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post #31 of 55
It's nice to see that Plake's voice will finally be heard. For way too long has it been drowned out by the usual brouhaha of ski films and the ski world. Not only Plake, but most of those people. You'd get the impression if you just watch ski "films" that all they do is say things like "it's all about the pow" , and are only concerned with beer, girls, and being cool. (not that there's anything wrong with those things, but they're much more interesting people)

Plake is clearly special though. He has a way of speaking that clearly conveys what he's saying. Very simple and direct yet very eloquent. Skiing's source is the mountains. People have a special relationship with the mountains. Even on the smallest hill, if you're moving on skis you're part of the mountains. Plake conveys this like no one else. He's one of the great spokesmen for the sport. I could never understand in the movie Steep why he wasn't used more. I think he could've been the thread that held the film together. No one else in that movie, or the ski world perhaps, spans as many generations and cultures as Plake. Too much of him was edited out.  It's nice to see that he'll be in this one.

If you haven't read Edge of Never I'd highly recommend it. I don't know any other book that conveys skiing in extreme terrain like that one. There are passages in the book that will raise your heart rate, change your breathing and maybe even have you sweating just reading it. I'd recommend reading it where you have enough time to finish it in one sitting or you'll just be wanting to get back to it and be highly irritable and annoying to those around you.
Edited by Tog - 9/29/09 at 1:01pm
post #32 of 55
Thread Starter 
 Tog, you describing being annoying to those around you from experience? 
post #33 of 55
uh...yeah. Though I don't need  Edge of Never for that.
Still, if you're planing on reading it on a plane, I'd recommend a long enough flight to finish it or somehow you'll prevent the plane from landing so you can finish it.
"Can't you see I'm reading here!!" 
I doubt they'll let you carry it to jail, in which case you'll be even more annoyed...
post #34 of 55
I interviewed Bill Kerig the writer/director (aka SkiWrite, a supporter here on EpicSki) last week. Nice guy and an interesting interview. The full text of the interview is here http://tr.im/zFCT The tour of the film was quite successful in Utah and it's heading to Washington-- Seattle tomorrow night (Oct. 1)
post #35 of 55
Thread Starter 
 Hattrup is making an appearance in Seattle!!!
If you have a chance to get out and see the Edge of Never Movie, this is a great opportunity to see a legend.
Wish I could be there!!
post #36 of 55
Here's a great quote from the interview.
See, we're special...

From Wags' interview with Bill Kerig:
Quote: Bill Keig speaking:

The interesting thing about these guys is that they didn’t necessarily know Kye Petersen. None of them did. They came together because of a common bond. If you’re a skier, it’s a thing that stands apart in the world. It’s a certain way of thinking.

 

At its core, the act of skiing is actually quite unnatural. In our natural lives, we move away from the things that we fear. If you’re standing on a really steep slope, the thing that you fear is falling down the thing, right? But if you sit back and move away from that fear, you lose your edge and you fall.
The only way to take control on a really steep slope is to face down the hill and plant your pole and move toward the thing that you fear the most. After you’ve done that a couple hundred-thousand times, that way of thinking creeps into your normal life and you’re less afraid of many of the things that the rest of the world is scared of, so that’s one way that skiers tend to think alike
 

from: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-4364-Skiing-Examiner~y2009m9d24-Interview-Part-1-Bill-Kerig-writer-and-director-of-The-Edge-of-Never-ski-film
post #37 of 55
Thanks for all the cool comments. It's been a long hard road, but I know I can always get a little encouragement here!

I've been traveling around and screening The Edge of Never in Colo, Utah, Wash, and Oregon. Audience response has thrilled me, even on nights when we didn't come close to filling the house. I can promise that there's something in my film that will strike a chord with anyone who's on Epic Ski. It's a big claim, and I make it with no small bit of trepidation, however, I've now watched a few thousand people watch my film and the people who like it most are a lot like the people I've quietly gotten to know in these posts. Buy the DVD off our site for a limited time or come see the film. Here's the second half of the tour.

