Birth date: 6/17/91
Colton Von Feldman is part of the new guard of East Coast initiates for whom cold corduroy and cold beers were ingrained in their upbringing as much as the standard New England snowboarding heritage of shred films and shit talking. His path to becoming a well-respected filmmaker was never lined with networking and LinkedIn recommendations; it was crafted out of the things he liked to spend time doing and the people he liked to spend time doing them with. Ultimately, that led to a heralded residence behind the lens as one of the founders of Keep the Change, an inimitable band of (at the time) up and coming ams whose penchant for prolific street boarding and unflagging park chops caught the attention of the snowboarding community like a swift punch to the gut. At the time, Colton was living in New Hampshire, riding Waterville Valley and filming PSU cohorts like Mike Ravelson, Dylan Dragotta and Johnny O'Connor. His first full length, the homie movie, Dump Em, was a standout, loaded with really good snowboarding and an understated aesthetic. Shortly thereafter, Keep the Change was born, a collaborative effort between friends that eventually became linked with highly esteemed film crew, Videograss. In a volatile and shifting landscape of media, video, Instagram, etc., Colton is an individual who has remained true to the idea that proper snowboarding speaks for itself, unflagging in his commitment to the friends he rose through the ranks with and continuously putting out good videos, whether loaded park edits or full parts. As he continues to put his stamp on the snowboarding film canon, we will be sure to keep watching.
– Mary Walsh
Where are you from and where do you currently call home?
I grew up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and currently live in Portland, Oregon.
Working magic on em. PHOTO: Danny Kern
How did you start snowboarding?
I learned how to snowboard at Waterville Valley with my older brother.
At what point did you realize that you wanted to work in the snowboard industry?
I really just had fun filming with my friends. I never felt the need to be working in the industry, that just naturally happened.
And how did you make that happen?
My brother and I filmed each other growing up. We would film everything. We were very inspired by the Grenade films and CKY. I made a movie called Dump Em that I guess was the first “full” video to get recognized. I uploaded a lot of videos to a website called Reelcomp—it’s not around anymore, but it was crazy. I remember Roobs [Matt Roberge] was on there and would make cool videos. After Dump Em, I lived in Plymouth, NH. There was a big scene there with guys like Dylan Dragotta, Skylar Brent, Mike Rav, JOC, CSM and others. We all started Keep the Chang together, along with Rob Balding who lived in SLC at the time with Johnny Brady, and Mark Wilson who was living in Minnesota. Skylar made the Loonatics series based at Loon Mountain, while Rob and I went on the majority of the trips for the first KTC video. I Facebook messaged our full video to Joe Carlino. At the time he was working for Videograss. He was hyped and put us in contact with Justin Meyer. VG connected KTC with everyone and it blew up.
All smiles during a day in the office. PHOTO: Danny Kern
Who did you look up to in the industry for inspiration?
What do you feel has been your biggest impact in your line of work?
Last year I got the opportunity to work with Jake Durham on the Adidas project 3 AM. We put so much time into that one and I’m happy with how that turned out.
What do you want to accomplish that you haven't yet?
Anyone you'd like to thank?
I wouldn’t have been to the places I’ve gone without my brother, my mom, Mark Wilson, Tommy Gesme, Derrek Lever, Justin Meyer, Dylan Dragotta, Mike Rav, Johnny O'Connor, Nick Doucette, Cole St. Martin, Taco, Parker Szumowski, Dave Steigerwald, Big Mike, Skylar Brent, Rob, Ben Bilodeau, Kyle Martin, Mocha Boys, Riley Nickerson, Johnny Brady, Raleigh Butler, Keeks, Tanktop, Craig Cameron, Zander Blackmon, Roobs. Idk, a bunch of others. A lot of people have helped and I am thankful for where I am today.