Frisco Backcountry Brewery hosting Powderwhore movie screening
The Howell brothers of Powderwhore Productions are back at it this winter with their 10th ski movie release, “Some Thing Else.”
Noah and Jonah Howell, the founders of the smaller market movie company that prides itself in finding unique characters in remote backcountry destinations and throwing a little low-brow humor in the mix, will be at the Backcountry Brewery Monday, Nov. 10, to screen their latest flick.
“I think we finally tried to make the movie we’ve tried to make for the last five years,” Noah Howell, 38, said of the project. For he and his brother Jonah, 35, it’s more about the stories they find and unique but attainable locations, rather than the big-budget, big-air productions.
“This year I feel like every segment is a good stand alone,” Noah added.
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Much like last year’s “Elevation,” this film is another mix of locations that promise to add new destinations to every skier’s bucket list.
“We want to have a diversity,” Noah said, explaining their approach to the locations and characters they chose to feature. “We hope that everyone finds something that they can relate to or that makes them laugh.”
The places they tend to choose are ones that anyone might plan a trip for, and not necessarily need a helicopter or deep pockets to get to.
“We started that way because we couldn’t afford cat skiing and helis,” Noah said of their early films. “We just started with the simplicity of the backcountry.”
But the mentality stuck. And while some of the locations required a helicopter or plane to get to, once there the crew would typically camp out and shoot on foot for weeks at a time. Noah said he and his brother are especially fond of locations in Alaska and have returned there year after year, because they’re relatively inexpensive to get to and offer some the most diverse terrain they’ve been able to work on.
This year’s movie hops around from remote ranges in Alaska and British Columbia all the way to Hokaido, Japan, with additional stops on Washington’s Mount Rainier as well as the Grand Tetons around Jackson, Wyoming, once again emphasizing backcountry travel by foot.
This year’s colorful cast of characters includes one odd gentleman who essentially built a smoke shack somewhere deep in the backcountry and kind of reminds you of a character from an ’80s-era ski movie.
“He sent us some of his GoPro clips and we said, ‘Wow, we gotta check this guy out.’ It was bizarre,” Noah said, describing the man as one of the more unusual characters they’ve come across.
The movie also includes a brief appearance by renowned Canadian backcountry skier J.P. Auclair, who died earlier this year in an avalanche. The clip is one of his last on-camera appearances.
“It was really cool,” Noah said of his first and only opportunity to shoot with Auclair. “He was really genuine.”
No dedication was made since the movie was completed prior to his passing.
The movie screening will be held at 7 p.m. at the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco. Tickets are $10 at the door. Noah and Jonah Howell will both be on hand presenting the movie.
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