Northern Grease snowboard and environmental movie screening in Tahoe |

Northern Grease snowboard and environmental movie screening in Tahoe

Sebastian Foltz
A snowboarder airs off of a backcountry feature in "Northern Grease," a new environmental action documentary by Beyond Boarding.
Courtesy / Beyond Boarding |


WHAT: “Northern Grease” movie screenings

WHEN: Oct. 23-24 and Nov. 4

WHERE: Himmel House, The Chateau and Tahoe Art Haus

COST: $0-12 per person


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — With the growth of organizations like Protect Our Winters, skiing, snowboarding and environmental action groups are increasingly joining forces. It’s part of the premise behind “Northern Grease,” a new movie by Beyond Boarding — a group of snowboarders, surfers and artists supporting environmental issues through activism.

Local Freshies — a South Lake Tahoe-based website dedicated to experiencing mountain towns like a local, along with ski and snowboard news — will host three showings of the new film starting Friday, Oct. 23, at the South Shore’s Himmel House. The film will also be shown at The Chateau in Incline Village Saturday, Oct. 24, and the Tahoe Art Haus in Tahoe City, Nov. 4.

If you’re expecting your average ski and snowboard porn big lines, then Northern Grease probably isn’t for you. It is, however, an excellent — albeit slanted — documentary style presentation with stunning environmental imagery — both positive and negative. You will also still find some solid backcountry snowboard and surf sequences with musical accompaniment. The film tells the story of a group of friends venturing into the wilds of British Columbia and learning about gas-line and fracking plans along the way. It also features a number of entertaining interviews with people stepping off the grid and relying on a host of creative alternative energy sources.

“It inspired us,” Local Freshies COO Shane Rickets said, describing the desire to host the film. “We just want to make sure we bring awareness and give people an outlet to take action.”

Events will be free to attend at the Himmel House and The Chateau; there will be a $12 entree fee at the Tahoe Art Haus.

Mike Basich, a Lake Tahoe Basin resident and former pro snowboarder, is also expected to be at a few showings to present a short video on his off-the-grid home recently featured by a number of media outlets. Organizers could not confirm which events he was going to attend at press time, but they anticipate Basich will be at the one or both of the North Lake screenings.

Proceeds from beer sales and raffle tickets will be divided between Beyond Boarding and the League to Save Lake Tahoe. Organizers said a number of local businesses have contributed to roughly $5,000 dollars in raffle prizes. Sierra-at-Tahoe, Diamond Peak and Homewood Mountain lift tickets are among anticipated prizes, as well as a Gnu snowboard and Tahoe Mountain Sports gift cards.

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