part of it on the internet or any video sites.
Thanks again for taking time write. I'll keep you and others who like our little movie posted on future developments.