Jennings Productions Ski Mountaineering Movie to Premier at Tribeca Festival

Post by blogger | April 10, 2007      

Peter Jennings Productions (PJP), now “The Documentary Group,” will premier their new film about North American ski alpinism at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City this coming 28th of April. Some of you might recall that PJP began working on this feature length ski mountaineering documentary some time ago. They traveled around the country interviewing various figures in North American ski alpinism, including myself. What’s more, they did at least one location skiing shoot with Chris Davenport and also spent some time filming Andrew McLean.

The name of the film is “Steep.”

No one knows if “Steep” will be true to the mountaineering side of backcountry skiing, or if it panders to the grandiose helicopter driven “footie” that pervades most modern skiing cinematography. It’s probably a mix. I do know the film makers made extensive use of my books and online history chronology, so that probably helped keep the focus on alpinism.

A guy from The Documentary Group called and invited me to the premier and subsequent party. He also added that I’d have to pay my own way and that “the other guys coming have sponsors that pay their travel.” Oh well, that Red Bull sponsorship didn’t pan out — guess I’ll have to wait for the DVD.

Come to think of it I don’t own any all black clothing ensembles, so I’d probably get kicked out of the after-party anyway.

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10 Responses to “Jennings Productions Ski Mountaineering Movie to Premier at Tribeca Festival”

  1. brian harder April 10th, 2007 6:30 pm

    Nice to know the film is done. The crew was here a couple of summers ago filming Doug C. rock climbing as a segment about what it takes to be a ski alpinist. I got to do a little belay slaving while “the man” pulled down. It was a gas and the crew seemed to have a clue about the spirit of it all. They were going to come back for more footage last spring but Doug was gone by then. They did get some good footage of him in La Grave just prior to his fall so that should be cool to see. We’ve all been waiting with much anticipation. We’ll see.

  2. steve April 10th, 2007 7:35 pm

    No swag either???

    Lame!!! (wink)

    Can’t wait!

  3. Lou April 10th, 2007 7:43 pm

    Steve, they bought lunch when they were here, so my swag score is not zero !

  4. Matt H April 11th, 2007 9:23 am

    I live outside of NYC, I’ll try to catch it on the 28th or May 5th.

  5. Polly April 11th, 2007 2:58 pm

    I saw some footage they put together for Doug’s memorial service and it was really well done. I’m going to the premier (my way was not sponsored!) but I’ll be biased about who the hottest guy in the film is! Polly

  6. Lou April 11th, 2007 7:08 pm

    Polly, have a great time and give us a report! Guest blog?

  7. Tom G April 11th, 2007 8:59 pm


    You must have some black ski pants and a black ski jacket you could wear to the festival. Seems like appropriate attire for a ski film.

  8. Lou April 12th, 2007 5:53 am

    Indeed, I’ve got a pair of black Cloudveil Switchback pants and a black Serendipity Softshell. No black shoes though, and I’d need that black silk shirt with the black string tie, but then, there is always the black turtle neck — but I think you have to be a film director to qualify for the turtle neck?

  9. Claire Walter December 3rd, 2007 10:53 pm

    I just saw ‘Steep’ at the Whistler Film Festival, where it was selected as the best Mountain Culture Film. Your insights were insightful, of course, and the film was wonderful.

    Claire @

  10. Lou December 4th, 2007 7:32 am

    Hi Claire, can you believe those jokers never even sent me a DVD and I’ve never seen the flick? Someday, some where, I’ll perhaps see it. I heard it’s good, if not a bit too emphatic of stunt skiing. But then, what would a modern ski movie be without some cool stunts?

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