Steamboat Mountain Film Festival: Brought to you by Michael Martin Productions
Matchstick Production's Ruin and Rose
A surreal future leaves the world without water and consumed by sand: the Big Empty. A group of children survives alone on the edge of the endless desert in the ruin of the now. When a young boy unearths an ancient relic hinting at the lost wonders of winter, he sets off in search of the ghosts that once called the mountains their home. This bold cinematic experience balances stunning skiing with a wild and hopeful journey into the forgotten lands of myth and magic beyond the Empty.
Acclaimed writer/director Ben Sturgulewski joins the award-winning team at Matchstick Productions and their two decades of filmmaking expertise to deliver “RUIN AND ROSE,” an epic creative vision brought to life by the talents of the world’s top skiers. Winter landscapes across the planet contrast seamlessly with a thoroughly-crafted story of environmental apocalypse, shot entirely within the otherworldly expanses of Africa’s Skeleton Coast. Unlike anything seen before, the dreamlike setting of this film sparks the imagination of not only action sports enthusiasts, but anyone with a beating heart.
Presented by Under Armour in spectacular 4K resolution, “RUIN AND ROSE” features veterans and newcomers alike, including Mark Abma, Sammy Carlson, Markus Eder, Zack Giffin, Sander Hadley, Russ Henshaw, Eric Hjorleifson, Lukas Joas, Sean Jordan, Bene Mayr, Evan McEachran, Michelle Parker, Ole Pavel, Tanner Rainville, Austin Ross, Fabio Studer, Cody Townsend, Noah Wallace, and others. “RUIN AND ROSE” was filmed on location in Alaska, Austria, British Columbia, Bulgaria, California, France, Switzerland, and the deserts of Namibia.
Film #2-Shades of Winter-Between
A documentary style action sports feature film embracing the moments BETWEEN, filmed in crystal clear 4K!
BETWEEN earth and sky, ocean and mountains, old friends and new, between daily challenges and once-in-a-lifetime thrills – follow the Shades of Winter crew on their journey around the globe. Their adventure takes the women from a volcano in Hawaii to daring descents of Alaska’s mythical giants, from sparkling waves to glittering powder – and always towards adrenaline-fueled highs, lasting memories and true friendship.
After the internationally acclaimed "Shades of Winter" in 2013 and "Pure" in 2014, "BETWEEN" is the third full feature production co-produced by Red Bull Media House and Austrian pro skier and Shades of Winter filmmaker Sandra Lahnsteiner.
The star-studded cast features the best of the best in female freeskiing and surfing: Olympic Gold medal-winning alpine ski racer Julia Mancuso participates for the first time, Olympian freeskier Janina Kuzma, Freeride World Tour champion Nadine Wallner, WSL World Champ surfer Carissa Moore, upcoming freeskier Evelina Nilsson and of course producer and big mountain skier Sandra Lahnsteiner. The film Between will also feature a tribute in memory of the late freeskiing star Matilda Rapaport* to keep her inspiration alive.
edited by Thomas KOHLER
director of photography Mathias BERGMANN
produced and directed by Sandra LAHNSTEINER
co-produced by RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE
trailer edited by Oliver WRANGE
music by ALPINE UNIVERSE - Forces of Nature
partners: BMW || Lifeproof || Fischersports || Peak Performance || Völkl-Marker | GoPro || Spyder || Blue Tomato || Leki and more
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