Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Sweetgrass Productions presents SOLITAIRE
Ben– Hey folks, arising from the belly of the beast, we’re back again. Bolivia– down. Peru–down. Las Lenas and Nevado de Chillan? Game over. All that’s left now is a brief stint for Mike Brown in Portillo, and the beast is in the bag. As for our whereabouts for the next month, we expect to be deep within the Batcave with nary a glimpse of summer sunlight and little to no social interaction, editing a two-year project in two weeks. These balls are destined for the walls, things have been kicked into gear for Solitaire’s September release, and it feels like Christmas is finally coming after Santa skipped it for a year.
So in the spirit of shred-trailer holiday season, and without further ado, we present the trailer for our two-year epic South American snow-opera “Solitaire.” Enjoy, and if at all possible find yourself in Denver at 7pm September 15th at The Gothic Theater for a ski film experience unlike any you’ve ever known. And/or buy the DVD immediately thereafter. Lots of them, we’re poor.
Shot on location in the Cordillera Blancas, Peru; Altiplano, Bolivia; Las Lenas, Argentina; Caviahue, Argentina; Bariloche, Argentina; Nevados de Chillan, Chile; and Portillo, Chile:
A massive thanks goes out to our sponsors for seeing through such an off-the-wall project by a bunch of near-college dropouts. Patagonia and Dynafit, you are dear to our hearts. Clif Bar, you easily constitute 30% of my body weight. And then, of course, we celebrate Osprey Packs, Venture Snowboards, Blizzard Skis, Flylow, Backcountry.com, Gentemstick, Backcountry Magazine, and BCA. You making our rocking world go round.
Our athlete roster for the film includes:
Leo Ahrens, JP Auclair, Ryland Bell, Will Cardamone, Johnny Collinson, Forrest Coots, Stephan Drake, Jacqui Edgerly, Chris Erickson, Sebastian Haag, Kip Garre, Atsushi Gomyo, Kim Havell, Eliel Hindert, Erica Laidlaw, Jaime Laidlaw, Kyle Miller, Osamu “Ommu” Okada, Carston Oliver, Alex Paul, Thayne Rich, Dave Rosenbarger, Elyse Saugstad, Aidan Sheahan, Forrest Shearer, Ptor Spricenieks, Thomas Steiner, Drew Stoecklein, Taro Tamai, Jack Tolan… and honoring Arne Backstrom and Kip Garre. A million thanks for putting your time and sweat into an unconventional project that at times seemed to have no end.
Finally, a personal thanks to the trailer’s narrator Tata Cabral and the crew at Hostel Punto Sur in Bariloche, for helping us scrape together the narration at the last minute and tying this trailer up. And to the mighty Joseph Conrad, from whose mighty “Heart of Darkness” the narration was adapted.
See you in September, boys and girls.