The Art of Flight

With Travis Rice

This movie is not only about watching the best snowboarders in the world doing their thing. It’s about incredible scenery at places nobody else visits. It’s a documentary, of those lucky people who spend their days travelling the world and living what seems to be a constant holiday. But it also shows injuries, failed attempts of finding new spots and waiting for the right weather conditions. The latter shows how they deal with the more mundane aspects of being a professional snowboarder – mostly playing with expensive toys, sharpshooting at methane tanks and going all viking on trees. I guess that beats doodling easily. Basically this movie is about showing the world of professional snowboarding from within. High quality filming with a variety of camera angles and a plot which captivates you and creates an experience unlike all the snowboarding movies before. It’s almost like you’re in the action!

Travis Rice himself sets the tone in the first few minutes with a voiceover both inspiring and sadly true:

“You know it’s funny what’s happening to us. Our lives have become digital. Our friends now virtual, and everything you could ever want to know is only a click away. Experiencing the world through endless second hand information is not enough. If we want authencity we have to initiate it.”

 This movie killed the busdriver

I'm bored. Let's shoot at things!

I’ve had this movie for about a month now and I have watched it about seven or eight times already. And that was before I started looking at it with a reviewing eye. Normally I am not that into snowboarding movies and I would only watch them while having people over as a decent playlist with some party decorations included. If  thats exactly what you’re looking for – this movie is not for you. The Art of Flight has a plot with a lot of narrative between the (although still very good) music. So you will need to sit down and somehow concentrate on it. But I found it very worthy of the time I spent watching it. I didn’t even watch The Dark Knight as often and that movie was simply brilliant!

Adapt – when it feels like you’re on the moon

That’s another quote from the movie. The conditions at the places they go to are so alien that it does look like some distant planet. But imagine how it must feel to walk (and risk your life) up there! For something more accessible I can list some facts: The movie is about two and a half hours long – 80 minutes of the movie itself and 70 more of helmet cam lines, music videos and behind the scenes material. You will see John Jackson, Mark Landvik, Scotty Lago, Nicolas Müller, DCP, Jake Blauvelt, Pat Moore, Mark McMorris and Jeremy

Is this still earth?

Jones ride alongside Travis Rice on slopes in Patagonia, Alaska, Wyoming, Aspen, the Andes and British Columbia. All scenes combined, they were travelling the world for two years and worked another six months on editing the material.

The things I’ve seen…

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But the facts don’t tell you about the cutting of trees in high air by jumping against them, of rivers filled with ice that you have to go through to get home or of walking in an ash covered dystopia when a motherfucking volcano errupts in the same place as you. The beauty within this movie would be enough to scare joy into a dementor’s heart, and I will end my rambling by showing you some of my favourite pictures in this gallery. But really, every second of this is beautiful so just do yourself a favour and watch it! Oh, and of course buy it first.