Ski filmmaker Greg Stump presents a unique look at the ski world with his latest film “Legend of Aahhh’s” next week at the Belly Up.
The feature takes a semi-autobiographical approach to explore the history of the ski film genre and the way in which these films have influenced big mountain skiing and pop culture.
From the birth of the extreme sports movement following Stump’s 1988 release “Blizzard of Aahhh’s” to Glen Plake and Scot Schmidt’s introduction of the concept “extreme” to mainstream America on NBC’s Today Show, Stump provides insight to it all in his latest film.
The film features interviews with Warren Miller, Dick Barrymore, Otto Lang, John Jay, Klaus Obermeyer and skiing by, and interviews with, Schmidt, Plake, Mike Hattrup, Lynne Wieland and many more.
Identifying the impact music has had in ski films, “Legend of Aahhh’s” also touts a soundtrack featuring Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Fort Knox Five, Bran Van 3000, and others.
The film is directed, written, produced and narrated by Stump. Androo Mitchell also produced the film, while Robert E. Nunn executive produced.
Named by Skiing Magazine as one of the top 25 most influential people in skiing, the past 15 years has seen Stump turn his directing skills towards commercials (Disney’s 2001 Tony Hawk Super Bowl ad), and music videos for people such as Willie Nelson and The Beach Boys.
Stump will be attending the Aspen screening on Oct. 30 at the Belly Up Aspen.
Mike Marolt and Montezuma Basin Productions will present the Aspen theatrical premier screening of Gigantic Pictures’ film “Deep Winter,” on Friday, Nov. 9 as a benefit to help cover Wiley Maple’s $22,000 U.S. Ski Team travel and training costs for the 2013 ski racing season. Wiley is the first Aspenite in many years to participate on the World Cup downhill circuit.
There will be a 6:30 p.m. silent auction and reception with beer and wine available for a $3 donation. Silent auction items will feature original art by Wiley, authentic U.S. Ski Team apparel, Oakley and Strafe products, as well many other products and gift certificates donated by local businesses.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House. Tickets can be purchased at www.aspenshowtix.com .
Contributions are being accepted via mail at: Wiley Maple, 1250 Mountain View Drive, Aspen, CO, 81611.
Local Nordic skiers Simi Hamilton, Noah Hoffman and Michael Ward will be honored Nov. 3 at the Limelight Lodge from 5-7 p.m.
This year is the first time that Aspen has ever had three Nordic athletes on the U.S. Ski Team at the same time.
Hamilton is on the “A” squad of the cross-country team; Hoffman is on the “B” cross-country team, and Ward has been recently named to the Nordic combined “B” team.
These young men want to thank the Aspen community and friends for the support over the years, and hope to give the audience some insight into racing on the World Cup. There will be free pizza and beer and a silent auction for USST gear and other donated items.