New ski flick will premiere at the Wheeler Thursday |

New ski flick will premiere at the Wheeler Thursday

Aspen Times Staff Report

“Insane stunts” on skis, not to mention huge air in the Aspen superpipe, will fill the big screen at the Wheeler Opera House with Thursday’s world premiere of “Focused.”

Matchstick Productions is unveiling its latest feature ski film, featuring footage of such world-class skiers as: Seth Morrison, Shane McConkey, CR Johnson, Pep Fujas, Sarah Burke, Wendy Fisher, Mike Douglas, Eric Pollard, Hugo Harrisson, Vincent Dorion and Snowmass’ own Steele Spence. Many of the athletes are expected to attend the premiere in Aspen.

Last winter, the Matchstick crew traveled the globe, filming from helicopters and snowmobiles, and at various ski resorts. The crew hauled their cameras and equipment from the terrain parks of Colorado to the remote peaks of Alaska and Norway.

The result is some intense ski footage: Morrison’s huge rodeo 720s, Quinlan sticking a back flip on his snowmobile, Johnson’s 20-foot airs in the Aspen superpipe and McConkey skiing off 600-foot cliffs with his parachute.

“These are some of the most insane stunts we have ever filmed,” said director Murray Wais.

The Aspen/Snowmass Matchstick Movie Tour, presented by Colorado Ski Country, will travel to 70 cities around the globe and be sold in VHS and DVD formats.

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Sponsors of “Focused” include Helly Hansen, Smith, Powder magazine, Salomon, Freeze magazine, Giro helmets, K2 skis, Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado Ski Country and Red Bull.

Tickets for the show are $10 and are available at the Wheeler Box Office or by calling 920-5770.

The teaser and theatrical tour dates for “Focused” can be seen at