The Ski Channel’s “Shane & the McConkeys” to premiere at X-Dance Thursday night

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on January 18, 2010 5:35 pm

The Ski Channel’s “Shane & the McConkeys” will make its premiere at X-Dance, the biggest action sports film festival celebrating its 10th year.  It’s a huge year for X-Dance with Warren Miller, Shaun White, surf legend Rob Machado, and extreme skier Scot Schmidt all attending the Salt Lake festivities.

“Shane & the McConkeys” screens Thursday night (Jan. 21) at 6:55pm and is immediately followed by Bill Kerig’s incredible film, The Edge of Never.

The Ski Channel’s Zeke Piestrup shot, edited, directed, and produced the 16-minute short film.  Piestrup was with McConkey last March for four days in Olympic Valley.  A week later, McConkey died in Italy while shooting for Matchstick Productions.

“I feel incredibly lucky and fortunate to have been with Shane McConkey last March,” says Piestrup.  “The film is a snapshot in time of a family man pursuing his passions.  Shane McConkey is a straight-up legend and hero.  With the film, I definitely  wanted to do right by Shane, and I think I did.  I’m very proud of the film.”

Tickets for the screening can be purchased online here.  For a complete schedule of films, click here to check the X-Dance website.




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