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2010 TOUR CONCLUDES W/ THE MOTHER OF ALL BANGERS! SOLD OUT SHOW AT ALYESKA RESORT’S KAHILTNA COURT!!
November 07 2010 - 3:44:50:pm by Frankie
After 30 plus cities and 35 plus screenings, we were definitely running on fumes. But we had enough gas left in the tank for one more show, then 2010 would be in the books!
Even more so than Anchorage, Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, which is forty minutes away, was pretty well caked with snow. The Resort was just days away from opening day and the locals were ready! This was only our second show ever produced in Alaska, but we felt that this one was going to be off the hook. It's always a big thrill to hear the hometown crowd react to footage shot in their back yard, and this year's AK footage was shot in all its glory literally right outside their windows! Energy was going be at an all time high!
The Hotel Alyeska, aka "Castle Greyskull", pretty much resembles a castle. Situated in the quiet resort town of Girdwood and at the base of Alyeska Resort, the Hotel Alyeska is an ideal place to hole up when conditions and light aren't good to go. Turned out to be great place to host a premiere as well, since my accommodations were on the same floor as our venue!
With doors set to open at 7pm, the Girdwood faithful were already lined up and storming the doors at 6:30pm, and not too long after that, the show had sold out! The locals filled the Enter To Win bucket and once again hung out with crew from Chugach Powder Guides. The crowd was certainly in party mode as the drinks were flowing hard!
We were lucky to still be pretty well stocked for the last swag toss of the year, along with the last giveaways of Helly Hansen and Smith stuff, and one final pair of CoreUPT Skis! Chugach Powder Guides threw in one more day of heli skiing, and Alyeska Resort gave away one more Powder Pass!
When the film rolled, we were ready for the volume to go to eleven! Yes, the cheering started immediately with Pettit, and continued through Bralorne, Ingird and company in Tahoe, the Swedes in Tulsequah, Abma and Hoji hikes, and Colby's recap. But as one could imagine, the place went absolutely richter ballistic when Alyeska Resort went up on the screen! The cheers were there all through the Alyeska shots, and it all came to an earth trembling climax when Gus officially declared "We are in Alyeska, AK". Of course, the volume went up a few notches at the sight of Bobby landing the triple! It was great to hear the crowd calling out their friends randomly, as they caught glimpses of each other on screen!
The AK love continued of course into Cody and Henrik's segment. Heard similar deafening roars when the boys chimed in together, "We're in A-K," and the Girdwood sign came on screen! Made the hairs on the back of the neck stand up a little! Cody nails the first cliff and it was all time cheering from there!
All in all, a very high energy show for our fist time in Girdwood! And a great way to wrap up our 2010 tour! Thanks to all from Girdwood for coming out, we'll be back and may have to add another screening! Thanks to our buds from Chugach Powder Guides, and our friends at Alyeska Resort for the hospitality and for being such gracious hosts!
The 2010 tour is history! It has been a long, but very satisfying haul, and we're all anticipating what 2011 will bring! Until then, everyone safely get your ski on! Thanks to all who came, saw, and supported!
Love and respect...
450 + GET THE WINTER STOKE AT ANCHOARGE, AK’S WENDY WILLIAMSON AUDITORIUM FOR “THE WAY I SEE IT”!
November 06 2010 - 3:38:39:pm by Frankie
After covering the West Coast, East Coast and Inter-Mountain regions, it was time to ditch the lower 48 and head north to Alaska. As our plane touched down in Anchorage, it was dumping and the streets were covered with snow. We quickly received reports of skiers hiking and snowmobiling for turns, so a good ole ski movie was just the thing Alaskan's needed to step into full on winter.
The interesting thing about us hosting in Alaska was that it was MSP's first time producing shows in the state, despite the fact that we have been annually shooting there since the early nineties. Yet another frontier awaiting in the great state of Alaska...
