A few days ago, I beseeched ski film makers to tell us a story; to give us compelling characters and a narrative arc, to offer more than a reprise of the past decade in cliff-jumping and booter-hitting. Looks like filmmakers Sam Giffin and Ryan Fenson-Hood are already there. In their short film “Downhill Affair: A Love Story“, two professional skiers, Molly Baker and Zach Giffin, must balance two love affairs; their love of skiing, and their love of one another.
Skiing brought them together, but their diverging goals might pull them apart. Baker muses that dreams are mutable. Once you reach your dream, turns out it’s changed. Skiing dreams are often as capricious as fresh snow. This film reminds me of a Raymond Carver short story–filled with searing images and tight dialogue, and leaving the viewer a little perplexed.
Watch the movie, which has been nominated for the Banff Film Festival, below. For more information, check out Outdoor Research.