IF3 Montréal Kicks Off
IF3 is back and better than ever for its fifth year here in Montréal, Quebec. The annual gathering of nearly 40 films and shorts, IF3 is the place to be for movie premieres in the fall. This year IF3 is brought to you by Nike 6.0 and all of the athletes who have made the journey are being put up at the illustrious Hotel Opus.
For the first night of the festivities, three flicks were presented outdoors at the nearby Peace Park, compliments of The North Face: Red Bull Cold Rush, Freedom Chair and All.I.Can. Following the outdoor film festivites, the movie-goers were treated to the Nike 6.0 welcome party at the Hotel. And what's better than an open bar, pro skiers and the great city of Montréal?
Rory Bushfield and Riley Leboe
The Red Bull Cold Rush movie was basically a longer versoin of the web edit put out earlier in the year. Interviews sprinkled with action throughout highlights the Silverton, CO based event. Oh, and reminds everyone of how gnarly Sean Pettit is.
Freedom Chair, the documentary based on sit-skier skier Josh Dueck, tugged on everyone's heartstrings and displayed the heart—and talent—that Josh posseses. After and accident left Josh paralyzed, the documentary follows his transformation, his trials, his tribulations—and his ultimate successes—as a skier. From his silver medal in racing at the 2010 Paralympics Games to ripping in Chatter Creek with Mark Abma, Freedom Chair is not one to miss.
Peter Olenick on Freedom Chair
The big show of the night was the highly-anticipated All.I.Can from the Sherpas. Described by many as skiing's Life Cycles, it's a blend of Planet Earth-like cinematography and incredible skiing. The movie has a big buildup to the hammers from Callum Pettit, Rory Bushfield and Kye Petersen.
Featuring unique segments like JP Auclair's urban slopestyle in Trail, BC to Morroco to Greenland, All.I.Can doesn't skimp on the exotic. Ultimately the film is an environemtal parable, delivering a message on the impact that we are making on the natural world, and skiing's role within that. Thought provoking, visually stimulating and entertaining, the two-year wait for All.I.Can was well worth it.
Banks Gilberti on All.I.Can
As night one turned into late-night one, as the conversations about the movies turned to standard late-night blather, two things remained certain: The weekend's movie smörgåsbord has just begun (we will be covering as much as we can) and there will be many more drinks poured. From Montréal, stay tuned for more coverage from IF3.
For more information, visit IF3.ca.
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Poster signing at Obersons. p: Josh Bishop
About the author:
Shay Williams is former Managing Editor of Freeskier Magazine. He now works with Monster Energy.