Steamboat Film Festival wraps up with local action sports submissions |

Steamboat Film Festival wraps up with local action sports submissions

Nicole Inglis

Local skier Jesse Pugh catches air last season while filming with his friends, who submitted a ski movie to the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival.

— This year, winter might need another little nudge.

So the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival, in its third event of the season, offers a chance to get the snow sports community stoked — again.

"I'm excited about kind of kicking off the ski season again," festival founder Michael Martin said about Saturday night's evening of films. "It's like a redo. Here's to tomorrow being a blizzard and seeing some good films."

The multifaceted event includes a screening of a 30-minute version of Teton Gravity Research's "Further," an avalanche safety talk from a Steamboat Ski Patrol member, a series of locally submitted action sports shorts and a screening of D.C. Films "Must Be Nice."

Voting for the five local films (voting is only on the teaser of the movie) goes through midnight Friday, and winners in categories will be announced at the event, which is at 6 p.m. at the Colorado Mountain College auditorium. Tickets are a $10 donation, which will benefit the CMC Backcountry Club and the Community Holiday Wishes Party.

Tucker Olson, 18, is competing in his second Steamboat Mountain Film Festival. At Saturday's event, he'll be showing a 25-minute version of "Prime Time," an action sports film he created alongside friend Peter White and a few other classmates from Steamboat Springs High School.

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When the low-snow ski season ended early, he and his friends got after it by skateboarding, trampoline training and kayaking — all skills that make an appearance in the full-length version of the film he plans to upload to the Phase Media Facebook page after the event Saturday.

"We feel that it turned out super rad," Olson said about the film. "It's definitely a lot better than last year's because it had a bit more experience. We're trying to show everybody that the kids are cool. They know we ski, but we're trying to show it in a new way."

He said the approach last year with an unimpressive snow pack was to hit urban rails around Steamboat Springs — a mischievous and rewarding endeavor.

"All of the park stuff we do and the urban stuff we film is all really fun," he said. "We all get to get creative and experiment with different stuff. But when it's like powder — if there was powder last year — we don't like to film at all. Skiing is way funner."

He said he's looking forward to being part of the event again this year.

"It's cool to see everyone else's take on how they film and how they ski," he said. "It's just to see different people's points of view."

Martin said that despite the low snow last year, several local film makers got some drool-worthy powder shots from the momentous Presidents Day storm.

"I think, for me, I'm really excited that a lot of the local filmmakers — even with a rough season — got some good films together," Martin said. "It will bring some much needed enthusiasm."

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