Minneapolis, MN            Tue. Oct. 27th                        7-9pm                        Oak St. Cinema

Madison, WI                  Wed. Oct. 28th                        7-9pm                         Sundance Cinemas

Milwaukee, WI            Thurs. Oct. 29th            7-9pm                         Times Cinema

 

Banff Film Festival             Sat. Oct. 31                        3:45pm            Eric Harvie Theatre

 

Albany, NY                         Wed. Nov. 4th                        7-9pm                        Spectrum 8 Theatres

Rochester, NY                        Thurs. Nov. 5th            7-9pm                         The Little Theater

Amherst, NY                        Fri. Nov. 6th                        7 & 9:30m            The Screening Room

                                                           

Burlington, VT            Wed. Nov. 11th            7-9pm              Flynn Theater

LOCATION TBD    Thurs. Nov. 12th

Newburyport, MA     Fri. Nov. 13th                     7 & 9:30     The Firehouse Theater

Cambridge, MA     Tue. Nov. 17th                     7-9pm             The Brattle Theater

Brookline, MA            Wed. Nov. 18th            7 & 9:30 pm             Coolidge Corner Theater

Hartford, CT               Thurs. Nov. 19th            7-9pm              Cinestudio

Hingham, MA             Wed. Dec. 2nd                       7-9pm              Loring Hall Cinema

Newmarket, NH      Thurs. Dec. 3rd                       7-9pm              Stone Church

Concord, NH              Fri. Dec. 4th                        7-9pm             Red River Theater

 

Whistler Film Festival Sun. Dec. 6th CONFIRMATION PENDING

post #38 of 55
Thread Starter 
 Should I get my popcorn ready for  Michigan Showing? 
post #39 of 55
PSA - from The Edge of Never Film update on face book - Tonight is the only screening of the movie for California for this month.  The other California screenings are cancelled for the time being.   Hope some get a chance to see it tonight.
Edge of Never Film
We're headed to San Francisco for a show tonight at 7pm at The Roxie Theater. We're giving away Rossi and Dynastar skis, Leki poles, as well as lots of other prizes. Also, everyone who comes to ANY show can register for a trip for two to Ch...amonix where they will be guided by FanFan! Don't know who FanFan is? Come see the show. You'll be STOKED to have a chance to ride with him in Cham. See you tonight, San Fran!Read More
post #40 of 55
Any chance of this on BluRay?

CJ
post #41 of 55
 Hi CJ,

We only did a few BluRay copies on the first run. We use them to project from in some of our theatrical shows.

If there's enough demand, I'll make a batch on the next run.

Thanks for your interest!
post #42 of 55
I'm in for the Blu-Ray... (won't buy anything else...)
-mark
post #43 of 55
This morning my wife pointed out that there was a ski movie on Showtime - Edge of Never.  I was on the computer but I said it sounded interesting so I turned it on.  I watched the first half with great interest and then decided I had to get to the mountain.  There I practiced bicycle and jump turns all afternoon.  Now I'm back and looking forward to the second half!
post #44 of 55
 Nice. How did those turns work out?

And did you enjoy the film?
post #45 of 55
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Originally Posted by SkiWrite View Post

 Nice. How did those turns work out?

And did you enjoy the film?


 

First I'll say that I'm honored that you'd even ask. 

On the turns - I definitely needed practice on pedal/jump turns.  They weren't all that good but got better.  I wouldn't take them to the Couloirs of Chamonix or the steeps of the Chugach without more practice, however.  It's been a while since I skied really steep stuff and it shows.

The film intrigued me but I was torn a bit.  The dream of being mentored by the likes of Plake, Fan-Fan, and Anselme Baud is one that has meaning for a 15 year old as well as a 58 year old like me.  It seemed to me that the film captured the very best of these people and Kye.  I would have also been interested in seeing some of the other sides.  I had a strong association with the basic theme as I spent a lot of time leading my kids through dangerous steep terrain (not on the order of Chamonix but exciting and dangerous nevertheless - my son is now a big mountain competitor and now I can't follow him a lot of the time).  On the other side, somewhere inside I feel that these kinds of experiences are very personal and don't belong on film.  Filming brings something extraneous to the situation (not to mention danger) that seems foreign to me.

