Article Published: Nov. 29, 2013 | Modified: Dec. 5, 2013
In the anticipation for the upcoming winter season, Appalachian State University Outdoor Programs is hosting a screening of Sherpas Cinema’s new film, “Into the Mind,” on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Sherpas Cinema is the production company behind the critically acclaimed, award-winning film, “All.I.Can.” Its latest production, “Into the Mind,” has been said to “...blur the lines between dream state and reality and immerse you into the mind of a common skier, as he attempts to climb and ski the ultimate mountain,” as described in the film synopsis. “Innovative athlete segments are actually a glimpse into his dreamscape, each one harboring messages that help inform our hero’s current, real-life choices.”
After its world premiere this September in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, which attracted some 1,600 snowsports enthusiasts, “Into the Mind” has experienced a reception like no other — touring across six continents, at more than 300 stops, which now include Boone.
One of the more prominent stops the film made was at another iconic mountain town: Banff, Alberta, Canada, for the Banff Mountain Film Festival. As residents in the High Country and surrounding region know very well, the Banff Mountain Film Festival features some of the world’s most celebrated mountain films, “and ‘Into the Mind’ was a natural fit,” Outdoor Programs associate director Rich Campbell said. “When the film goes on the World Tour, which comes to Boone in March, attendees will see a shortened, festival-cut version.”
The Dec. 4 screening, however, will be the full-length, 120-minute version that compares the challenges of big mountain skiing to the challenges of global climate change. The film was shot on six continents over two years and features cinematography that’s been hailed as “groundbreaking.”
“The direction that outdoor filmmaking is taking with high-quality cinematography and creative editing techniques is really exciting, and Sherpas Cinema is absolutely a concrete example of that,” Outdoor Programs media and marketing manager Wes Overvold said. “Not only do they painstakingly pay attention to every detail on the technical side, but they also tell a story that anyone can relate to.”
“Into the Mind” features a “who’s who” of big mountain skiers and snowboarders, including Callum Pettit, Kye Petersen, J.P. Auclair, Tom Wallisch, Rory Bushfield, Eric Hjorleifson, Austin Ross, Kris Erickson, Johnny Collinson, Xavier de le Rue, Benji Farrow, Ingrid Backstrom, Izzy Lynch, Angel Collinson, DCP, Jimmy Chin, Renan Öztürk, Matty Richard , Ian Mcintosh, Mark Abma and Conrad Anker.
Footage was shot in Canada, Alaska, Bolivia, Nepal and Costa Rica.
The film will be shown on Appalachian State’s campus at the I.G. Greer Auditorium at 8 p.m. Dec. 4. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are on sale now for $10 apiece at Footsloggers, located at 139 Depot St. in downtown Boone. For more information, visit http://op.appstate.edu