Ski film finishes big with Kirkwood footage
Instead of resting on his laurels, Anthony Cupaiuolo of First Tracks Productions is jibbing more logs.
With two movies set to show in the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival this weekend, Cupaiuolo was headed with a film crew out to a location he had scouted by mountain bike this summer — all they needed was snow.
“We’ve been waiting for it,” Cupaiuolo said.
Cupaiuolo’s pursuit of footage probably has something to do with his having a hand in two highlights for local festivalgoers. The event will feature First Tracks’ snowboard film “Hello My Name Is,” and Coreshot Films brought Cupaiuolo and Dan Moses on board to help with “Linescore.”
“It was a real busy year for us, and I’ve been pretty fortunate that we’ve gotten more support and more people involved,” Cupaiuolo said.
“Hello My Name Is” is the local outfit’s sixth release and expounds on First Tracks’ bread-and-butter: South Shore snowboarders and some skateboarding.
“It’s really grown to be like a cool local community project like every year.”
Locations vary from Utah to Finland and British Columbia, but almost half is footage from around Lake Tahoe.
“It’s definitely by far our biggest,” Cupaiuolo said. “Like all our releases, we involve a lot of local riders. That’s something that we always want to keep doing.”
The festival will also feature a special cut of the ski movie “Linescore,” on which Cupaiuolo and Moses joined forces with Coreshot. The film features two local skiers on the North American Freeride Tour, as well as some 10 minutes of footage from the tour’s final stop, Kirkwood.
“The whole Kirkwood segment is kind of like what it builds to,” Cupaiuolo said.
The festival also features some North Shore flavor, with an eight-minute cut of Matchstick Productions’ “Seven Sunny Days,” with wing suits and ski BASE jumping footage.