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‘Under the Influence’ " a fix for powder junkies

Jordan Curet
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Ski and snowboard fans may be gripping their seats and praying for powder (if they’re not already), after the Aspen premier of this year’s TGR film, “Under the Influence.”

The movie shows Friday at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House in a benefit for the Aspen Youth Center.

Productions from Teton Gravity Research, or TGR, are generally a cut above other entries in the genre, and TGR’s latest lives up to their reputation.

Truly a big-mountain film (there’s only one rail in the whole movie), “Under the Influence” documents the passion, people and places that inspire those who aspire to ride or ski the steeps. The settings and athletes are top-notch, from the enormous lines of Sage Cattabriga-Alosa to Seth Morrison’s smooth skiing and stylish flips. The focus is on the action, not the athletes themselves.

A nod to skiing/riding’s addictive nature, “Under The Influence” examines what motivates athletes to continually challenge themselves ” hiking ever-higher peaks to descend ever-more daring lines. This film reminds us why we love the snow and the endless possibilities of skiing. As skier Lindsay Dyer puts it, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Expect quality footage and compelling shots with this one ” the impossibility of the camera work is breathtaking, let alone the powder. Plenty of helmet-cam use puts the viewer in the rider’s boots, and TGR employed new technological advances to produce footage with four times the resolution of HD. Sammy Carlson skis Grand Targhee at 100 frames per second. Talk about sharp.

But, some of the best cinematography can be seen in the Jeremy Jones segment, which makes use of 16mm film, adding to the intensity of the insane lines he chooses. Jones has always been an inspiration for big-mountain skiers and snowboarders, and he continues to push his limits in this film.

For the film, TGR made the most of the unique terrain and conditions that emerged during last season’s snows ” some of the deepest in recorded history ” from the relentless powder in the Jackson, Wyo. backcountry (which Cattabriga-Alosa described as “Mario world pillows”), to the enormous lines of Haines, Alaska.

Proceeds from the Aspen screening will go toward the Aspen Youth Center’s general operating expenses, allowing the center to continue its mission of providing a safe and supportive place for youth to connect, learn and grow, and keeping the entrance fee affordable.

jcuret@aspentimes.com


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