CREATIVE PEAKS: Chasing Lines, Prayers and Luggage

By on November 24, 2015

Rob Kingwill premieres Warren Miller’s latest film as a fundraiser for Nepal.

Local pro-snowboarder Rob Kingwell practices his levitation skills with some kids in Nepal while filming for Warren Miller’s 66th feature ski and snowboard film “Chasing Shadows,” playing this Friday at The Pink Garter. (Photo: Mike Artz/Warren Miller Ent)

Local pro-snowboarder Rob Kingwell practices his levitation skills with some kids in Nepal while filming for Warren Miller’s 66th feature ski and snowboard film “Chasing Shadows,” playing this Friday at The Pink Garter. (Photo: Mike Artz/Warren Miller Ent)

Jackson Hole, WY – Last March local pro snowboarder Rob Kingwill found himself on the most epic adventure of his life.  It involved riding elephants and ox-drawn carts, lost luggage and a basecamp at 14,000-feet. It also involved riding the slopes of massive Himalayan Mountains. “You are going to this place of legend when you go to Nepal,” Kingwill said.

Kingwill and his friend, Olympic gold medalist, Seth Wescott, were filming for “Chasing Shadows,” a new Warren Miller film, which is premiering in Jackson Friday at the Pink Garter Theatre. The film is family-friendly and focuses on telling stories. “There’s a lot of awesome action, but also really good backstory to the segments,” Kingwill said.

One of those backstories is Kingwill’s, of course. Viewers see his adventure unfold as he tries to truly experience Nepal, from the big city to the small villages, all in a place of incredible beauty. You’ll also see buildings and places that, a month after filming, crumbled when a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April.

That’s why Kingwill says he wanted to fashion the movie premiere into a fundraiser. Proceeds from ticket sales, as well as AVALON7 gear, will go to the dZi Foundation, a nonprofit helping rebuild Nepal.

Aside from being an event benefiting a good cause, the film is amazing to see on the big screen. “This is the greatest adventure of my life and you get to see it so big,” Kingwill said. “I saw one of the most amazing cirques on the planet and you are standing right there on the edge.” But the film takes viewers to other hoods too, from a segment shot in Jackson at Monopalooza last winter, to a sweet mogul segment, to female rippers crushing it in Alaska.

When Kingwill left Nepal, he left behind a snowboard for the Sherpas living and working at basecamp. He loves the thought of them carving turns and sliding down snow faces, but he knows, with winter approaching, the assistance people need right now is monetary.

Attendees have a chance to win prizes, including a trip to Portillo in Chile. People are encouraged to wear their most unbecoming sweaters to compete in the “Flashback Friday Ugly Sweater Contest,” where winners will receive lift tickets to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Following the second screening, which is for folks 21 years and older, DJ Whipple will spin at the AVALON7 after party.

Warren Miller’s “Chasing Shadows,” film screening and a fundraiser for Nepal, doors at 6 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m. for an all ages screening. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and show starts at 9 p.m. for a 21 and older screening, Pink Garter Theatre. $10 kids; $12 adults; $15 at the door. PJH

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