September 24, 2013 Elevation Film & Television

Elevation

Fall at last is here, and with it we have the newest Powderwhore film, “Elevation”, in which brothers Noah and Jonah Howell continue their quirky but heartfelt mission to spread the word. As you’d expect, Elevation showcases the Powderwhores’ remarkable knack for finding and photographing deep snow—but it also deepens their growing interest in documenting (more...)...

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November 16, 2012 Review: Film & Television

Review: ‘Choose Your Adventure’

If you ask me, brothers Noah and Jonah Howell, a.k.a. the Powderwhores, appear to be in the midst of a transition phase. ‘Choose Your Adventure’ is their latest film, and in it they continue to demonstrate how accomplished they’ve become at shooting skiing. Year after year, the whores take their camera and their Mac and (more...)...

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November 28, 2011 Review: Film & Television

Review: ‘Salt’

One of the most satisfying things a great film can do is also one of the simplest—it can take us someplace we’ve never been before. Michael Angus and Murray Fredericks’ film, ‘Salt’, takes us deep into the immense 3,700 square-mile salt flat of Australia’s Lake Eyre—perhaps the most featureless place on Earth (more...)...

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November 22, 2011 Review: The Swiss Machine Film & Television

Review: The Swiss Machine

I was skeptical as to whether or not I’d like the ‘The Swiss Machine’, but it was definitely on my must-see list. Ueli Steck’s fame skyrocketed when he successfully soloed the north face of the Eiger in an astonishing 2:44:33. ‘The Swiss Machine’ not only tells the story of the climb—it actually shows us the (more...)...

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November 17, 2011 Review: Cold Film & Television

Review: Cold

Anson Fogel’s 19-minute Alpine documentary ‘Cold’ was one of the films I was most looking forward to seeing in Graz. The film documents the efforts of Simone Moro, Denis Urubko, and American Cory Richards, who on February 2, 2011 became the first people to summit Pakistan’s 26,362-foot Gasherbrum II in winter (more...)...

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October 10, 2011 Film & Television

Dustin Farrell’s ‘Landscapes’

Dustin Farrell’s ‘Landscapes’ features truly some of the most amazing night sky time-lapse photography I’ve ever seen, much of it done in good old Arizona. Who knew they had such pretty rocks to shoot over there? If I’m reading the info correctly, this was shot as RAW stills, not video frames, and (I hope!) batch-processed (more...)...

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November 29, 2010 Powderwhore Productions Film & Television

Powderwhore Productions’ Television

Okay, I admit it: the prospect of spending an hour watching a crew of Telemarkers dropping their knees did not exactly fill my heart with glee. Skiing is a big tent, I understand, with plenty of room for people doing things any which way they choose, but as I inserted Television into my DVD player (more...)...

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October 18, 2010 Film & Television

“The Story” Hollywood Premiere

The Ski Channel film, The Story has its Southern California debut this Sunday, October 24, in the main auditorium at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. If you haven’t seen a film at the Chinese Theater that’s good enough reason on its own to go—it’s a huge, historic auditorium from Hollywood’s golden era. They don’t make (more...)...

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September 25, 2010 Film & Television

Beyond Survival

I have to say Les Stroud has acquitted himself nicely. When I first saw his show Survivorman, he was wandering the canyons of Southern Utah, cold, hungry, and miserable, complaining about everything every step of the way until he announced, abruptly, that he’d had enough and was going home. Compared to That Other Survival Guy, (more...)...

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September 15, 2009 Film Review: Film & Television

Film Review: ‘Signatures’

I knew next to nothing about ‘Signatures’ when I popped it into my dvd player. I’ve kind of burned out on ski flicks, so when Sweetgrass Productions sent me an email mentioning their film and tour, I told them to send me a copy figuring I’d never hear from them again. Surprisingly enough, they did (more...)...

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