On September 24, 4FRNT Skis with Poor Boys Productions premiered CRJ: The Chronicle Of A Freeskiing Icon, and Tracing Skylines.
CRJ: The Chronicle Of A Freeskiing Icon – 4FRNT Media
Charles Russel Johnson, better known as CRJ was a freeskier from Truckee, Lake Tahoe California. The film follows a timeline of CR’s life from his first time on skis, to his tragic death in 2010. “The film is a tribute to CRJ, this is our way of honoring him” said Matt Sterbenz, Founder of 4FRNT Skis. 4FRNT Media highlighted accomplishments from CR’s life, when he landed a 1440° spin at the age of 15 years old, or when he landed a 1260° in the X Games against Tanner Hall. While filming in 2005, CR sustained an injury to the head, which caused him to endure a comma, and months of physical therapy. Determined to make a comeback from this injury, CR worked on his backcountry skiing until he eventually took third in Red Bull’s Line Catcher event in 2010. CR expresses his feelings about life as a skier by saying “I’d rather live, actually living and doing what I love, instead of living without skiing for the next 80 years”. This film is not in any way a typical ski movie, it gives viewers a perspective that no other ski film has in the past. CR’s life, represented in the film, inspires skiers to honor the sport, respect the mountain, and ski more passionately. I would recommend this movie to everyone, skier or not.
Tracing Skylines – Poor Boyz Productions
Most ski movies don’t start with a surfing trip to Mexico, but Tracing Skylines isn’t like most ski movies. In this movie Poor Boyz Productions takes viewers to locations around the world like British Columbia, Alaska, the Swiss Alps, and Detroit. The film features some of the world’s best skiers in their natural habitat. Every type of skiing you can imagine is represented in a unique and creative way. Sean Pettit plunges into a frozen lake on a lazy (and freezing) day in British Columbia, a not-so-common rite of passage into manhood. Pep Fujas exemplifies what backcountry skiing should be as he drops cliffs and dodges avalanches in Alaska. Karl Fostvedt and Khai Krepela show us what Detroit has to offer as they hit 20 foot drops inside abandoned churches, build kickers out of piles of trash with snow thrown on top, and water ski through the irrigation ditches of suburban Detroit. Even though their lives were in danger multiple times during their time in Detroit, this crew did not give up on their dreams of turning ruins of buildings into a skiers playground. Julien Regnier treks through the alps, rappels off cliff faces (while clipped into skis), and enjoys the serenity of being in a winter paradise. Logan Pehota and other skiers take a small boat out to an island with nothing but a lighthouse. This lighthouse is home to this group of skiers as they ski different lines everyday and continually find ways to push themselves to the next level. The movie ends as the entire crew unites to celebrate the great season that they had. Tracing Skylines is undoubtedly a classic ski film and a must see for everyone in the skiing community.