The Wendy Williamson Auditorium sits on the University of Alaska's campus and is like a mini arena with comfy seating, good sight lines, and acoustics. The AK hardcore stacked the Enter To Win bucket and got to know the folks from Chugach Powder Guides and Friends of the Chugach National Forest. Everyone in attendance was treated to a complimentary lift ticket from our friends at nearby Alyeska Resort!
After a big Alaska-sized swag toss, we doled the Helly Hansen Outerwear, Smith Goggles and CoreUPT Skis. One lucky fan received a Powder Pass from Alyeska Resort, and another lucky one received a free day of Heli Skiing with Chugach Powder Guides!
At show time, Anchorage brought the noise! Virtually non stop loudness through all the footage from their home state! Great to experience that type of reaction!
What a great way to set off our first produced screening in Alaska! Thanks to everyone who came out! Shout outs to Fred Parke and the crew at World Cup Sports in Anchorage! You guys did a great job on the ground for us there, and we're looking forward to next year! Thanks also goes out to the Friends of the Chugach National Forest, and to Chugach Powder Guides for getting on board and providing some sweet prize packages! Finally thanks to everyone at Alyeska Resort for spreading the love in Anchorage!
One more to go in AK, and that will wrap it up for 2010! Girdwood, AK tomorrow night!
East Coast Wrap Up
November 04 2010 - 2:33:26:pm by Frankie
It has been an exhausting, but overall exciting and excellent pleasure to bring "The Way I See It" to the East Coast masses! Great to see old friends, and happy to say that we made a ton of new friends a long the way! Every show was energetic and off the hook fun! Looking forward to returning and bringing whatever fine product we turn out next year!
Bob and FOTM, Cranmore Mountain Resort in Portsmouth, NH. Saddleback in Maine. Al's Ski Barn/Untracked in Portland, ME. Ryan Rubino and the Ski Rack, and Kim Leslie and the Stowe Crew. Greg at Mt. Snow, and Heather at Jack Frost Big Boulder. Joe, Stacy, Nicole, Regis and Yaya at Red Bull. Melissa at Subaru of America. The Music Hall, The Brattle Theatre, The Port City Music Hall, The HIgher Ground, Merkin Concert Hall, and World Cafe Live Upstairs. And all of our friends, family and fans on the East Coast...Thank you all very much for being there for MSP! All the best...until next year, safe winter!
EAST COAST CONCLUDES IN THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE WITH SELL OUT OF WORLD CAFE LIVE UPSTAIRS!
October 30 2010 - 2:26:21:pm by Frankie
Only one left to go in the lower 48, and it happens to be in my hometown of Philadelphia. Though I have lived my entire adult life out west, my skiing history is deeply rooted on the East Coast. I have spent many weekends standing in lift lines, attempting to rail it on the hardest ice, eating my cafeteria food while sitting on the floor, and skiing bumps feeling like Wayne Wong until they turned off the lights. My story is not uncommon to most transplants to the west, but I do consider myself fortunate to have made the move, and it feels good to come home and share the love. Especially since the Phils missed the World Series and the Eagles are struggling!
The World Cafe Live is an intimate, but modern, live music venue that provides a sweet vibe for the film. The food is also quite good, so it was literally dinner and a movie for a lot of viewers. Subaru of America HQ is located just across the bridge in Cherry Hill, NJ, so they were in full effect. Our friends from Vermont were on hand, and kind enough to bring Travis Pastrana's Subaru Rally Car...no Travis, but his car is really cool. Subaru also threw in more swag than we knew what to do with!
The Philly crowd moved in quickly and signed up for the night's giveaways and stuff from Subaru. Cody Townsend made new friends (despite him being an SF Giants fan) and Jack Frost Big Boulder stoked out the people with 2 for 1 lift ticket vouchers. We took the stage and Cody and I took what felt like 15 minutes to unload the last of the East Coast swag. Helly Hansen, Smith and Disctete goods went off into the night and the last pair of Volkl Ledges were given away a long with a season pass to Jack Frost Big Boulder!
