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Warren Miller’s “Dynasty” at a Theater Near You

Few names are as hallowed among skiers and snowboarders as Warren Miller, the godfather of extreme skiing cinematography. Bay Area fans can watch his latest movie, Dynasty, on the big screen in high definition as part of an 82-city tour when it comes to San Francisco and Palo Alto later this week. I saw it at a high school auditorium in San Mateo last Sunday.

At age 81, Miller has retired from his wild ice and snow capades. But the movie’s director, Max Bervy, has interspersed new footage with grainy video shot by Miller during the past 60 years. The old shots lend character to the movie, while the new footage is spectacular with all of its visual effects.

Narrated by Olympic skier Jonny Moseley, Dynasty starts at Lake Tahoe–where the skiing is “crazy, good or crazy-good” as Moseley says–and then heads to British Columbia, Washington, Colorado, Norway, Alaska, Michigan (yes, Michigan!), Idaho and China for shots of extreme skiing on rugged terrain.

The 98-minute film also features a 9-year-old snowboarding phenom named Snow White (after another famous snowboarder with the last name “White”), adaptive athletes recklessly racing down the mountain in sit skis in skiercross at the X Games and Chinese villagers plunging down a hill on long skis roughly hewn from trees.

Showings will be at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. and the Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto on Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. In addition to the movie, there will be prize giveaways. Call (800) 523-7117 or visit Any Mountain to purchase tickets ($18 each, which includes a free lift ticket to Heavenly and $25 off a purchase of $100 or more at Any Mountain).

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November 16, 2009 - Posted by | Tips & Advice | , , , ,

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