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First Strike includes Mount Currie ski drops



Rossland night skiing also part of the thrill

What: First Strike

Where: GLC

When: Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m . & 9 p.m.

The filmmakers of First Strike examine the human versus superstar element of adventure athletes.

"We don’t pretend they’re superstars, they’re human, and they like the sport (just like we do)," says Thomas Chamberland, producer, cameraman and one of the stars of First Strike, from Pimpin’ Frogz Productions.

The new Canadian freeskier film premieres on Oct. 13 at the Garibaldi Lift Company. A family show takes place at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. show featuring DJs Big Jay and Adam Bomb.

"Hopefully the film will open some doors and we’ll be able to do it again," adds Chamberland.

The 45-minute film features P.Y. Leblanc, Hugo Harrison, Chris Turpin, and Chamberland.

Robin Courcelles, Leif Zapf- Gilje, Eric Hjorleifson, Colin Puskas, Ryan Oakden and Alex Paquin are also featured, in addition to Tanner Hall, Ryan Oakden, Candide Thovex, Rex Thomas, Kye Peterson, and Moss Patterson.

One segment features radical footage atop Mount Currie, as Chamberland carves "really fast, big turns at about 3,500 feet vertical, around 100 kilometres per hour."

Additional highlights include a street skiing segment shot in the darkness of Rossland, B.C., Chris Turpin' s zero spin complete run, and P.Y. Leblanc stomping and spining off of 40 footers.

"It’s a fast-paced action packed movie, but the editing style allows for everyone's personal style and personality to really shine," says Chamberland.

The movie was filmed in Whistler, Pemberton, and Revelstoke. It was co-produced by Alex Paquin.

Tourism B.C. provided some funding for the film, in exchange for the right to some footage that wasn’t included in the final product.

"We wanted to create images that keep people on the edge of their seats," says Chamberland.

"It will be a perfect film to watch over and over – not something that’s too long. That way people will be stoked," he adds.

Additional screenings will take place on Oct. 14 at Vancouver’s Sonar, Oct. 17 at Taffy Jack’s in Nelson, and on Nov. 21 in Steamboat, Colorado, at the Lowell Whiteman School Theater.

Tickets are available at Comor and Surefoot in Whistler Village.

For more information contact Alex Paquin at 604-932-6111 or log on to www.pimpinfrogz.com