‘Pretty Faces’ screens in Summit County, benefits local ski clubs
If you go
What: Unicorn Picnic presents “Pretty Faces,” part of the Get Stoked Winter Film Series
When: 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8
Where: Warren Station at Keystone, River Run Village
Cost: Advanced general admission seating tickets, per show, are available online for $10 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6 to 12 and kids 5 and younger are free. Day-of tickets, per show, are $12 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6 to 12 and kids 5 and younger are free
More information: A large portion of the proceeds from the event will be divided between two of Summit County’s local youth clubs, Team Breck Sports Club and Team Summit. Drink specials and giveaways are also included. To learn more about the Get Stoked Winter Film Series, visit www.warrenstation.com or find the venue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/warrenstation.
The Unicorn Picnic website lists some pretty sobering statistics about women’s presence in ski films. “Despite women’s presence in 40 percent of the skiing population and 30 percent of the adventure sports film viewership only 14 percent of athletes in major ski films were female this past season. Additionally, last season’s 14 percent was record female representation, up from 9 percent the previous season,” the website states.
Unicorn Picnic’s all-female ski film “Pretty Faces” is setting out to change all of that. The film is a combination of standard in-house film production and crowd-sourced contributions pieced together to tell a story of women who thrive in the snow. The Get Stoked Winter Film Series continues on Saturday, Nov. 8, with two showings of “Pretty Faces” at 5:30 and 8 p.m. at Warren Station in Keystone.
Professional big-mountain skier and SheJumps co-founder Lynsey Dyer came up with the concept for “Pretty Faces,” with the objective of inspiring women and girls, young and old. Dyer said thus far, most big-mountain ski films have focused on men, and it’s time to provide some new perspectives.
She said it’s important for women and girls to have a film they can relate to, “so that they recognize that they have a place in the action sports world, and more importantly, to me, in the outdoors because I think the outdoors, in my life, it’s been the most empowering part of my life.”
Finding a fit “out there” isn’t about pushing girls to be pro athletes, Dyer said. It’s about encouraging them to embrace their crazy ideas and dreams, whatever they might be.
“When we are outside, in my opinion, that’s when all our best ideas come,” she said. “We work out our problems on a run or on a ski track or a hike. Our best ideas come from that. … So much of our focus is on image and how we look and being accepted by our peers. The more we can find self-acceptance, the more we’ll believe in those crazy ideas.”
Dyer herself has made it a goal to walk the talk, believing in her own crazy ideas that many thought were impossible to achieve, and making “Pretty Faces” was one of those dreams.
“That’s what I preach, so I had to do it myself,” she said. “Everyone said making a life out of skiing was impossible, a movie about skier girls, everyone told me it was not possible, it was going to fail, no one would want to see it. If you’re being constantly told that your crazy idea as a little girl isn’t possible, the chance of you following through is not very good. If I can give an example of what is possible, then I can help other girls to follow through with their crazy pursuits, whether they are athletic or not.”
BIG NAMES, LITTLE STARS
“Pretty Faces” shows off the skills of big-name athletes like Olympians Keri Herman and Devin Logan and former Teton Gravity Research skier Rachael Burks, but it’s also about inspiring the next generation of shredders. Local skier Camden Gallen, 12, had her moment in the spotlight alongside some of her heroes.
“I do a 720, which is two 360s, then I do a cork, which is an off-axis trick, and I do a rail-ish, box thing that I ride and I hop off the end,” Gallen said. “I think that’s it.”
Gallen said it was “pretty awesome” to be a part of a ski film at the age of 12, and she was really shocked when they decided to use her footage in the film.
“I got to go to the premier in Boulder and I was super stoked and really happy because it was really happening and all the girls were super stoked and it was really awesome,” she said. “I was really honored to be a part of that because it’s mostly big mountain, but to have a park thing in what was mostly big mountain was pretty cool.”
Gallen said she was excited to discover when she arrived at the Boulder Theater on Tuesday, Sept. 30, that she would be more than just a face in the crowd.
“I wasn’t expecting to really do anything, just watch the movie, and one guy came up to me who was running the move and had me sign posters and go behind the scenes and go onstage; he put my name on the list, and it was really fun and awesome,” she said. “And I was really happy to be a part of it.”
Meeting Dyer was also a thrill.
“She is absolutely amazing and so inspiring,” Gallen said. “And she’s just so happy about everything and she’s hilarious. She really loves life, and I really like that about her. When I came in she hugged me and I was so, like, what?! Because she’s such a big name out in the ski industry and showing up and hardly knowing who I am but seeing me ski off of videos and totally embracing me and like, ahhh!”
NOT YOUR AVERAGE SKI FLICK
Dyer said she’s gotten good feedback from people who have seen the film, which she said is more story-based than most hot-rodding, big-mountain flicks. She said it’s more focused on living an impossible dream, which resonates beyond just skiing.
“I’m most proud that I watch audience after audience be somehow changed as they walk out of the theaters,” Dyer said. “It’s been consistent. Every show has sold out, and the feeling that people walk out with, reading the energy of the crowd, is beyond what I hoped for, which was to connect people back to a time when anything was possible and believing in their dreams.
“They walk out like little kids. They come in sometimes with this classic, I’m cool, I’m coming to a ski movie, a little bit skeptical, and they leave like little kids. It’s awesome.”
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