11/7/2012: PRESS: Recent Article in
the Paper on Recollect Threads
The Jackson Hole News & Guide, a premier newspaper in Teton
County, recently ran an article on Recollect Threads and our Launch
Party. Check it out below:
10/24/2012: Our Take on This Year's
To start off, we are not movie critics, or anywhere near it.
But, we feel, our staff embodies the typical ski video viewer.
Since childhood, any kid growing up shreding the slopes obssesses over
each years' ski videos; iconic classics from our childhood stick out
in all our minds *cough*Tangerine Dream*cough* and shape the skiing
culture in our minds; the videos define
where skiing is and where it is heading each year. As
temperatures drop with the leaves and we wake up to dustings of
snow, the year's videos start to premier.
mid October, so we are nowhere near the completion of ski video
season, but so far, we have been to two premiers and seen 5 movies
total. If you are thinking of buying one of these movies,
here's our take on what we have seen so far.
In order from our least favorite to most favorite:
#5 - The Education of Style
Studio: Inspired Media
Quick, choppy and forced. This about sums it up. Albeit, a few cool urban shots and a a couple cool backountry shots, the movie is over without making an impression. Tanner Hall's Revelstoke segment is sick, and starts to awaken the inner stoke but falls short. After a whopping 34 minutes, we were left wanting to watch a heavy hitting classic
to make up for the 34 minute void spent watching this movie. Save your money and skip this one.
#4 - The Dream Factory
Studio: Teton Gravity Research
TGR is one of the most respectable and well known names in the game. Every year, skiiers get super stoked to check out what TGR made of the previous year's winter as it,
likely, will be one of the best flicks of the year. Well, this year, TGR fell far short of that. The movie is a great production which showcases all-time skiing and epic lines as usual; however, the movie falls into a "documentary" category and finds a niche market of big line Alaska skiing. There is little progression, few inspiring moments and literally no shots an average skier can relate too.
Seems like their resources were divided in trying to produce two
movies this year, and it shows. Unless you are a heli-ski guide, we say skip this one too.
#3 - Sunny
Studio: Level 1
Level 1's flick this year, was good, and that is coming from a backcountry oriented
viewer. We were shocked to place it above TGR's flagship movie this year. "Sunny" checks the boxes for what you want out of a ski vid, and fills your expectations for what you would expect out of Level 1. The studio has skyrocketed in popularity, but remains one of the smaller studios, naturally so does their budget. The creativity in this film is amazing, but it lacks the big budget feel, with limited heli shots,
limited excursions and limited top athletes. However, for the urban niche, this movie kicks ass.
#2 - Further
This is TGR's second film of the year.
This is an established leader in the industry, espcially the big mountain
and backcountry niche. Further is exclusivly, big mountain, backcountry
in the world's most extreme ski destinations. Even without a passion in winter mountaineering or any heli-skiing experience, the film resonates deep within the audience. The level of technicality and extremity is blatant
to the viewer; the experience is emmersive to say the least. The athletes' journeys and accomplishments throughout the movie are unbelievable
as is the cinemetography and story telling. Gotta say, this one is a must see.
We: A Collection of Individuals
Studio: Poor Boyz and Red Bull
Heavy hitting, high budget, blown out, super sick. Exactly what you want in your classic ski video, Poor Boyz nails it year after year. The
movie flips back and forth from urban, big mountian to backcountry;
every shot is progressive, huge, and pushing the edge. All the biggest names, dream locations, great cinematography and epic shots make this the sickest flick we have sceen this year, without a question. WATCH THIS MOVIE.
10/3/2012: RT on the Summit of Colorado's Most Difficult 14'er
Recollect Thread's founder Alex Biegler, and Team Rider, Mike
Testwuide, summited Colorado's most technical and difficult 14,000 ft
mountain in September. Mountaineer helmets plastered with RT
stickers and golf club in tow they summited the mountain at 9:10AM
on September 14, 2012. Check out the video edit below, it is
10/2/2012: Is it Winter YET????!!!!!!!
Via Nimbus Independent
"En Route Hokkaido documents a two week ski trip to the island of Hokkaido, Japan. There the Nimbus crew linked up with Black Diamond Lodge to do a mixture of snowmobile access, touring, boot packing off the road, chairlift access, and night skiing. Pep Fujas, Andy Mahre, Eric Pollard and Chris Benchetler ski while Justin Wiegand and Ike Smith film.
If you are interested in a trip to Hokkaido Japan get in touch with Black Diamond Lodge: bdlodge.com"
11/23/2011: A Little Cinemetorgaphy - Video Recap of Mike
Douglas's week on top of Whistler
Via Powder Magazine
"The Master Cut
Looking back on six days and nights Embedded at the Peak of Whistler Mountain, Mike Douglas pays tribute to the hard-working men and women, and the intense coast mountain storms that he witnessed. Reflecting on the beauty of a mountain in transformation, seen from inside the story, Mike concludes what every passionate skier and rider knows in their heart it’s all about snow!"
Full article here
11/16/2011: Our Thoughts on Sherpas Cinema's All.I.Can
Sherpas Cinemas released their first full length feature film
this year and it is like nothing we have ever seen.
Taking home "Best Documentary" and "Most Innovative Visual FX" at
the IF3 Film Festival in Montreal Canada, this film takes skiing,
touring, mountaineering, and the soul of skiing and combines it in a
asthectically, nothing short of mind blowing experxience. The sound design pairs in perfect harmony with the visuals
to deliever a ski
video that truley will go down as a legendary film - Sherpas has
stepped up to the plate as a heavy hitter in the ski video world,
keep an eye out for more from them.
Watch the film's trailer below to see what were raving about -
get it on iTunes now.
10/29/2011: Why are Pow Butters Taking Over?
For anyone who has seen TGR's new flick One for the Road, you
will know what were talking about. Sage's butters in the
fluffy pow take his already smooth steeze to the next level.
Pow butters are squeaky clean and have opened the door to a new
school of tricks which makes it our 2011-12 trick to learn. Check out TGR's video "School
of Butters" and see for yourself why we will be taking snow up our
coats all season long learning this one.
10/24/2011: #BeautyAlert - Tanner Hall's Segment from
"Retallack, The Movie"
Tanner Hall dropped his segment from "Retallack, the Movie" and
ii is dope. Added this one to the must buy list after this clip
- check it out below. DVD and Digital Download is now available for purchase at
10/23/2011: Free Skis Anyone?
Level 1 is running a solid pumpkin carving
contest to win a pair of Rossignol S7 skis. Carve your best
pumpkin and win em' with some other prizes. Level 1's 2011/12
ski video, After Dark, is looking so fresh make sure to check it out
- probably a good idea to use it in your pumpkin - just sayin'.
Full detials here
10/16/2011: Recollect unleashed on our house skis
Get your free die cut stickers on our facebook page and make sure to post pics of your tags on our wall for free gear
10/15/2011: TGR's One For the Road Sountrack is hot this year. Don't miss it
Via Teton Gravity Research: "Teton Gravity Research was awarded Best Soundtrack for its newest film "One For The Road" at the International Freeski Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec.
One for the Road is an HD ski film that follows some of the world's most progressive snow sports athletes as it documents their lives on the road and captures some of the most stunning riding to date.
Music: Cloudlight by Eskmo (iTunes:
http://bit.ly/jFjiHR) and Levrolution by American Royality (iTunes:
Full soundtrack available here: