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THEM ON US: 9.18.13
JACKSON HOLE, WYO –
TGR premieres Way of Life
They had us at the trailer, a three-minute dump of ski porn set to an ethereal track from freestyler AraabMuzik. Way of Life drops Saturday with the world premiere of the latest Teton Gravity Research ski film airing at Walk Festival Hall.
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TGR co-founder Steve Jones said the movie was shot entirely on location in Jackson Hole, Austria, Canada, Alaska, and California.
“The whole season was fairly outstanding in the sense that we really focused on fewer locations this year and put in the time to dig in for a deeper level of intimacy,” Jones said. “With Way of Life it’s still mostly featuring TGR athletes of course, but we wanted to at least touch on and seek out locals, these mountain characters of each area, that have dedicated their lives to living in these places. That’s what creates the common ground and the outlier kind of lifestyle that the movie is all about.”
Jones wants Jackson Hole locals to watch for unparalleled footage of the Tetons, especially the Middle Grand, where TGR’s newest piece of technology (GSS C520) allowed crews to capture stunning 4k HD footage five-times better than the industry standard.
Jones said 100 percent of the weekend’s party proceeds are plowed back into the community and have been since 1996.
What if everything you thought you knew about the Matthew Shepard story was a lie? As we understand it, a University of Wyoming college student was kidnapped, robbed, tortured, and left hanging on a buckrail fence to die in southeast Wyoming in 1998, just because he was gay.
The incident sparked outrage in the gay rights activist community and signaled a tipping point in cultural awareness. Shepard became an overnight secular saint. Folk songs were sung, a popular play (The Laramie Project) was written, and Wyoming was perceived as a brutal state filled with backward-thinking rednecks.
In his new book released last week, The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, investigative journalist Stephen Jimenez goes where most would fear to tread. Among Jimenez’ more startling revelations are allegations that Shepard was not killed by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson merely for being gay, but because one of the men (who was on a five-day meth binge) may have been a bisexual lover of Shepard and was angered by a drug deal gone wrong.
Jimenez spent years on the book, interviewing more than 100 people, including Shepard’s friends, friends of the killers, and the killers themselves.
Incidentally, Jimenez isn’t the only one claiming the Shepard murder isn’t everything we know it to be. Nationally known preacher and former pro-football player Ken Hutcherson has been making the same claim for years.
Shepard as a methamphetamine dealer who knew his killers is not going over well with the family foundation. Representatives for the Matthew Shepard Foundation called the book full of conspiracy theories, untrustworthy sources, factual errors, rumors and innuendo.
Jackson products abound
Where would you be without your Croakies? Standing in line to buy a new pair of sunglasses probably.
The inventors of the eyeglass retainer known around the world but born in Jackson Hole just received a patent for their ingeniously simple invention. It’s patent number 8,523,350, in case you’re some kind of trivia buff or something.
John Krisik and Peter Weurslin developed the shades-holding necklace. They better get crackin’ selling as many as they can now with the patent. The product has achieved critical mass on college campuses across the South where Croakies have become regiment accoutrement at frat houses on par with Vera Bradley purses at a sorority. Collegetrad.com isn’t the only place where the blowback is in full effect.
On the subject of homegrown inventions, Trilipiderm finally got noticed back east. The New Canaan Advertiser ran a story on hometown boy Zach Barnett, who is the director of sales at the Jackson-based moisturizer company.
We found out Barnett, a 10-year resident of Jackson, was a 1979 grad of New Canaan High and a captain of the state champion cross country team in 1977 and 1978. Trilipiderm is sold widely throughout sun-drenched, low-humidity states like Wyoming, Arizona, and California. It can also be picked up reliably in Illinois, Minnesota and Vermont, but, oddly, nowhere in Connecticut. Barnett told his hometown paper he hopes to change that soon when makes a pilgrimage home to New Canaan in the near future.