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‘Into the Mind’ takes a deeper look at skiing

The follow up to Sherpas Cinema’s critically acclaimed “All.I.Can” hits Truckee this week, and, if “Into the Mind” is anything like its predecessor, it will not be your average ski movie premiere.

“With stunning cinematography and groundbreaking storytelling techniques, the Sherpas 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,” according to a press release from Sherpas Cinema. “Innovative athlete segments are actually a glimpse into his dreamscape, each one harboring messages that help inform our hero’s current, real-life choices. As you experience the majesty of Alaska, Bolivia, the Himalaya and beyond, Into the Mind paints a philosophical portrait of human kind. How do we balance risk versus reward? Why are we inspired to rise to the challenges in our lives and what do we learn on this journey to attain them?”

Trailers for the film feature beautiful slow-motion shots over giant, snow-capped peaks; indescribable halfpipe shots; beautiful ocean waves; plenty of epic, big mountain skiing and one incredibly frightening yard sale.

“The crew behind Sherpas Cinema are masters of their craft,” according to a review of the movie from the International Freeski Film Festival. “Their tricks have tricks up their sleeves. The roster for Into the Mind is stacked and the movie promises to be nothing short of a spiritual experience. From the mouths of Sherpas: ‘Into the Mind paints a philosophical portrait of human kind as stories, experience and outcome are passed between mentors and peers.’ Basically, Into the Mind is a knowledge bomb that will leave your senses drooling in satiation.”

The festival gave “Into the Mind” five awards, including Film of the Year, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Big Mountain Movie and Best Freeride Male part.

Athletes featured in the film include Callum Pettit, Kye Petersen, JP 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, among others.

Footage was shot in Whistler, Revelstoke, Nelson, Calgary, Alberta, Denali National Park, Alaska, Zermatt Bolivia, Nepal and Costa Rica.

The 66-minute film follows Sherpas Cinemas’ “All.I.Can,” which compared the challenges of big mountain skiing to the challenges of global climate change. That film was shot on six continents over two years and featured groundbreaking cinematography.

Prior to the Truckee showing of “Into the Mind,” the High Fives Foundation will hold the world premiere of #HelmetsAreCool.

The movie is the third documentary in the foundation’s B.A.S.I.C.S. series and features four athletes’ stories about helmets and head injuries.

“The High Five Foundation’s B.A.S.I.C.S. program service is designed to promote safety and awareness through world-class fundamentals coaching, education and video presentations to winter action sports enthusiasts of all ages,” according to a press release from the foundation. “By teaming up with POC, the High Five’s B.A.S.I.C.S. program aims to raise awareness about helmets and their effectiveness in preventing concussions, head injuries and TBI’s (Traumatic Brain Injuries).”

The goal of the Thursday event is to raise money and awareness for athletes that have suffered life-altering injuries while pursuing a dream in the winter action sports community, according to the release. Money raised during the event will support a variety of High Fives Foundation endeavors such as the purchase of rehabilitative and adaptive equipment and funding alternative healing and therapies.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 17, 2013 09:56AM Published Oct 22, 2013 01:38PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.