Vancouver a.k.a. “Van City” a.k.a. the “Hollywood North”…you couldn’t name a better location to premier the latest and gnarliest mountain bike-palooza, known as the “un®eal” movie. British Columbia is home to co-producers Anthill Films, but Vancouver has always been the epicenter of filming and action sports in Canada. Names like Colin McKay, Kevin Young and Devun Walsh call this home. These are the guys that have paved the way for the new generation of filmmakers.
Anticipation for this event has been building since co-producers, Teton Gravity Research (TGR), gave an un®eal sneak peak at the Almost Ablaze premier. As ticket holders began to arrive the vibe was excitement! The energy level was off the charts and rivaled such premiers as Valhalla.
As the crowd stood outside the Vogue Theater,
a light rain began to fall and a cool breeze started to blow. One thing that Vancouverites have in common is weather will NEVER ruin a day on the mountain or a movie premier. These fans were prepared. Protected in there Arc’teryx and Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) gear as usual, Mother Nature wasn’t going to dampen this gathering.
The line stretched down the block and energy reached the boiling point just as the doors swung open. Mountain enthusiasts and extreme sports junkies flooded in to the seventy year old theater. The buzz continued as show goers mingled and started to grab their seats. After the masses were in, the TGR team jumped up onto the stage and welcomed everyone to the show. Immediately the focus shifted as they began to introduce some of the riders that were in attendance like Cam McCaul and Graham Agassiz.
Seeing them speak about the movie it was apparent. Serious passion went into this film. Everyone involved oozed pride whenever discussing their creation. Documenting experiences in the backcountry is a huge undertaking, but TGR and AntHill pulled it off and made it look easy.
As the lights dimmed the assembly roared in excitement. Scene after scene was a sensory overload! Patrons yipped and yell in pure joy. The movie hopped and skipped all over the world showcasing the craziest riding ever to grace the big screen. After the film finished and the lights turned on everyone just sat there for a moment scratching their heads, thinking about what they just saw. This was something new, something different. It was like the opening of a new chapter in mountain bike filming. The feature expanded the boundaries of what’s possible.
South Lake Tahoe Premier re-scheduled to July 24th
For an un®eal premier happening in your neck of the woods check out our calendar here.
As most of you know the scheduled premier on the South Shore of Tahoe June 27th has been re-scheduled to Friday, July 24th. As usual, Local Freshies will be there. Until then, get out there and make some un®eal moments of your own!