A Little Bit of Steep, the Movie

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | April 20, 2007      

The folks at LX.TV put together an interesting preview/interview about the new PJ Productions (now called The Documentary Group) feature length film about ski alpinism. Looks good. Interesting how they focus on base jumping (can’t blame ’em, after all, they’re journalists.) See if you can guess which voiceover is mine (hint, it’s short and involves making ski turns, not base jumping.) The clip is in the form of an interview with Kayce Jennings (widow of Peter Jennings) and Tom Yellin, the producers of Steep, and includes shots from the movie. Steep is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 28.

Sadly, as of 2015 we can’t find a functional link for the preview/interview. If anyone knows anything, please leave a comment.


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7 Responses to “A Little Bit of Steep, the Movie”

  1. scott April 20th, 2007 8:51 pm

    lets get after it! Lou–where can I find out when Steep is coming to Colorado? I’m stoked you were involved in this project.

  2. Lou April 21st, 2007 6:20 am

    Scott, I was involved in the sense that they used my history book and online chronology to organize their story, they interviewed me, and I did end up doing some voice over, but that’s the extent of it. Sponsored skiers such as Chris Davenport and the late Doug Coombs were much more involved. I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed to see all the base jumping in this preview/interview, as to the best of my knowledge neither Davenport nor Coombs ever base jumped (or if they did, they didn’t stick with it). For the record, I’ve never base jumped either. As far as I know it’s an amazing thing to do, but the odds are pretty stiff. To portray it as a big part of extreme skiing is wrong, so I’m hoping the actual movie doesn’t do that.

    As for when we can see the movie, that’s a mystery.

  3. Big Sky April 22nd, 2007 3:41 pm

    Why is this film being premired in NYC? Did they grab a bit of our culture so they can take it back to there friends and say look at us and these neat people out west? Lot’s of $$ involved here and I wonder if it is truely paying tribute to the REAL folks that made this happen…why Not Jackson, Aspen, Tahoe? Interesting…selling out for $$? It does look like a great film…

  4. Lou April 22nd, 2007 6:08 pm

    Big Sky, I think it’s just that they’re New Yorkers and wouldn’t even think of showing it first anywhere else. Probably nothing sinister, though I have to admit I wish we all could somehow see it sooner rather than later.

  5. Big Sky Rida April 23rd, 2007 10:43 am

    Lou, I agree and am willign to bet that it will never come remotely close to Montana. Possible at Sundance, but surely not in Missoula sadly. Again, I hope I’m wrong…

  6. mike April 27th, 2007 3:10 pm

    There is a new trailer up on OutYo:

    Steep: Doug Coombs

  7. flyin Brian April 30th, 2007 8:16 pm

    I attended the premier. I’ve seen a lot of ski movies over time, these days they all rock. This movie is not your traditional ski movie, but it rocks like the rest and then some. It is a very well done story about how and why big mountain skiing evolved. The story stair steps you up to the edge of your seat as Shane, Chris, Doug and Ingred rip big mountain lines. Doug Coombs and his story from High School to Alaska and on to La Grave is amazing. His comments from 4 days before his death are haunting. These guys did a great job in capturing and trying to answer the question as to why these athletes put themselves in these life and death ski situtations. There was a huge buzz from everyone seeing the movie. The High def viewing was also awesome. Cant wait to see it on the big screen.

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