Film fest psychs up skiiers
With finals just around the corner and winter break on the horizon, what better way to relieve some stress and get psyched up for the snow than by going telemarking. The Telemark Film Festival here at Bowdoin last night did just that as a number of Bowdoin students and community members came out to watch some amazing skiing.
The festival, sponsored by New England Telemark, the Outing Club, and several ski manufacturers and local ski vendors, featured a showcase of films including Elevated by Meathead Films and the premiere of CORE: Total Telemark III.
CORE III is the most recent installment of a series of documentary skiing videos. Filmmakers from Tough Guy Productions followed some of the sport's best U.S. skiers around the world to places like the Tetons, Monashees, and Chugach Mountains. The team recorded their sweet double stomping backflips, 720s, backcountry escapades, and other free riding adventures. Filmmakers also watched them prepare for the U.S. Telemarking Nationals in February 2004.
Associate Editor of Bowdoin magazine Matt O'Donnell, the founder of the BOC's telemark program, was very excited to be able to bring this festival to Bowdoin.
"We're lucky and thrilled that New England Telemark wanted to bring this festival to campus. Teleskiing has really made a name for itself in the skiing community," he said.
Bowdoin Backcountry Club member Callie Gates '05 agreed. "More people are getting into telemarking and I am glad we are able to bring more publicity to the sport on campus."
Telemarking has grown tremendously over the past few years at Bowdoin. O'Donnell started a telemark class for students to learn the art of skiing with a free heel. It has filled to its maximum capacity of 28 students each year for the past three years.
"Matt has worked hard at making teleskiing a winter niche here at Bowdoin and the Outing Club has been really helping out," said Gates.
Students also appear very receptive to the alternative skiing option the Outing Club has provided.
"Teleskiing is like whoa," said Jeremy Katzen '04.
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