Kevin Pearce – “The Crash Reel”

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The Crash Reel

Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, pushing one another to ever more dangerous tricks, until Kevin crashes on a Park City half-pipe, barely surviving. As Kevin recovers from his injury, Shaun wins Gold. Now all Kevin wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear this could kill him. We also celebrate Sarah Burke who crashed in Park City and died January 19, 2012.

I find it difficult to write about this film – simply because I strongly believe ‘the crash reel” is something everyone should just watch… and pay attention to. The soundtrack continues to get better with each viewing and the enjoyment of seeing other people finally learn about the severity of brain injuries and the consequences behind them is mind opening.

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There are so many levels of integration as to why this documentary hits so close to home with me…

  • My mom is a brain injury specialist
  • I practically grew up at Craig
  • Half pipe half pipe half pipe
  • Stephen Murray
  • Sarah Burke – CR Johnson
  • Action Sports
  • Directing and story telling

[Interview with Director Lucy Walker]

The Edge of Never

[YouTubeUlar] <— 145,415 Another movie worth finding... and watching. Thanks for the heads up Manley. I Can't believe we hadn't heard of this 2009 film starring Kye Petersen, Mike Hattrup and Glen Plake earlier. [Edge of Never Homepage]


In the history of… this ridiculous “TSOIGDH” entry marks my 999th public blog post since May of 2009 – When I started this crazy world of blogging ideas, thoughts and Genius vs. Not Genius intermanents and social media successes or failures.

So for the sake of getting google credit for it…


Turning shit on it’s god damn head is going to be my 1 single inspiration for the next 999 blogpost entries. I can’t wait to open up my connection layer for all my loyal readers… so I can start finding out who you actually are.

Cheers to 999!


David Fincher Tribute

[iDevice Link] <— 50,451 Super creative compilation of David Fincher's films.

The movies used in this video are:

Alien 3
The Game
Fight Club
Panic Room
The Zodiac
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
The Social Network

How Far Has Skiing Come

SKI RACER – a film by Paul Ryan on the 1969 World Cup circuit – A Summit Films Production

I made Ski Racer in 1969, 39 years ago. I watch the film today and wonder about all the choices that go into making a film. There is no traditional narrative, no singular event was portrayed; rather I was trying to use the cinematic process to convey the visceral element of ski racing and its nuances, in particular the emotional dichotomy between severe racing competition among individuals and the more reflective joy of free skiing. I wanted to create a cinematic equivalent to all this.

As Dumeng Giovanoli says in the film, “I like to race because I like to be better than my friend… to go faster than him. But when the racing season is over, I go back home and ski for myself… free, in powder, it’s like you fly… that’s really skiing not racing. Racing is something different, much different.”

The film is impressionistic, it treats Slalom, Downhill and Free Skiing as separate experiences with different emotions. Fragments of many different races are edited together to create nature of each discipline.

The significance and the appeal of Ski Racer probably lies more in the film making than the subject matter. It was perhaps the first film to combine the irreverent energy of rock music, optical effects and complex quick cut editing to create a transcendent subjective representation of racing.

I avoided traditional narration in favor of using the very personal voices of the racers themselves. Billy Kidd, Jean Claude Killy, Spider Sabich, Dumeng Geovanolli, Karen Budge, Karl Schranz, and many others, seemed to welcome the chance to express their motivations and feelings of what racing meant to them.

The film is reflective of the times. The ferment of late sixties is echoed in the interlacing of music from The Grateful Dead, Steve Miller, Mike Bloomfield, and Indian Ragas with the ski action.

Paul Ryan November 10, 2008

What Planet the Fuck are You From?

[YouTubeUlar] <— 4,722 Ridiculous. Brain Farm and Red Bull kill it again with Travis Rice and The Art of Flight Movie Trailer. There are at least 8 “Holy Shit” elements in the first half of this teaser… I don’t even know what to say — Guess we’ll just have to wait to see the full film.


Super Bowl Advertisement Rankings

I haven’t concluded my super bowl ad recap yet, but as usual… rankings are coming in from all over.

Animal Ads Resonate with Viewers
The overall number one ad with viewers (overall score of about 72.3) was “Saluting Beaver” from Bridgestone, featuring a motorist who is able to avoid hitting a beaver and then plunging into a river thanks to tire traction (and a little rodent-supplied assistance). “Saluting Beaver” scored first in both emotion ranking (evoking most possible positive and least possible negative emotions) and water cooler ranking (likelihood of participants discussing the ad at the water cooler the next day), and third in interest ranking (how well it held the interest of viewers).

