Canmore filmmaker hosts premier By: Lynn Martel
| Posted: Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 06:00 am
It’s been a mostly well-kept secret for months, but this Friday (Nov. 28), Canmore filmmaker Tracy Jacobson will share the premier of her latest project, Road to Slipstream, with a screening at Solara Resort’s Aurora Theatre.The 22-minute film, which stars four Rockies climbers – Jim Elzinga, Brandon Pullan, Margo Talbot and Steve Swenson – marries the wisdom of an older, experienced climber with the unwitting ignorance of three exuberant young climbers intent on bagging a Rockies plum, the challenging classic ice climb Slipstream, located on the east face of Mount Snow Dome at the Columbia Icefield.
Shot over the course of a week last March, the film portrays how youth and ego approach the mountains, and how younger adventurers often view showing respect for the power of mountain wilderness as an afterthought despite advice to respect their elders. The film, Jacobson said, aims to highlight how many of today’s younger generation lack awareness and respect for the accomplishments of earlier pioneers, and how a heightened sense of accomplishment mixed with the power of succeeding in the mountains leads to a beautiful ignorance many adventurers exhibit.
“The film asks its main characters to slow down and wonder ‘who has stepped before you?’” Jacobson said. “They cross over to the point of no return. They’re challenged to take their blinders off and look at why they do what they do, and not just so they can go home and say they did it.”
Shot raw by director of photography Michael Klekamp and his assistant, Francois Pelletier in effort to capture high quality colour and detail, the finished film, unlike a regular DVD, has the rich visual essence of actual film.
While the original working title was Weathered Hands, as the project unfolded it became apparent Road to Slipstream was a much more fitting title, Jacobson said. Carefully crafting the film from an initial cut of 40 minutes followed a similarly organic process, she added.
“Following the work flow of the storyline, it’s like creating a sculpture,” Jacobson explained. “You start with a large mass of footage and then begin peeling away the layers until you have what feels like a bloody butchering mess on the cutting room floor. (Through) letting go of what you removed, you realize you are left with the core intention of every scene.”
Following the screening of the film, the premier will include a discussion with the cast, hosted by lead character Mike, played by Gripped magazine editor and host of the Banff Centre Radio show, Basecamp. The evening will wrap up with cast members taking questions from the audience and door prizes.
The film, Jacobson said, should inspire anyone who understands the process of embracing big challenges in life.
“Taking on any challenge in life to achieve a goal, young or old, we are sometimes faced with the ego wanting to control and lead the way,” she said. “Anyone who is inspired by the Canadian Rockies landscape, ice climber or not, and has faced their own inner demons will hopefully appreciate the journey our three young climbers go through with their decision to either go home empty handed and alive or challenge their fears and attempt their goal.”