After that big weekend of 5 Point Festival films, I couldn’t help thinking about where all those award winning film makers come from. They rise from hard work, long hours in front of editing screens, and artistic vision that drives them to keep refining and improving their work to the degree that caused more than one artist at 5 Point to state “…we finished this 5 minutes ago, enjoy…”
Our friend David Rasmussen is a skilled craftsman who’s turned some of his creative energy to the film side. He’s just having fun with it and hasn’t had his work in any festivals yet. But due to how the web makes just about everything accessible I thought it fun to share a few things Dave has been working on. Sort of a “roots of video art” type of vibe.
Dave’s vid “Terminal Couloir” covers the Terminal Cancer route in Nevada that made it into the new “50 Classics of North America” book. When Dave was working on the piece he asked me for some feedback, and I told him that once a few of your loved ones die of cancer, you’re perhaps not a big fan of calling a beautiful ski route by the name of something so evil. More, while “Terminal Couloir” is a nice line, it’s not exactly on the level of, say, the Rupal Face on Nanga Parbat, so the hyperbolic name ends up having a sort of prurient ring to it, as in “I skied this, now I’m going to name it something radical so it looks good when I post on TGR.” So here is my vote to just call it the “Terminal Couloir.” If that catches on, great. If not, we’ll LIVE with it. At any rate, check out a few of Dave’s films. Fun.
Ok, now that you guys have watched those, any feedback?
(Guest video blogger David Rasmussen’s artisan furniture business was recently covered in the Wall Street Journal. That’s not as important as WildSnow, but better than nothing.)
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.