The Story film celeb to appear at the Charlotte Ski and Snowboard premiere

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on November 9, 2010 10:08 am





The Charlotte Ski & Snowboard Club brings The Ski Channel Film Tour to the U.S. National Whitewater Center for an evening of skiing and mountain sport cinema November 13, 2010



The Charlotte Ski & Snowboard Club Premiere of The Ski Channel Film Tour’s THE STORY comes to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte on Nov. 13. “The Story” features mountain sports’ biggest stars including the marquee athletes of alpine skiing, Bode Miller, Lindsey Vonn, and XGames phenom Bobby Brown.  It also showcases Spartanburg, SC native Russell Austin. Austin is featured river surfing the Snake River in Western Wyoming.  THE STORY is the poignant narratives and mesmerizing alpine backdrops that tell the tale of those who devote their lives to the mountain. The feature HD film, THE STORY, anchors the slate of films presented by The Ski Channel on the first annual Ski Channel Film Tour.


“What’s a southern boy living in a ski town doing river surfing in a ski movie?” said Austin. “It’s all about living a dream.”  After conquering the some of the wildest rapids of North and South Carolina, Austin chased his dream out west to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he operates as a “professional ski bum” in the winter and spends the summer months river surfing.


Austin will be on-hand on Nov. 13 from 3pm to 4pm to river surf the rapids at the US National Whitewater Center and will also attend the Charlotte Ski & Snowboard Club Premiere of THE STORY.


Doors open for The Ski Channel Film Tour Premiere of THE STORY at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets for the premiere are $10 in advance through and $15 at the door. Tickets include a $5 discount on a USNWC All-Sport Pass and one free raffle ticket.  Over $500 worth of merchandise and gift certificates will be raffled. 


 “The Story” was shot on location in Mt. Everest, Nepal, the Antarctic Peninsula, Portillo, Chile and Las Leñas, Argentina.  The film takes viewers on an incredible journey down sky-scraper steep first descents in Haines, Alaska and to iconic ski resorts like Mammoth Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb, Jackson Hole, Snowbird, Grand Targhee, Deer Valley and Vail.  Through poignant stories and epic skiing, snowboarding, river surfing and unimaginable variations of human flight, the film explores the intangible feeling that drives those who devote their lives to the mountains.


 “The film is a celebration and character study of some of the most interesting, successful, daring and charismatic people on the planet,” said Steve Bellamy who also wrote, produced and directed the film.  “It is a piece of work that will hopefully be unifying to our industry as it speaks to all of those appreciative of ski films and mountain sport cinema.  It is inspirational.  It is an incredible, death-defying journey of human accomplishment that rivals anything we will see in our lifetimes.”


Such shots include Jamie Pierre hucking 255 feet off the back of Fred’s Mountain in Grand Targhee, Willie Bogner’s work in the Bond films, Bode Miller taking on a giant Hammerhead shark, Mike Tierney sending a 120 foot cliff into water and Spartansburg, S.C. native Russell Austin river surfing on the Snake River.


The teaser for THE STORY can be viewed at


In addition to THE STORY, this evening of mountain sports cinema includes a showing of Matchstick Productions’ “The Way I See It” and a short film titled “Shane and the McConkeys”.


“The Way I See It”

A modern take on the extreme sports genre featuring state of the art high definition cinematography and joins the grand tradition of Matchstick Productions’ (MSP) long line of award-winning films, including unprecedented six-time “movie of the year” honors.  With the winter of 2010 providing record snowfalls and a roster featuring the best skiers in the world, this film leaves audiences inspired and excited for the coming season.


“The Way I See It” was shot on location in Alaska, Japan, British Columbia, Colorado, Switzerland, and many other locations worldwide in high-definition and features the most dominant cast of athletes ever compiled, including Mark Abma, Sean Pettit, Eric Hjorleifson, Henrik Windstedt, Bobby Brown, Colby West, James Heim, Richard Permin, Cody Townsend, Rory Bushfield, Ingrid Backstrom, Gus Kenworthy, Jacob Wester, Russ Henshaw, and others.


“Shane and the McConkeys”

A documentary on the late Shane McConkey was in production in the spring of 2009. On March 26, 2009, four days into the shoot, the legendary ski pioneer was tragically killed during a wingsuit ski BASE jump in the Italian Dolomites.  Like everything else in Shane’s life, the in-depth accounts over those four days were powerful and inspiring. Many of the sport’s core-enthusiasts followed Shane on his endeavor to take skiing where it had not gone before. Using his parachute to ski lines seemingly incapable to man, “close-out lines”, Shane pushed the sport and allowed us to witness the incredible . . . the inexplicable.  While we are left with the indelible mark he left on our sport and vivid imagery that accompanies it, few were privy to the gentler side of Shane McConkey. Through interviews with Shane, his wife and daughter, as well as snowboard legend Jeremy Jones and his daughter, the short film “Shane and the McConkey’s” provides a unique portrayal of a doting father, husband and friend that is as much (and to many, more) Shane’s legacy as rockered fat skis and wingsuits. 



The Charlotte stop on the Ski Channel Film Tour is brought to you by Subaru and the Charlotte Ski & Snowboard Club.


“The Story” is part of The Ski Channel Film Tour that is traveling across the country, spreading the message of mountain sport infatuation through ski cinema. More information on The Ski Channel Film Tour is available at


Press images can be downloaded from


The Charlotte Ski & Snowboard Club is a non-profit club of approximately 300 members based in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.  The club offers discounted trips to local mountains and major resorts throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally the club provides members with recreational and social events and participates in community service.


The Ski Channel is an original, free ad supported network delivered on cable, satellite and IPTV services, web, wireless and other means of distribution. It is the only television network devoted to the wide variety of year round mountain activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, backpacking, climbing, etc, along with many off-slope activities. The Ski Channels’ content inspires and informs audiences with magazine shows, movies, events, news, weather and programs that focus on destination travel, equipment, instruction and real estate.