2 thumbs up for Downhill: The Bill Johnson Story

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 2, 2011 8:49 pm

The following is part of a review by the hollywood reporter.com.  For the full article, please go to this link.  Downhill: The Bill Johnson Story was a creation from our very own Zeke Piestrup and it is a great movie.  Find it, watch it, enjoy it and celebrate it!  Life is short, play hard.  Get cha popcorn ready and bring some tissues…

Defying odds and ultimately tempting fate, 1984 Winter Olympics sensation Bill Johnson and his dramatic rise-and-fall trajectory makes for compelling viewing in Downhill: The Bill Johnson Story.

As documented by first-time filmmaker Zeke Piestrup, Johnson’s journey from would-be juvenile delinquent to becoming the first American male to win an Olympic gold medal in alpine skiing, is just the beginning of the story — one that’s brimming with enough human drama and colorful background detail to fill a feature-length biopic.

Although produced for airing on The Ski Channel, complete with commercial break cues, the 76-minute films plays terrifically in front of a live audience, as demonstrated at its sold-out Santa Barbara International Film Festival premiere.