Photos: Nick Hamilton
Two years in the making, seven of the world’s best female snowboarders, legends that brought the sport to the mainstream, five unique locations and all the pillow and pow smashing you could imagine-- the world premiere of Full Moon lived up to the hype and then some.
The highly-anticipated film kicked off its world tour with two sold-out showings at the Maury Young Arts Centre in Whistler, B.C. on Friday night in front of enthusiastic crowds mixed of Whistler locals, industry folk and fans of all ages. The 7 p.m. showing catered to a younger audience, while the 9 p.m. slot allowed boozy beverages and kicked off with Robin Van Gyn shotgunning a brew.
The film, propelled by Leanne Pelosi, produced by Runway Films, backed by sponsors and a successful Kickstarter campaign, sought to illuminate the past, present and future of women’s snowboarding and carries that narrative throughout in a way that’s alluring, yet action-oriented, and manages to show the heart of snowboarding.
“It was such a good feeling to present Full Moon in our hometown and feel the energy and stoke from the community,” said Leanne of the world premiere. “Our goal was to showcase that we’re all connected at an arms reach and it surely felt like last night. We were able to connect here in Whistler with a full house and a standing ovation– I couldn’t have dreamed a better outcome. I’m honored to have been able to stand up alongside these girls, as well as the ones we looked up to when we were young. Such a great evening, we’d like to thank all of our friends, family, sponsors, and extended shred family! That was one for the books!” She continued.
Staying true to its roots, the location-based segments include heavy-hitting backcountry riding from veterans; Annie Boulanger, Leanne Pelosi, Hana Beaman, Robin Van Gyn, Marie-France Roy and elevates Jamie Anderson and Elena Hight into the mix. Each rider brings their unique riding style and personality to the screen and shows the multi-facets of the sport.
The segments are complemented by interviews with legends including Barrett Christy, Circe Wallace, Tara Dakides, and Tina Basich and incorporates footage from the past for an insightful glimmer into the history of women’s snowboarding. Though some interviews in snowboard movies tend to be drawn out and overdone, the legends help weave the story of the past into the present and add momentum to this movie.
Standout parts include fluffy pillow pillaging in Bella Coola, B.C. where Party Pelosi’s pillow popping prowess really shines, and a sneaky, naked SFD line had the crowd going wild.
The Alaska segment, in which the crew posted up in Haines for a few weeks this past spring, includes some of the most consequential lines and Hana, Robin and Leanne push the envelope and go for it.
As Jamie Anderson’s first foray into riding the steeps of AK, she remarked this type of riding differs extensively from the slopestyle scene she’s used to and equated it to learning a new sport all over.
Despite the initial learning curve and butterflies she must have felt atop the massive Alaskan peaks, Jamie adapts to the terrain and charges with undeniable confidence and style. Elena Hight, who’s been aiming to spend more time in the backcountry than in the U-Tube, also leaves in her mark in AK as she navigates spines with superior edge control and apparent dominance.
The film showcases some of the best women’s snowboarding from the last two seasons, and also illuminates the core of riding that’s birthed from our innate desire to have fun and push the limits.
It’s been far too long since there’s been a women’s movie of this nature. But through Pelosi’s vision and determination, she’s created a film that highlights the important past of women’s snowboarding, and in doing so, illuminates the future for generations to come.
Full Moon with release in its entirely on the homepage of TWSNOW on November 12th, mark your calendars!
Thanks to all the ladies of Full Moon for a wild night, thanks to the Aava Hotel in Whistler for a sweet place to post up for the premiere, and a half-hearted thanks to Robin V. Gyn and all those free drinks and this all-too worth it hangover. Viva la premiere season!