SAN SEBASTIAN – A co-production between Red Bull Media House (RDMH) and Switzerland’s TimeLine Missions, “Degrees North” world preems Sunday at San Sebastian’s Savage Cinema, an action-adventure sports focus.
Guido Perrini (“Mission Antarctic”) directs; renowned free-rider snowboarder Xavier De Le Rue (a multi-year Snowboard World Champion), Samuel Anthamatten and Ralph Backstrom star.
The third part of a trilogy (“Mission Antarctic,” “Missions Steeps”), “North” delivers extreme action footage of leading free-riders woven into an adventure and discovery narrative.
It follows De Le Rue and Anthamatten, as they attempt to carve out new big lines in Svalbard, in Norway’s Arctic archipelago, and then, joined by Ralph Backstrom, move on to Alaska. De Le Rue and the crew experiment with para-motors (hang-gliders with tail multi-blade propellers) to access unreachable terrain and film the otherwise unfilmable.
“The story is about exploring the outdoors, discovering nature, finding innovative ways to follow your own dreams,”said Melody Sky, at Timeline Missions.
One dream in “Degrees” is to conquer some of Alaska’s most daunting peaks, descending on snowboards. Snowboarders use para-motors, drones and sportsmanlike determination.
In “North,” we see the first time snowboarders drop from a dual paraglider to access their lines.
Sky explained that “North” will make a premiere tour of film festivals. No theatrical distribution is as yet secured. Pic will be available on iTunes and Vimeo. Xavier De Le Rue has another snow-sport project in pre-production, she added.
RBMH will handle TV sales.
2015’s Savage Cinema line-up includes six features and two shorts, set against a background of kayaking, car racing, snow boarding and climbing, or action sports in general.
Showcase features titles from the Netherlands, Spain, U.K., Canada, Switzerland, U.S. –two productions– and a co-production between U.S., Canada and Mexico. Four of them are world premieres. The others are European o Spanish bows.
With often-remarkable production values, Savage Cinema also works as a showcase for technological achievement in extreme sport movie-making.
Savage Cinema also suggests there is a theatrical market – at least within a film event context for action sport films: 95% of thickets were sold in past editions, per the San Sebastian Festival. “Degrees” sold out several days prior to its world premiere on Sunday 20.
As Philipp Manderla, RBMH head of feature films, commented, “North” is one of eight productions partnerships for 2015.
“In general – especially for in-house productions like “Chasing Niagara” [directed by Rush Sturges and a Toronto world-preem] and also for co-productions like “North,” Red Bull Media House gets involved throughout the entire life-cycle of the film: From creation to development all the way through to distribution. And, of course, Red Bull Media House intends to remain a relevant player in this field and branch out from just doing sports and adventure films.”
The energy drink company enjoys a strategic three years deal with Fox Sports that broadcasts the Red Bull World Series. RBMH launched in 2007 and set up L.A. offices in 2011.