Level 1 Productions – Partly Cloudy Trailer

[Vimeeeeooo] <— 61,691 About Partly Cloudy: Everything is baked. The snow has turned to mush and that burn is starting to peel. Fortunately, for those seeking cover from the glare there is a reset on the way. Hot on the heels of Level 1’s award-winning film Sunny comes a slightly different forecast. No major disturbances or low-pressure fronts, just a healthy mix of skiing, music, and personality with a low ultraviolet index. Partly Cloudy. Featuring: Chris Logan, Will Wesson, Ahmet Dadali, Parker White, Adam Delorme, Tanner Rainville, Wiley Miller, LSM, Tim McChesney, Banks Gilberti, LJ Strenio, Torin Yater-Wallace, Josh Bibby, Niklas Eriksson, Logan Imlach, Sammy Carlson, Sig Tveit, Magnus Granér… and friends. Shot on Location in: Utah, Sweden, Whistler Blackcomb, Alaska, Colorado, Wisconsin, New York, British Columbia, Les Arcs France, Kansas, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, Finland, Sun Valley Idaho, Mt. Bachelor Oregon Directed by Josh Berman and Freedle Coty Produced by Josh Berman Principal Cinematography by Josh Berman, Freedle Coty, Darren Rayner, Jake Strassman and Ante Olofsson Edited by Josh Berman, Freedle Coty and Blake Kimmel

Level 1 – After Dark Trailer

[Vimeo] <— 104,000 Hey Josh... thanks for dropping this on my wall and informing me of Level 1 Productions latest creation. Upon first watch... I have to say this is a very dark teaser. Since the name of the video this year is After Dark – I’m going to let if fly.

I counted 5 *holy shit* moments – 4 *what the* moments – and 20 different rewinds to figure out what in the hell is going on. Favorite shot is at 1:20 – looks like a quarter to reverse quarter transfer… so sick.

Warren Miller is Free Again

It’s been a long time coming — but now it’s final. Warren Miller officially owns his own name again. He just needs to stay away from using it around skiing. What does this mean? It means… that even though Warren Miller Entertainment (the film company) may have won the battle. Warren Miller (the man) won the war.

Here is a recap of what began last year beginning with the release of Level 1 Productions 10th film Refresh.

Continuing forward – lets start a link trail.
10.08.10 — Freeskier

10.14.10 — Business Link <— official release 10.14.10 — Level 1 Productions
10.14.10 — Newschoolers
10.14.10 — ESPN

10.15.10 — Denver Post <— nice summary 10.15.10 — 9News

Josh Berman on Level 1 Eye Trip Premier

Taken from Skinet’s five question interview with Josh Berman…

“What is your last thought as the lights go out to begin a world premier of one of your movies?

I hope the computer doesn’t crash in the middle of the screening.”

I would have to agree with Josh – since this is going to be one of my computers and I will be quicktime command-f’ing it to the projector. This will be another hugely successful fun time tonight in Denver. See you there.

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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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Level 1 – Eye Trip Official Trailer

Level 1 Eye Trip Official Trailer from Level 1 on Vimeo.

Turn out, tune on, and drop in.

Skiing’s counterculture continues to buck the trends of what’s come before them- this is a worldwide documentation of ski action as you’ve never seen it presented before.

Follow the Level 1 crew as they experiment with one of the largest gap jumps ever built in Sun Valley, Idaho, hit a record snowfall in Helsinki, Finland, and harvest the vast resources of Alaska… or perhaps it’s all just a lucid dream?

Wake up, because Level 1 will take you on the visual trip of a lifetime. Come along for the ride!

FHUPPed up Eye Trip – Level 1

A couple years ago Dave Morin and I were openly talking about the inane direction of freestyle skiing and where it was going. We joked about creating a ski movie production company with a name that defined the craziest thing we could ever imagine seeing a skier do… and so, Flying Helicopters Under People Productions was formed.

FHUPP – A now common adjective for something that is ultimately crazy – has randomly shown up in nearly every film from the last couple of years… However, from my understanding, a true FHUPP has not been accomplished and I challenge anyone who may be willing to strive for it.

The latest installment of a FHUPPed up jump comes from Level 1 Productions latest park shoot at Sun Valley, Idaho.

Tom Wallisch gets inverted on one of the largest kickers I have ever seen. Click the image. Inspect for yourself. This is not small.

Just imagine the kid who guinea pigged this 110′ transfer gap – FHUPP.
ESPN Freeskiing blog has the writeup.

I can’t wait to see the actual chopper footage in Level 1’s new film “Eye Trip” due out in September. Thanks for the share Berman.


Chris Logan – Level 1 Eye Candy Shoot

Thoughts on professional skier CR Johnson

ESPN and friend – Micah Abrams writes:

“Twenty-six-year-old C.R. Johnson was killed today while skiing at Squaw Valley, Calif. According to a statement issued by the resort, the Lake Tahoe native caught an edge on exposed rocks while entering the Light Towers area above the Cornice II lift. He fell through rocks before coming to a rest several hundred yards below the entry. Ski Patrol were on the scene within minutes, but efforts to revive Johnson failed. He was reportedly wearing a helmet.” [Read Full article]

It is very sad to hear another icon in the sport pass away. CR dodged a bullet back in 2005 with a traumatic brain injury and now this? Very unfortunate. I highly suggest reading the words of Christopher Jerard (first link below) to not only recap the life of CR – but more importantly to familiarize yourself with how CR adapted his viewpoints about life after his injury in 2005. Very powerful words Chris. Thank you for sharing.

