The trailer for the latest soul-flick from Sweetgrass Productions just dropped, and it looks to be another mold-breaking masterwork. While it appears that this film follows the sweetgrass formula, which celebrates a deeper exploration of the heart and soul of the skiing life, it is a distinct break from style of their last monumental effort, Solitaire.
Solitaire, a two year project documenting an ambitious, perilous and often soul crushing search for the ultimate South American backcountry skiing experience was spectacular in its capacity to fuse masterful visual imagery with some of the world’s most inhospitable conditions. The very existence of the film was a remarkable feat, and the fact that its calling card was perfectly executed cinematography is a huge credit to the unerring vision and energy of its creators.
If the trailer is any indication, Valhalla, their latest project continues in the vein of juxtaposition, but instead of textbook perfect visuals set in contrast to infinitely trying conditions, there is a raw imperfection to this piece that makes the ski ideal found in the wilderness of B.C. and Alaska all the more tangible. By subscribing to an absolute immersion into the story as they create it, Sweetgrass has again provided an open door allowing us to feel the sensations, beautiful and chaotic, which drive us to keep exploring. And for that, I thank them and applaud the effort.