A novel partnership between an “A” grade film festival and Red Bull Media House to forefront to ever-broader audiences the most relevant in a building production sector – narrative-driven action sports films – Savage Cinema has also inked a collaboration with the Bilbao Mendi Film Festival to showcase the best in mountaineering movies.
Exhibit A: ”Valley Uprising,” produced by the Boulder Colorado-based Sender Films and Big Up Productions.
Helmed by Nick Rosen and Peter Mortimer, and charting Yosemite’s rock climbing revolution, “Uprising” portrays another version of the American Dream, the Yosemite National Park counter-culture heritage of three generations of climbers whose high-wall daring-do, dumpster diving and committed partying defied the laws of gravity and, in confrontation with the National Park Service, sometimes the laws of the land.
Producing a six-part series, “First Ascent,” with National Geographic Intl., Sender Films won a Sports Emmy for 2007’s “King Lines,” recording Chris Sharma’s first ascent of deep-sea arch El Pontas, near Mallorca.
Directed by Steve Winter, Murray Wais and Scott Gaffney, and produced by Red Bull Media House, in association with Colorado’s Matchstick Productions (MSP, “McConkey,” “Superheroes of Stoke”), “Days of My Youth” enrolls an intimate cast of skiing’s modern-day greats to examines skiers’ lifelong affinity with the sport as a way of staying young. “Days” screens as a European premiere.
The final installment of the “Deeper,” Further,” ”Higher” trilogy, “Higher” tracks Jeremy Jones, 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, as he creates new lines around his near to home Jackson Hole and Lake Tahoe, and makes far-flung first descents in the Eastern Alaska Range and Nepal’s Himalayas.
The expansion of “Higher” producer Teton Gravity Research, created in 1995 and based out of Jackson Hole in Wyoming is symptomatic of the production sector as it has moved from making premier ski, snowboard and surf films to also creating film tours, TV series, merchandise and a community web-site. “Higher” is co-directed by TGR co-founders Steve Jones and Todd Jones.
Playing during the 62nd San Sebastian Festival, which runs Sept.19-27, Savage Cinema also includes the Spanish premiere of the Petit Dragon-produced “Danger Dave,” about a pro skateboarder on his last legs, and the world premiere of “The Greasy Hands Preachers,” helmed by France’s Arthur de Kersauson and Clement Beauvais, which explores the value of manual work among motorcycle enthusiasts, featuring El Solitario, Shinya Kimura, Deusex Machina and Roland Sands.
As already announced, Savage Cinema will also feature Dana Brown’s “On Any Sunday – The Next Chapter,” the sequel to Bruce Brown’s seminal 1972 docu “On Any Sunday.” Red Bull Media House and Freeride Entertainment, based out of Nelson, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington, produce. Freeride’s recent credits take in “Where the Trail Ends,” “Masters of Movement” and “ Cold War.”