GET OUT: Soul Riding

By on November 1, 2016

Homegrown snow flick captures the meaning of mountain life.

All hail the white room. (Photo: Storm Show)

All hail the white room. (Photo: Storm Show)

JACKSON HOLE, WY – Storm Show Studios and Full Room Productions will screen the world premiere of Zero 2 Hero, showcasing local riders in the Jackson Hole backcountry, Japan, and Alaska, on Saturday. Two seasoned cinematographers with 27 years of combined filmmaking experience teamed up to document big lines and the joys of the winter season. Longtime local Darrell Miller combines forces with Wisconsin born, Colorado bred, Jackson settler Ryan Halverson to create a ski film that embodies this area’s local heart and soul.

Film highlights include segments deep in the Jackson Hole backcountry, an airplane drop on an Alaska Range glacier, and a trip to Japan.

Storm Show’s 16th film features a unique opening segment with professional rocket biker, Xan Grayson of Ducati Bike commercials. “Motorbikes relate to skiing in that you start at zero and go to hero,” Miller explained. Indeed, riding the fluffy white stuff in the mountains typically starts at a slow pace before big lines can be conquered.

Local riders and skiers include Jess McMillan, Halina Boyd, Dave Van Ham, Ryan Halverson, Owen Leeper, Forrest Jillson, Jeff Leger, Darrell Miller, Rob Kingwill, with special guest appearances by Mike Basich and Shin Bayajima (recently featured in Travis Rice’s film The Fourth Phase). This music-driven ski film boasts a custom soundtrack from Kool Karlo, Eric Blaze, Evan Gamble Lewis, Queen of Noise, Shneal, Sid Fly and Six O’clock. So if you like music and snow, it’s likely you will leave this film thoroughly satisfied.

While Zero 2 Hero could not be created without the riders, a small filming and editing crew injects meaning into the film. Humans without fancy helicopters travel by foot or via a famous red box to capture storm Show Studio’s homegrown video footage from the trenches. This enables real and honest footage that sets the film apart from other ski movies. While Zero 2 Hero may be low budget, the stakes are high in this adrenaline-tinged project.

Film highlights happen in a variety of settings including when Halverson takes a three-week winter camping trip with Van Ham and Josh Mandel. The crew managed to survive the burliness of winter camping, conquering massive Alaskan spines. Then Miller climbs the steepest line of his life when he ventures up the Pinocchio Couloir on the Middle Teton. “Once I was trying to top out, it was full on and steeper than it looked from afar but it was perfect snow,” Miller recalled.

GoPro Bomb Squad crew features world-class ski-base jumpers Marshall Miller and Jesse Hall throwing 700-foot jumps off snowy terrain.

Ryan Van Lanen (RV3) treks to Japan with Jacksonite Shane Rothman and Japanese mountain maven Shin Biyajima to choke on powder and bask in horse sashimi. Van Lanen recalled, “Having the privilege of a Japanese shred legend to host you on his home turf is above and beyond what you call a dream trip. That dude is truly a great friend and the true ohmatenashi (hospitality) of Japan.”

The film screening also serves as a way to give back to the local community where the movie’s athletes reside and thrive. The premiere doubles as a fundraiser for local nonprofits. About a thousand locals are expected to turn out and support the cause. Since 2000, more than $45,000 has been raised for the JH Ski and Snowboard Club. Silent auction and raffle proceeds benefit this organization and the Brent-Newton Memorial Ski Foundation. Silent auction and raffle items include a 10-day ski-pass to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a Snow King season pass, along with gear from Stio, Mountain Khakis, Faction Skis and Give’r.

Zero 2 Hero screens at 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, November 5 at Snow King Resort. Advance $12 tickets available at The Liquor Store and Stio Mountain Studio, $15 tickets day of show. Free after party at Haydens Post featuring Sid Fly and Six O’clock. PJH

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