Meanwhile, the self-explanatory “Dog Party” ad from Bud Light, which came in third overall, ranked first in viewer interest.

Automotive Ads Take Three Top 10 Spots
Three of the top 10 ads, including the number one ad, were for autos or automotive products. Two ads were for snack food, and one ad promoted a product in each of the following five categories: the NFL, beer, film, soda, and online portal.

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Level 1 – Eye Trip Denver Premier

Join us in Denver on September 10th for the much anticipated World Premiere of Level 1 Productions 11th film – Eye Trip.

When: Friday, September 10th, 2010
Where: Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroommap
Doors: 8:00 pm
Egadz: 8:45 pm
Eye Trip: 9:30 pm
After Party: 11:00 pm
Tickets: Buy $12 Tickets ($15 at the door)

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2009 Media Elements

In 2009 I averaged just over 69 captured media elements a day which is directly on par with the last three years.

I shot 9,582 videos and 14,304 photos on the canon. 1,421 came from the iPhone which is no longer a daily pocket device for me.

Riley Poor – Transitions

On December 4th I was lucky enough to attend a special premiere of Riley Poor’s latest creation … Transitions down at Craig Hospital.

I was truly blown away by this film not only because it goes back to the era of skiing I thrived and grew up in … which brings amazing memories. But also because it is such a beautiful documentary about one of the greatest pipe throbs of all time, Simon Dumont.

Now – I just can’t wait for Riley’s next project and to possibly get deeper into the real meaning behind Transitions. After all, out of everyone I know (minus my dad) there isn’t anyone who has taken a larger transition in their lives in this past year other then Riley Poor. I still wear his sticker on the back of my phone and think daily about what a true inspiration he is has become … from day one.

Riley – congratulations on the engagement to your amazing Katrina. Jake and Sara – screw the black hole of 2009? Jeremy Sweeney – What would Joel be doing now? Hoodlum – keep up the good work. Maddy – Your adorable.

TODAY = Refresh World Premiere

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World Premier of Level 1 Productions 10th Film – Refresh.
This is one premiere that you do not want to miss.

When: Friday, September 11th, 2009
Where: Bluebird Theater in Denver CO
Doors: 8pm
Showtime: 9:30pm

Buy Advanced $10 Tickets Here – $12 At the door

Movies – Transform the Box Office

1. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” $112 million.
2. “The Proposal,” $18.5 million. (69.1)
3. “The Hangover,” $17.2 million. (183.2)
4. “Up,” $13 million. (250.2)
5. “My Sister’s Keeper,” $12 million.
6. “Year One,” $5.8 million.
7. “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” $5.4 million.
8. “Star Trek,” $3.6 million.
9. “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” $3.5 million.
10. “Away We Go,” $1.7 million.

Movies – Date Night Wins

The ProposalWhat is your favorite Sandra Bullock film?

1. “The Proposal,” $34.1 million.
2. “The Hangover,” $26.9 million. (152.9)
3. “Up,” $21.3 million. (224.1)
3. “Year One,” $20.2 million.
5. “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” $11.3 million.
6. “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” $7.3 million.
7. “Star Trek,” $4.7 million.
8. “Land of the Lost,” $4 million.
9. “Imagine That,” $3.1 million.
10. “Terminator Salvation,” $3.07 million.

Movies – Lasting Hangover

I finally did see The Hangover and although I thought the book was better, the movie did do a fairly good representation of a successful trip to Vegas.

1. “The Hangover,” $33.4 million. (105.4)
2. “Up,” $30.5 million. (187.2)
3. “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” $25 million.
4. “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” $9.6 million.
5. “Land of the Lost,” $9.2 million.
6. “Imagine That,” $5.7 million.
7. “Star Trek,” $5.6 million.
8. “Terminator Salvation,” $4.7 million.
9. “Angels & Demons,” $4.2 million.
10. “Drag Me to Hell,” $3.9 million.

Movies – Up with Hangover

Still haven’t seen any of these – are there reasons to?

1. “Up,” $44.2 million.
2. “The Hangover,” $43.3 million.
3. “Land of the Lost,” $19.5 million.
4. “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” $14.7 million.
5. “Star Trek,” $8.4 million.
6. “Terminator Salvation,” $8.2 million.
7. “Drag Me to Hell,” $7.3 million.
8. “Angels & Demons,” $6.5 million.
9. “My Life in Ruins,” $3.2 million.
10. “Dance Flick,” $2 million.