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What: Now/Here film screening

When: Friday, Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

Where: MY Millennium Place

Cost: $11 at the Circle, Evolution and Showcase

It's hard to pack your swimsuit away for the season, but do you know what makes the transition into fall just a little bit easier? When a new snowboard film drops.

Yep, it's that time of year again! The homegrown Dendrite Films released their debut ski film, Out of the Shadows, during Crankworx, and now, Absinthe Films is rolling into town and keeping the momentum going with a screening of Now/Here later this week.

Justin Hostynek, director for Absinthe Films, was raised in the mountains of Switzerland, where he started skiing as soon as he could walk.

"I grew up skiing there; we had a ski lift right out our back door, so I've been skiing since I was two," he said.

So, it's not overly shocking that when snowboarding emerged on the scene, he was intrigued.

"I just fell in love with it and knew that I wanted to be somehow involved with this sport, long term."

Soon, he started shooting photos and came out with a calendar, then spent about 15 years working for Snowboarder magazine before going on to work as a team manager for a clothing company called Twist. Eventually he started working on a team video for Twist, and soon, he was hooked on filmmaking. For the past 17 years or so, he's been making some of the industry's most highly anticipated snowboard films (Transcendence and Neverland, just to name a few). He recently became a Canadian citizen and has set down roots in Nelson, though he spends plenty of time on the road during the winter season shooting for the next season's big flicks.

So, after almost two decades of making snowboard flicks, how does he keep things fresh, not only for viewers, but for himself?

"Well, I think the key is to keep it fun and make a point of spending time with good riders, of course, but good riders that are intent on making their existence fun and not just racking up dollars and buying houses and stuff," he said. "I've been really lucky to find a crew who is not really all about money, and we have fun when we're out there, and I think the fun translates to the film. There's not like a list of tricks that they have to get; it's just like, 'okay, let's go out and snowboard and I'll film you guys, and then we turn that into a film!'"

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