The 12th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival is ready for action in New York City starting April 17 and extending through April 28. The Festival, presented by American Express, has officially announced the selection of Red Bull Media House and Matchstick Productions film “McConkey” as one of 33 films featured in the Spotlight section. The film explores the life of a professional athlete, who broke new ground for future action sports stars through his pioneering efforts in freestyle skiing and ski BASE jumping that have inspired everyone, including Tony Hawk and Travis Pastrana.
“McConkey” is an inspirational film that digs into the struggles of achieving acceptance and what drives someone to take risks in hopes of progression to achieve their goals. The film delves into the decisions we make in life and what the term family really means to us – whether we work desk jobs or shred powder down giant mountains. “McConkey” evaluates Shane McConkey’s choices he made through his life as a professional athlete through the eyes of his peers, competitors, family, and friends in hopes of offering some understanding for his decisions that ultimately led to the athletes death.
The documentary films in the Spotlight section this year highlight several famous individuals who use their wit and bold personas to make us think and laugh, commented Genna Terranova, Director of Programming. A mix of established filmmakers and rising talent top off the rest of the section with features exploring some fresh takes on unconventional relationships.
Shane McConkey’s journey from a downhill racer to a ski BASE jumper played out in the film truly gives new meaning to the question how far would you go to be the next big thing?
Tickets for single screenings begin April 9 for AMEX cardmembers through the Tribeca website http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets/Box_Office_Information.html.
Ride along with the late great Shane McConkey, as he guides The Ski Channel up the infamous KT-22 Chair. Learn about the unique scene at Squaw Valley USA, and discover why the resort holds such a special place in the hearts of skiers and snowboarders everywhere. This video was taken prior to losing Shane in March of 2009. Enjoy this blast from the past, and continue to celebrate McConkey’s memory!