The intimate crowd brought the noise all night! Sean showed 'em once again that with right skills it's perfectly fine to ski with your face sometimes. They were stoked on all the cool lines that Hoji, Sean, Bushy and Heimer hit in Bralorne, though they were wondering how late can you get a cheese steak and a pretzel there. When Bobby Brown nailed his triple in AK, I don't think Philadelphia has heard louder cheers since the Sixers won the NBA championship in 1984. Cody and Henrik always get the love at the closing Girdwood, AK seggy...the people look at Cody and say, "That's him, that's the dude who just skied those unbelievably crazy mountains in the movie!"
It's been a long haul, and I can't believe the West Coast, Inter-Mountain region and East Coast are in the books. Stoked to bring the love to the home front! Thanks to Jack Frost Big Boulder for coming on board. Also thanks to Yaya and Red Bull for the sweet beats of Ultra Violet! Big, big thanks to Melissa T at Subaru of America, and Vermont Sports Cars for the killer set up outside - and the extra swag! Yeah, we've gotten a lot done, but not quite finished yet! Friday night at the Williamson Auditorium in Anchorage, and Saturday night to the place where a lot of things went down, Girdwood, AK. See you there!
Be sure to check out the pics from the Philly show HERE
NEW YORK READY FOR SKI SEASON AS THEY PACK THE HOUSE FOR “THE WAY I SEE IT”!
October 29 2010 - 11:44:10:am by Frankie
A couple days of rest, and we're ready for NYC. A little bit of catching up with friends and family, eating tons of food, taking in some night life, and spending a little too much money...we were primed and ready for New York.
We're lucky to have built a strong following in New York that has continued to blossom, and despite the fact that temps have been in 80s, New Yorkers were ready for the temps to drop and the snow to fall. For 2010 we chose to return to the tightly run ship at the Merkin Concert Hall near Lincoln Center. One year ago, the Merkin had all you needed from comfortable seating to sweet acoustics...everything you need except for a selection of adult beverages. Happy to say that this year, they offered a fine selection of wines for all to enjoy, and if things continue to go our way, we may have wine and light beer or something next year!
Not sure at this point how many shows he has done, but Cody Townsend is an absolute stud and was stoked to meet the New York fans for the first time. In town for a well deserved appearance on MTV, Bobby Brown was in the house as well. Our new partners and friends from Mount Snow were on hand to hit New Yorkers with a ton of free lift tickets!
It was super fun taking the stage as New York was fired up last night! Cody and Bobby sent the free product, and the Helly Hansen, Smith and Discrete goods went out as well. Yet another pair of Volkl Ledges found a new owner, along with a $50 gift certificate from EVO!
At show time the crowd was eating it all up...Non stop hollas for Pettit, and probably the most laughter we heard on tour through the beginning of the Niseko Japan segment. Ingrid, who we missed dearly this year in NYC, got much heartfelt applause while ripping Tahoe with her brother Arne. Timy Dutton's brother Jake was on hand cheering through all 15 back flips he pulled off in Tahoe. Of course, Cody and Henrik never fail to please the crowd by crushing it in AK!
So stoked to have been back in New York! Thank you to everyone, and glad to help set off your winter! Thanks to the Merkin crew...looking forward to the addition of beer in the fall of 2011! Thanks to Duff of Red Bull for the product and bringing in the sweet beats of Yamez! Big props and thanks to Greg, Kayla and Micheala of Mount Snow for spreading the ski love in Manhattan.
High tailing to Philly today, to wrap up the East Coast! World Cafe Live Upstairs tonight...gonna be sweet and this is it! See you there!
Check out the full photo gallery from the night HERE
LOVE ON THE EAST COAST CONTINUES AS “THE WAY I SEE IT” SELLS OUT BURLINGTON’S HIGHER GROUND!
