A group of local winter enthusiasts are holding a South Shore event Friday, in an effort to premiere a film and bring the community together before the season.
The Gathering 2013 will be open at Harrah’s to all ages from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and be hosted by Two South Lake Tahoe businesses: Painted Visuals Media and Tall Treez Design Company.
Guests will have a chance to catch up with friends and watch a variety of films at The Gathering, including “Coming Home,” the latest venture from Painted Visuals Media.
The movie is the fourth by filmmaker Martin Rubio, founder of Painted Visuals Media and co-owner of Tall Treez Design Company. It follows several expert skiers and snowboarders and was shot solely in the Lake Tahoe area, Rubio said.
“I named it ‘Coming Home’ because Lake Tahoe really means a lot to us,” he said, “and I’ve been trying to tell a story of what it means to all the skiers and snowboarders.”
Some of Rubio’s favorite scenes are a series of time-lapse shots that show hours or days of Tahoe landscape passing by in seconds.
“It shows the beauty of Lake Tahoe in ways you can’t really see with the human eye,” he said.
About 30 local riders and filmmakers were involved in the movie’s production, which filmed at Sierra-at-Tahoe and in Tahoe’s snowy backcountry, he said. Most of the people involved in the project grew up in the Tahoe area and have remained longtime friends.
Rubio, who is always striving to make a better film, said “Coming Home” might be his best so far.
“I’m really excited to show it to the community,” he said. “It came out really well.”
Along with local efforts, The Gathering 2013 will feature a number of films from production company Level 1, including “Partly Cloudly,” “The Wallisch Project” and “Afterhours 2.”
About 500 people attended the event in previous years and a similar turnout is expected tonight, said Steven Owens, Rubio’s longtime friend, filming partner and co-organizer of the The Gathering 2013.
Live art, provided by local Will Eichelberger, and live music will be available throughout the evening, he said. Proceeds from a raffle will benefit the Sugar Pine Foundation, and an open bar will be open for visitors 21 and over.
Additionally, the $12 admission price will guarantee free access into Peek nightclub after the show, he said, and the first 100 guests will receive a free lift ticket to Sierra-at-Tahoe.