GET OUT: The Edge of Survival

By on October 26, 2016

Warren Miller’s new film depicts the global adventures of local snow heroes.

Rob Kingwill enjoys some air in a place where the mountains meet the ocean. (Photo: Mike Arzt)

Rob Kingwill enjoys some air in a place where the mountains meet the ocean. (Photo: Mike Arzt)

JACKSON HOLE, WY – Ski flick legacy filmmaker Warren Miller brings his 67th film Here, There and Everywhere to Jackson Hole on Friday. Making movies since 1949, Miller’s 2016 film captures skiers and riders around the world in search of the untouched white stuff. Featured athletes include JT Holmes, Jeremy Jones, Seth Wescott, Ingrid Backstrom, Marcus Caston, Wendy Fisher, Tyler Ceccanti and Kaylin Richardson exploring the U.S. and Canada. The film also follows Jackson locals, skier Jess McMillan and rider Rob Kingwill, as they shred in remote locales, including a tour of the Glacier Express for a Swiss Alps adventure and a foray in Greenland.

Kingwill recalled his Greenland experience with exuberance. The giant ice shelf boasts large, jagged mountains that end at the ocean. When reflecting on his favorite mode of transportation, Kingwill said travelling via sled dog was a true highlight. “You got to see the culture of a town based around sled dogs where people are living off the land with no electricity. It’s literally the edge of where humans can survive.”

Of course, given the fact that much of the terrain ends in the ocean, helicopters and boats were necessary in some scenarios.

Other unique challenges the crew faced during filming included the area’s endless light, which, during spring conditions at that lattitude, can make a person go crazy, Kingwill explained.

Additionally, the fact that polar bears could be lurking anywhere added another air of mystery/nail biting. Kingwill recounted the cultural aspects of polar bears as a food source for this remote community. “The person that spots it calls the hunter, and the entire community helps process it on the floor in a house. The bear spotter gets a large piece of it,” he said. (Wouldn’t it be nice if that’s the way it worked for elk hunting here?)

Kingwill also noted Greenland’s unexplored sensibilities: “It feels like the next frontier, like Alaska used to feel.” The preferred mode of travel for him, of course, is his snowboard and even the casual rider can sense the joy, fluidity and natural artwork when watching Kingwill shred in the film’s closing segment.

Although the local pro-rider has been all over the globe with his shred stick, he noted a career highlight that happened in Greenland. “I had one of the top five runs in my life there. It’s an intimate feel to ride these places and explore.”

But even after traversing through the magic of Greenland, something always brings Kingwill back to the land he grew up. “Greenland is amazing, but there’s so many places I’d like to explore in my own backyard,” he said.

Here, There & Everywhere screens 8 p.m. Friday, October 28 at Center for the Arts, $16. Attendees can win ski vacations and sweet gear from Western Montana’s Glacier Country, Gosling’s, L.L.Bean, Moosehead Lager, Switzerland Tourism, Helly Hansen, Korbel, K2, HEAD, Marker Dalbello Völkl and SKI Magazine. jhcenterforthearts.org

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