October 24 2010 - 10:50:52:am by Frankie
Back to back to back to back is what it is - that's how we started things off on the East Coast. The pace has been fast and demanding, but the turn outs and feed back have been sweet so it's all good!
Burlington, VT at the Higher Ground has always been an East Coast homecoming of sorts. A top notch venue and staff, and a super hyped and loyal crowd always awaits our arrival. Nothing but a good time at the Higher Ground!
Always a fun mixed crowd in Burlington...families and little up and comers, college students and skiers from the hills all come out to get the stoke. Vermont had actually got pretty good shellacking of the goods recently and reports of turns were already coming in!
DJ ZJ courtesy of Red Bull worked the ones and twos for a good groove in the room. Always eager for gear, the Vermont faithful hit the Enter to Win Bucket hard. Ingrid and Cody had reunions with old friends. Stowe Mountain Resort was on hand "Stoweking" everyone out with Stowe points cards, and it was heavy traffic at the Higher Ground bar.
After an action packed swag toss with Cody and Ingrid with lots of stuff from the Ski Rack, Helly Hansen, Smith and Discrete gear hit the street. Biggest winner of the night copped some Volkl Ledges and a season pass from Stowe!
Have I mentioned that people love Sean Pettit yet? Well they also dug on Hoji and Abma going on walk-abouts for turns, and the Swedes singing down the mountains in Tulsequah 'til they got worked. Ingrid has always been a hero here, so they were sad to see her snowmobile go up in flames. They were practically in tears when they saw she crunched her Subaru, since Subaru is the official state car of Vermont. Bobby, Russ and Gus in AK had 'em wondering what special effects company we hired up there. At Henrik and Cody's segment, bar sales slowed because folks were saving their duckets to go heli skiing.
Except for the Phillies failing to make the World Series, Saturday night in Vermont was sweet! Thanks Higher Ground for yet another great night. Thank you Nicole and Dave of Red Bull for bringing in DJ ZJ, and an off the hook after party! Thank you Stowe Mountain Resort for "Stoweking" out your people! And big thanks to our long time friends at the Ski Rack...a world class act, and we wouldn't do this with anyone else!
Couple of days off will be sweet, but the tour rolls on! NYC on the 28th @ the Merkin Concert Hall...tickets still available but going fast, so come on down! Can't believe it, but we wrap up the East Coast on Friday at the World Cafe Live Upstairs in hometown of Philadelphia! I better see you there!
Check out the full photo gallery from the night in VT HERE
FIRST TIME SCREENING IN MAINE BY MSP SELLS OUT THE PORT CITY MUSIC HALL FOR “THE WAY I SEE IT”!
October 23 2010 - 10:43:39:am by Frankie
Portsmouth, NH to Boston to Portland, ME...a virtual whirlwind of getting very familiar with Interstate 95 and paying tolls. With two strong showings in Portsmouth and Boston, it was time for a historic first show by MSP in Portland, ME. Yes it's historic because again, what is not historic in New England? And it was our first time producing and hosting a show in Maine!
After years of people telling us we should host in Portland, we finally upped the ante and here we are. I was a little nervous since it was our first time there, and to add to my own confusion, the city names of Portland and Portsmouth and the venue names of Port City Music Hall and the Music Hall make my mind run in circles...but that's my problem.
Though Portland is a cool New England city on Casco Bay skiing is not far away, and we quickly learned the skiers are as fired up as any on the planet. The Port City Music Hall is a relatively new venue, modeled after the famous Higher Ground of Burlington, VT.
Upon arrival for set up, we discovered the show had practically sold out, so it was on! Ian and Kevin were back at it on behalf of Saddleback, stoking everyone out in attendance with a free lift ticket. Adam from Al's Ski Barn/Untracked dot com set up shop and threw in some cool items for the giveaways and raffle. The Enter to Win Bucket was non stop action, and Cody and Ingrid made a ton of new friends and fans! Showtime...Ingrid and Cody shelled Portland with free stuff from Al's/Untracked. The Helly Hansen, Smith and Discrete gear was doled out, and this time the big winner was all set with a pair of Volkl Ledges, and a season pass to Saddleback!