The short meeting with Doug was especially poignant for me.  I skied with him in his steep camp at JH and as a guide in the Chugach.  I assume that the meeting was arranged?

So, as I said I am torn.  I certainly think it's an interesting film.  The heritage of Trevor Peterson is something that is important to our sport and you certainly have addressed an important topic.  What happens in the aftermath of losing someone like that or a Doug Coombs?  You've given us a glimpse of that.  Maybe it infringed upon some of my own "sense of sensibility"  but so what.

BTW, I'm having friends over next weekend for dinner and a viewing of the film.  They are very interested in viewing it.

I was hesitant to write this but from what I've seen and heard I am assuming that you were truly interested in what I thought.


Best, Si
post #46 of 55
 Hi Si,

I was and am truly interested in what you thought/think. I am making more content (books, movies, etc.) that I hope will appeal to people just like you.

I understand your notion of wanting to keep the thing private. The camera really charges the atmosphere, no matter how any filmmaker tries to deny it. I share many feelings that were similar to yours in my book www.theedgeofnever.com.

The meeting with Doug was not arranged. It was a complete surprise to me. I never got to ask him why he was there or how he knew we'd be there. He didn't call me. He was just there. It was kinda like a random meeting with Jack Nicklaus on the back nine.

Thanks for sharing my film with others. I hope they are inspired.

Cheers,
BK
post #47 of 55
Cool...I just saw this on my Fios On Demand....will surely check it out now.
post #48 of 55
Watched the movie a few nights ago.....greatly enjoyed it.   Great job.
post #49 of 55
I watched this in HD on digital cable this weekend.  The movie was really quite good.  It's basically all character development, which is rare for movies these days.  The two parts I liked the most were seeing the eagle that some could beleive was Trevor, and seeing Kye climbing on the wall before THE run.  It was a bummer though that there wasn't better footage of his run down glacier, or more documentation about what happened when phan phan fell.  Get a heli and film his run that the was the reason for the film!! 
post #50 of 55

I wanted to bring this back to the top as I just recently saw this movie and feel it is something that every skier, parent and child should see

post #51 of 55

I have been trying to get my 18 year old son to watch it with me, great movie, not enough bombs and boos I guess.

post #52 of 55

I read the book two years ago and saw the movie recently.  Both are excellent.  For those that haven't seen the movie Steep, another excellent movie, I recommend watching it right before viewing Edge of Never.  I think the viewer will get a more insightful perspective on why Plake, Hattrup, and the other famous, extreme skiers would encourage a 15 year old kid to ski the dangerous run that killed his father.  The premise may be a little hokey, but it makes sense and is very powerful if you watch both movies and, especially, read the book.  Also, the Doug Coombs appearance in Edge of Never has greater meaning and significance if you watch Steep first.

post #53 of 55

Interestingly, I watched it again on a plane across the Atlantic recently, and the scene with Coombs was left out.  Not sure if they edited for time, or if someone decided to remove it...

post #54 of 55
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Originally Posted by liv4ski View Post

I read the book two years ago and saw the movie recently.  Both are excellent.  For those that haven't seen the movie Steep, another excellent movie, I recommend watching it right before viewing Edge of Never.  I think the viewer will get a more insightful perspective on why Plake, Hattrup, and the other famous, extreme skiers would encourage a 15 year old kid to ski the dangerous run that killed his father.  The premise may be a little hokey, but it makes sense and is very powerful if you watch both movies and, especially, read the book.  Also, the Doug Coombs appearance in Edge of Never has greater meaning and significance if you watch Steep first.



I was actually really disappointed in Steep. Despite having  interviews from the biggest names in freeskiing and amazing footage, I found it very slow... almost boring. Between the narration and the interviews, it just didn't seem to have much energy to it. The Edge of Never was a great story that kept me hooked the entire time. Steep is a good history lesson, but it's not great filmmaking. 

post #55 of 55

Well I just requested the movie from my library, I hope it works.

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