250 Most Influential People in Snowbiz

The Ski Channel has developed a list of who’s who in the snow business and attempted to present it on the internets. What a horrible way to display a list of influential people… so I made a small list of my influentials.

14 – Warren Miller
16 – Mcconkey
31 – Dumont
33 – Hall
35 – Wade Martin
38 – Moseley
58 – Fayfield
95 – Seth Morrison
98 – Johnny Decesare
99 – Mcilvain / Auclair
102 – Greg Stump
104 – Steve Winter
110 – Colby West
118 – Obermeyer
122 – Jerard
133 – Chris Prybylo
135 – O’Connell
139 – Scot Schmidt
164 – Kristi Leskinen
184 – JF Cusson
191 – Colin Kaufmann
197 – Billy Kidd
209 – Josh Berman
211 – Mahre Bros
212 – Candide
216 – Tom Wallisch
231 – Stein Eriksen
232 – Riley Poor
241 – Tommy Moe
250 – Bruce Willis!!!!?

Warren Miller Statement (Oct 13th)


SEATTLE, WA. (October 13, 2009) – For so many of you who may not already know, I would like to clarify that I am not, nor have I been involved with Warren Miller Entertainment (WME) or their ski movies for quite some time now. When I sold the company to my son in 1988, I was excited about staying involved and helping carry the company forward. However, the company has twice since been sold, and it has been six years since I have had anything whatsoever to do with the films bearing my name.

The lawsuit that WME has filed against Josh Berman and Level 1 Productions is something that never should have happened. WME has no valid claim for Trademark Infringement, and that is why they are attempting to delay the action with Level 1 and go to arbitration with me. The judge will rule on the stay of action sometime this week. For Josh and Level 1, a stay of action only means that WME gets to put off their lawsuit, until the arbitration between them and me is finished. That is unacceptable as it leaves Josh and Level 1 hanging in the wind.

I stopped working with WME because our ideas on what the ski films should be weren’t on the same page, and they demonstrated that they didn’t want my involvement in making ski films any longer. WME’s statement that they “would like nothing better than to have Mr. Miller be a continuing part of WME,” but cannot because they are “a small company with limited resources and we are not in a position to meet the financial conditions Mr. Miller requires” is really absurd.

I have never made ski films solely for the money. I have always done what I do out of my love for skiing, passion for people, and the freedom that I find while on the mountain. I sat down and did an interview with Josh, a friend whose entire company, Level 1 Productions, generated less than $100,000 in revenue in 2008. While on the other hand, WME is the largest company of its kind in the world and is part of a multi-million dollar corporation, which is owned by a larger global conglomerate that posted more than a billion dollars in revenue in 2008.

I am really flattered by how much support so many people have shown not only to me, but also to Josh and Level 1 Productions. Thank you for reading this. Let’s all look forward to bluebird days and untracked powder snow!

-Warren Miller

Warren Miller, The Warren Miller Company,
press@warrenmiller.net, (800) 973-4033.

REFRESH on Skiing


See what people are saying about Level 1 Productions 10th film – Refresh.

09.12.09 – Freeskier

09.14.09 – Chip Kalback

09.15.09 – Skiing
09.15.09 – Freeskier Full Coverage

09.16.09 – Level 1 Full Coverage

09.17.09 – Newschoolers

09.18.09 – ESPN

09.20.09 – IF3 – Newschoolers

09.21.09 – IF3 – Freeskier
09.21.09 – CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 1:09-cv-02254-CMA

09.23.09 – Denver Post on WME Lawsuit
09.23.09 – Examiner.com on Lawsuit (Good)

09.24.09 – Warren Miller Is My Friend – by Jamie Starr
09.24.09 – Print is NOT dead


09.24.09 – Josh Bishop
09.24.09 – Techdirt on Lawsuit
09.24.09 – Ski Area Management – Breaking News
09.24.09 – ESPN – Cease and Desist and Refresh

09.25.09 – Tahoetopia – VIDEO – of Warren Miller 2008 Speech
09.25.09 – global.skipass.com – Warren Miller vs. Level 1

09.28.09 – Aspen Daily News – WM is ‘refreshed’ in new Level 1 ski flick
09.28.09 – Level 1 Legal Defense Fund – DONATE

09.29.09 – Freeskier – WME V. Level 1 – In Depth

09.30.09 – Freeskier – Warren Miller Speaks Out
09.30.09 – Fox 31
09.30.09 – Daily Camera
09.30.09 – Aspen Daily – Warren Miller weighs in!!
09.30.09 – ESPN Freeskiing Blog – Miller Weighs In

10.01.09 – Snow Blog Report

10.04.09 – Warren Miller Entertainment launches a Blog (technical)
10.04.09 – Aspen Daily News Online Quotes of the week!!

“Thanks for the opportunity to ruin a new generation of lives.”

10.05.09 – Examiner Update by Eric Wagnon

10.13.09 – Warren Miller Statement (Oct 13th)

10.17.09 – Aspen Daily Update

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