Photos by Bryn Hughes
September 15, Whistler, BC â€“ MSP Filmsâ€™ debut of â€œCLAIM, The Greatest Ski Movieâ€¦ EVER!â€ brought in a sold out show at the Telus Centre Sunday night. Star athletes from the film â€“ including Mark Abma, Eric Hjorliefson, Sean Pettit, Ingrid Backstrom, Rory Bushfield, James Heim, Chris Rubens, and Hugo Harrisson â€“ made it out to sign posters and join in on the festivities.
â€œTonight was a huge success,â€ says Steve Winter, founder of MSP Films. â€œWe were excited to see the response to â€˜CLAIMâ€™ with more laughs from the crowd and even some claims coming from the audience during the premiere. Everyone understood what we were shooting for: a lighthearted return to having fun and the roots of skiing.â€
Highlights from the film include MSPâ€™s deepest powder segment to date from Monashee Powder Snowcats, Antoine Montantâ€™s speed riding in the French Alps, 15-year-old Sean Pettitâ€™s breakout segment, and the return of Shane McConkeyâ€™s alter-ego, Saucer Boy.
â€œCLAIMâ€ is filmed in high-definition on location in Whistler, Chamonix, Courmayeur, Valdez, Aspen, Chatter Creek, and additional destinations worldwide. The MSP Movie Tour rolls on and is headed to over 100 locations across the globe this fall, featuring athlete appearances, poster signings, after parties, live entertainment, and more. Please visit www.skimovie.com/tour to find out when â€œCLAIMâ€ will be at a location near you.
Matchstick Productions would like to thank all of their sponsors for their continued support: Whistler/Blackcomb, Helly Hansen, Subaru, Rush HD, Red Bull, Salomon, Powder Magazine, Volkl, and SBC Skier Magazine. Additional thanks go out to local partners the Adara Hotel, Nita Lake Lodge, Tantalus Lodge, and Mountain Life Magazine.
ABOUT MATCHSTICK PRODUCTIONS:
Matchstick Productions is the leader in action sport filmmaking. The team at MSP works with the best athletes in the world in the most exotic locations in order to capture compelling images in action sports. Their ultra progressive camera techniques, editing, and production value have earned them many prestigious awards, including 2007 and 2008 Emmy nominations for outstanding cinematography. For more information about Matchstick Productions, please visit www.skimovie.com