Here at the Extreme Sports Desk, we're big fans of work by Sweetgrass Productions, a cabal of Colorado College grads turned gonzo ski-and-snowboard documentary filmmakers.
And now their most ambitious effort to date, a two-year epic journey to "landscapes never before visited on film" across South America, is headed for a world premiere in Denver next month.
Solitaire debuts at the Gothic at 7 pm on September 15. A recently released trailer for the film focuses on the highly vertical skiing and snow-surfing the crew tackled in its meanderings from Peru's Cordillera Blanca to Patagonia. But other webisodes released by Sweetgrass as the production was unfolding indicate there's a lot more to this puppy than the obligatory Big-Air scenes à la Warren Miller, including some white-knuckle paragliding and plenty of local atmosphere. Imagine Ambrose Bierce, gripping a camera and heading deep into the forbidden glacial zone way south of the border, and you start to get a sense of the way the Sweetgrass folks blend backcountry beauty and indigenous culture into their work.
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According to their latest blog post, director Nick Waggoner, producers Zac Ramras and Ben Sturgulewski and the rest of the gang are reportedly "deep within the Batcave with nary a glimpse of summer sunlight and little to no social interaction" right now, working on the final edit.
Check out the trailer below.
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