The Rock and Roll vibe of Port City Music Hall enhanced the volume of crowd reaction, as Portland did not stop cheering and gasping at all they witnessed!
Could not have a better welcome to Portland, ME! Sorry to those who did not make it in, we'll get you in next year! Port City Music Hall rocks it..thanks to all y'all! All the love to Adam and the Al's/Untracked crew...coolest set up in all of Maine! Thanks to Joe and Stacy of Red Bull for the beats and after party! Saddleback...you are our new homies, and your love enthusiasm and support went off huge in New England! Thank you and you guys are welcome anytime!
North and West to the Higher Ground in Burlington, VT then south to NYC and hometown of Philadelphia. You gots to go!
Check out the full photo gallery from the night Portland ME HERE
BOSTON HITS IT HARD WITH TWO SOLD OUT SHOWS OF “THE WAY I SEE IT” AT THE BRATTLE THEATRE!
October 22 2010 - 10:34:48:am by Frankie
Portsmouth was a blast, and I probably described something about it as historic, but what isn't historic in New England? Anyhow, it was on to Boston...the Brattle Theatre is truly historic because it was originally used as a Harvard lecture hall and has been operating as a movie venue since the 50's. They started serving beer at some point, and as they say, "the rest is history..."
2009 was our first year at the Brattle, and we sold out that show. That was cool, except for the people we had to turn away. Not wanting to ignore or repeat history, we decided to add another screening this year.
Good thing too, as both shows were packed to the gills with the Boston hard cores! Cody and Ingrid both developed carpel tunnel, and our new friends from Saddleback in Maine were having a good time and inviting some new friends to come check them out.
Swag flew and cool stuff was won, highlighted by a couple of pairs of Volkls and two season passes to Saddleback for the 2010/11 season!
Boston was not shy about their excitement and stoke for the upcoming winter. The cheers were at eleven for Sean's silkiness in the opener, Japan and Bralorne. All chuckles for Colby's 2010 season. Oohs and gasps for the Swedes in Tulsequah, and all of fans wanting to win that trip to AK after seeing what Henrik and Cody got done up there.
Great to see the Boston crowd growing year after year! Thank you guys! Thanks to Ned Hinkle and the Brattle Film foundation for your efforts! What you guys do is not easy, but very noble! Special thanks to the whole Saddleback Maine crew for hooking everyone up with lift tickets, and throwing two season passes into the mix! See you in Portland, ME.
We've been up and down the coast like we don't understand geography, and that's how we roll. Portland, ME on Friday, Burlington, VT on Saturday. Sorry about the Yanks, and my beloved Phillies...now y'all got no excuse to miss us in NYC on Oct. 28, and Philly Oct. 29! See you when I see you!
Check out the full photo gallery from the night at the Brattle HERE
EAST COAST KICK OFF AT PORTSMOUTH’S MUSIC HALL FOR “THE WAY I SEE IT”!
October 21 2010 - 10:07:32:am by Frankie
A little time off the road is a good thing. With the World Premiere, west coast and inter-mountain regions behind us, it was time to bring the beast to the east. The thing is, out west there are a lot of options as far as terrain and snow. Back east, where I grew up skiing, it's really all about determination, heart and soul. Glory days are few and far between on the east coast, as are trips out west. Yes.. different coast, different terrain and conditions..but the the passion, the love and the feeling...it's all the same.
We've been coming to the historically cool-ass, sea coast town of Portsmouth, NH as long as I remember, and despite this fact, we have hosted our film in just about every possible venue in the area. Pretty much out of pure luck, we finally secured a date at the "world famous, the calendar is always full at the time of year when I want to show our ski film" Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. The Hall is the place to be for our type of gig...a super cool entry and bar, with another cool lobby an awesome screen and sick sound.
