For two years, the Legs of Steel production crew accompanied Italian freestyle skier Markus Eder on his powder turns, rails, cliff drops and kickers. The result: "The Ultimate Run" is the pure essence of freestyle skiing in ten minutes.
Whether it's the powder of Zermatt, an icy mountain mine or the snowy castle of Taufers - Eder, who won the Freeride World Tour in 2019, transforms everything into his playground in his ultimate run.
Olympic gold in big air, a total of five overall victories in the freestyle, big air and slopestyle World Cups, four X-Games titles: Anna Gasser is the grande dame of professional snowboarders. The film "The Spark Within" is a feature-length monument for the most influential female freestyle snowboarder of our time.
The portrait traces Anna Gasser's path from gymnast and snowboard latecomer to superstar, offering a contrasting program between action on the board and an exclusive look behind the scenes with interviews in which Anna Gasser herself has her say.
Skiing is an individual sport - and yet it brings so many people together. This side of the sport is shown in the film "Connected", which tells how skiing connects three women who would probably never have met otherwise.
Rosina Friedel, Alice Michel and Stefanie Mössler let off steam together - whether on urban street trails or in powder. "Connected" celebrated its premiere in Annecy. It can now be seen in full length on YouTube.
In 2016, Jeremie Heitz redefined Steep Skiing with his film "La Liste". Back then, the Swiss skier plunged down the 15 steepest slopes of the Alps on his skis.
Five years later, the second part "La Liste - Everything or Nothing" is now being released. Together with freerider Sam Anthamatten, this time Heitz conquers breathtaking six-thousand-metre peaks all over the world. The daring descents are put in scene by director Eric Crosland. The new film will premiere on 9 December.
The freeski production crew Legs of Steel is not only an institution around their home Innsbruck. With their ninth film "Long Days" they also show why. The footage was shot in Tyrol and Montenegro and shows almost 50 minutes of straightforward freeskiing skills. Director Fabian Hyden completely foregoes slow-motion shots altogether.
Instead of using slow-motion effects for smaller jumps, "we simply had to build jumps that are big enough to look good in real time," says Hyden. Since all the freeskiers are equipped with their own microphones, the audience can get up close and personal with the furious aerials, but also with a dramatic landing.
In Germany, Elias Elhardt is one of the spearheads of the snowboard scene. For his new film "Playing Gravity" he teamed up with drone pilot Sebastian Schieren. The result: breathtaking footage of a spectacular race down the mountain full of aerials. The film will premiere at the European Outdoor Film Tour 2021.
In view of the Corona pandemic, it is not yet definitively certain whether the Bavarian Dudes will be able to show their new film "Hoamspui" ("home game" in Bavarian accent) at a live premiere this year. What is for sure: The mixture of powder turns on the mountain and streetrails in Munich is unique. Just like the film music: Zither artist Manuel Kuthan accompanies the action with traditional Bavarian sounds. A "Hoamspui" in fact.