Montana Filmmakers

Montana Filmmakers

Gallagher, Liam
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Although it’s impossible to know what the months and storms will bring, winter promises one concession that’s certain to appease even the biggest snow junkies: new shred films. We caught up with a few filmmakers who are documenting the rad here in Montana to see how their projects turned out.

Of particular note is the absence of a film from the Gallatin Valley institution Storm Shadow Productions. Eric Morrison, who’s run the production company for the last four years, decided to take a sabbatical last season but said he’s already working on his next movie.

“I'm going to take my time and make the film I've always wanted,” says Morrison. “It may take a season or it may take longer, but that doesn't matter to me. What does matter is making a film that inspires thought and action long after the curtain falls.”

Ian Clark’s INC productions released Primary Colors around the state. It’s a snowboard film, the third Clark’s produced and, he believes, his best yet.

Clark’s films blend beautiful cinematography with progressive snowboarding, much of which is done in Missoula, Helena, and Butte.

Clark and his buddies like to slide rails and jump off buildings, and they are always on the lookout for other man-made features to shred. And although some might dismiss it as detraction from true snowboarding, for Clark it’s simply a creative and much more accessible means to an end, and that’s what he hopes his film communicates.

“I associate the primary colors with our creativity and our form of expression,” says Clark. “By associating these colors with our snowboarding I hope to convey the idea that our actions can be seen as a source of vibrant energy within the urban environments that we snowboard in."

While Clark was in the city, Bozeman local Zac McIntosh was deep in the backcountry building jumps and bagging big mountain lines for Monkey Productions film Go Gonzo.

McIntosh is the brains behind Monkey, and he and a host of filmers and riders worked on their movie for the last two seasons. Although he amassed a good cache of footage during his first season, McIntosh chose not to release his film until this winter. He used his first season’s footage to put together a promotional kit, in hopes of securing enough money to make the film he envisioned.

The resulting support from a dozen local, regional, and national companies allowed McIntosh and his entourage to rove the Rockies last winter. With the banner winter we had McIntosh was able to get a lot of filming done here.

“Sometimes it can be tough with snow conditions being so variable, you’re working with a lot of little windows, but last season was great,” McIntosh says. “I’ve been in Bozeman for six years waiting for that winter.”

That's the kind of passion that keeps the movies coming. Because as Ian Clark puts it, “None of us are really making money from this. We’re just doing it because it’s what we love to do and it’s fun to be able to document what it means to shred in Montana.”
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