Director and Ski Channel CEO Steve Bellamy has just been named as this year’s Far West Ski Association (FWSA) Warren Miller Modern Media Award recipient for The Ski Channel’s most recent film, Winter!
This honor is awarded for outstanding service to skiing through film, T.V., and electronic media. Professional skier and one of the stars of the film, Julian Carr, will accept the award on Bellamy’s behalf at an awards banquet during the 80th Annual Convention and 1st Annual FWSA Film Festival at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center June 8-10, 2012.
The committee was impressed by the film’s skillful filming and editing as well as the stories, specifically citing co-star Sara Burke’s narrative. They also enjoyed the film’s presentation tales from the 10th Mountain Division. Bill Christensen, a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division, will be participating in the celebration. Below is an excerpt from the film.
The convention and film festival will host many not-to-be-missed events including a Historic 25th Street Pub Crawl, a gold tournament, river rafting, two new modules of their Snowspors Leadership academy, a spectacular Public Affairs panel, and an exciting silent auction.
FWSA’s first film festival will feature the following three films on June 10, 2012 starting at 1pm:
- “Can Do: The Legacy of Jimmie Heuga,” a story of how Jimmie changed the lives of those living with MS.
- “Ready to Fly,” a story about Women’s Ski Jumping USA featuring Lindsey Van and Deedee Corradini.
- “The Movement,” a story about disabled athletes features Rick Finkelstein, produced by Kurt Miller, narrated by Warren Miller and Robert Redford.
Tickets are $12, and all proceeds will be donated to Can Do MS, Women’s Ski Jumping USA, and Make a Hero Foundation. They hope to give $6,000 divided between the organizations.
In celebration of Women’s Ski Jumping being added to the 2014 lineup, the Convention will also host keynote speaker and President of Women’s Ski Jumping USA, Deedee Corradini. Sarah Hendrickson will attend as well. The 17-year-old from Park City, Utah had an outstanding season this year, landing her with the FIS World Cup Crystal Globe with a significant lead. Fellow jumper Lindsey Van will join her teammate at the event.
The FWSA is a fantastic non-profit organization representing 180 ski clubs from around the country and is completely run by volunteers. Their mission is to start and improve programs related to public affairs, skier safety, ski heritage, athletics, racing, communications, travel, council development, the ski industry, and community outreach. Their work is appreciated by skiers everywhere.