Cody Townsend continued his role as the mighty touring warrior, along with fellow Squaw resident Ingrid Backstrom who is a heavily decorated veteran of east coast movie tour duty. These two greeted some new fans. Cranmore Mountain Resort was getting busy doling out the free lift tickets and 2 for 1s. The bucket was rockin' with folks eager for a chance at the free goods.
At showtime, it was stoke time as Ingrid and Cody dropped the hammer on the goods, with a lot of stuff from Bob at Fire on the Mountain. Helly Hansen outer wear, Smith eyewear and Discrete fell into the right hands and the happiest cat of the evening probably wanted to go home and mount his new Volkl Ledges by free handing it with his own drill.
Yes, we could probably make an entire film of Sean Pettit dragging his face through pow mounds and jibbing trees, and Portsmouth agreed. New Hampshire native Colby West made the home state proud busting their guts with laughter. Ingrid's ripping of Tahoe with Arne emotionally inspired 'em, and her rent with an option to own experience with her snowmobile had them baffled, sympathetic and giggling. Henrik is the man, and Cody is everyone's hero in AK.
With our first year at the Music Hall a wrap, I can't think of anywhere else in the area to go, so look out for us next year! Thanks Therese La Gamma and Mike for having us. Thank you to Kerry at Cranmore Mountain Resort for getting on board and spreading the love in the home state! Same to Joe D and Stacy of Red Bull for the fun time at TJ's! And the biggest thanks of all to Bob Seiner and the entire posse at Fire on the Mountain...could not do any of this without your passion, support and friendship. You are forever the man!
Reska, Matt Brown and I headin' down to Boston, then Portland, ME, Burlington, VT...the tour continues!
Full photo gallery from the night in Portsmouth HERE
October 15 2010 - 2:49:09:pm by Frankie
For the record, MSP's "The Way I See It" is officially rated PG in the province of British Columbia, Canada. With official classification of this year's film, Vancouver Part Deux was on!
While originally scheduled for the Park Theatre, we were lucky enough to be rescheduled for the Ridge Theatre which is just as cool, comfortable and vintage as the Park. I hooked up our old friend and tattoo artist warrior Jeremy who helped me set the stage for the show.
Gotta love the energy and enthusiasm of the Canadian MSP fans! The UBC Ski and Board Club was on hand sporting their colors. We had some interesting guests...I couldn't really distinguish if they were heading to the hills, or coming off of them! I also couldn't tell if they were paying tribute to Saucerboy, or impersonating Canadian Civil Utility Workers who happened to have ski gear ready in case the opportunity to shred presented itself. EIther way, these fans were fired up!
As you can imagine, Sean Pettit is a Canadian hero, and the crowd ate him up witnessing his heroics take place not too far up the great white north. Canadian pride continued through the boys crushing Bralorne, Abma and Hoji earning turns at Meadow Lodge, and Kaj, Sverre, Richard and Phil going Richter and cheating disaster in Tuselquah. Colby cracked 'em up. Bobby and company had 'em saying "I quit," and Henrik and Cody had 'em counting down the days to ski season!
Special thanks to the Festival Cinemas crew for making Vancouver Part 2 happen! Thanks to Leo Gomez and the players of Helly Hansen on Granville...appreciate all the promo and hard work! Props to the UBC ski and board club as well, the funnest club north of the border! Thank you Jeremy for your help and schlepping me around! Great work and good times! Finally thanks to the Vancouver MSP fans for your understanding, love and loyalty!
I'm going to do some laundry so I'm primed and fresh for the East Coast! Reska, Matti Brown and myself are coming at you, so you all best be ready! Portsmouth, NH Oct. 20, Boston, MA, Oct. 21, Portland, ME, Oct. 22, Burlington, VT, Oct. 23! Lets's do this! See you the shows!
Check out the photos from the night at the Ridge Theatre HERE