Variables: Onward And Upward

Onward And Upward

Brad Kremer leaves Kingpin to film for MDP.

The beginning of winter '03/04 saw the snowboard movie biz turned upside down–Kingpin Productions (Destroyer, The Revival, Back In Black) closed its doors on over a decade of snowboard filmmaking after head-filmer Brad Kremer signed on with the competition, Mack Dawg Productions (Pulse, True Life, Shakedown). In his new position, Kremer will be directing MDP's main (and only) flick for the season, while Mike McEntire pulls the strings as director of photography and Sean Kearns directs the company. “I've known Brad since he was working at the Squaw Valley 7Eleven years ago,” says McEntire. “He's a stellar filmer and director and is devoted to capturing the progression of the sport.”

While this shake-up might leave a lot of shreds without a movie to film for, it leaves MDP with a wicked film team. Here's what Brad Kremer had to say about his move and the shape of things to come.–J.S.

Why did you decide to leave Kingpin for MDP?

I've worked with Whitey for quite a long time now–we've had a lot of fun and made some pretty good movies, too. But during the editing of Back In Black, I felt like I'd done all I could with Kingpin. Over the last couple of years, Whitey has become less interested in snowboarding and more in making music videos and commercials.

How did the change-up go down?

After the San Diego premieres in September, I called Dawger and Kearns to see what was happening over at MDP. Well, after a few conversations, they offered me a job directing their next movie. I had a hard decision to make–I knew that if I left, Whitey would close the Kingpin doors to snowboard movies, and that would leave a lot of people scrambling to find something else. But the opportunity to work with the MDP crew was too good–their dedication to snowboarding is something I wanted to be a part of, and the riders shooting with Mack Dawg are the hardest-working and most talented, progressive riders in the industry.

How did Whitey take the news?

He took it rather well–this gave him the opportunity to forget snowboarding and concentrate fully on his Hollywood goals. In the end, I just wanted to make the best snowboard movie I could, and that's with Mack Dawg.