10 Questions: Leanne Pelosi

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Leanne Pelosi is charging. While helping lead and direct the new wave of dominating female rider’s she’s also having the time of her life shredding the best terrain in the world. As of late she has started up Runway films, an all women’s film company about the shred. Here is a look into the film she’s working on, her winter, and other Leanne related topics.

1. Lets start off with what most are dying to find out about … the Runway Films project, tell us about what your doing, your direction, and how it started?

Runway Films started in late November, just after we found out that Misschief films wasn’t going to make another movie. I didn’t want to let that outlet disappear into dust so fast when we were on such a good program with filming. And I thought with the last two years of experience that we have gained, we could make a solid movie. That’s when I approached Jeff Keenan to see if he’d be into directing it and Aaron Leyland to edit, and also Jeremy Miller as a filmer. They all have previous movie-making experience, so it wasn’t hard to pick them to work for Runway. Studio 411 has also been key in helping us make the project run smoothly. Their crew is amazing and helps us out in production, marketing, etc.

2. So when you were creating and toying with the idea of filming a movie, how did you choose the riders your working with, the filmers, and so on?

We wanted to work with girls who were willing to commit to the movie and trips etc. We needed two hubs, one in whistler and one in Salt Lake City, so we chose Jeremy for Salt Lake and Aaron and Jeff for Whistler. They spend their winters following the girls around.

3. And do you foresee a multi year production, with multiple movies, or are you taking it year to year?

After the first year, you learn so much that you can take on to make the next project better. Ideally we would love to do a multi-year production, but who knows what’s in the future.

4. How much more responsibility have you taken on with this project, not including your career as a snowboarder?

It’s a little weird organizing the girls’ seasons when I have enough trouble trying to figure out what I’m doing. The hardest thing to coordinate is all the office work that needs to be done, because we’re always out on the mountain when those business calls come. But you know, everyone understands. Now it’s just snowboarding by day, work at night.

5. How is your year going so far?

My year has been all about powder then contest, powder then contest. We had a huge amount of snow in whistler in November, and its been dumping ever since so we’ve been getting to freeride a lot. I went to Golden B.C for two and a half weeks with Tara (Dakides), did the X Games, Session, Vans Cup, US Open, a heli trip right now with Dakine, then some more filming and more events. I’m pretty lucky.

6. At the beginning was it a goal of yours to make it to the top of the snowboard world, or did it just unfold naturally?

Well before I started snowboarding I bought magazines and admired the riding of Tara, Barrett and Shannon Dunn. I always wanted to be in their shoes, but I didn’t expect it, especially because I was on such a crazy soccer program and in university. After moving to Whistler getting a bunch of black eyes, a blown knee and putting a mini sponsor-me video up on snowboard.com, I got a contract in the mail from K2. I would say that it unfolded like a chicken with its head cut off running for the skies.

7. When you pick up a magazine, and theirs an ad of you, what does that feel like, what goes threw your mind?

Well first it feels like, ‘Phew I’m glad I didn’t have a booger hanging’.

8. So lets hear a bit about the snowboard camp your part of up north?

MGT Snowboard Camp is a girl’s camp that my friend Joanna Majcherkiewicz and I startted five years ago. We do two-day camps throughout the winters in Western Canada and a full summer camp on the Blackcomb Glacier in the summers. We also put on an amateur slopestyle/rail jam in Vancouver where the winner gets to go to two bigger contests: Burton Abominable snow jam and the Billabong Slopestyle. We get between 30 and 50 girls a camp, all ages and beginner park ability to extreme park shreds that are the future.

9. As your career slows down will you be pushing to expand the camp and take on more responsibilities?

The camp is something I do for fun on the side of snowboarding. But it’s given me some good business experience that I can take to a career. I have a Bachelor of Science in Biomechanics, so it would be nice to try and apply that later on.

10. Any last life lesson messages you would like to extend to the good readers?

Don’t stop uphill with your snowmobile and don’t try to reverse in powder. Make sure you take an avalanche course and always wear your helmet while loading your sled onto your deck. Drink lots of water and wear sunscreen.