UAF features snowboarding film as a fundraiser for Nanook Terrain Park

Annie Bartholomew/Sun Star Reporter
November 28, 2012

This Friday Teton Gravity Research will make a tour stop  at UAF to show their new snowboarding movie “Further” on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec.1 as a fundraiser for the Nanook Terrain Park.

The movie is pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones’ second installment of the yearly snowboarding film series, “Deeper,” “Further” and “Higher” which showcases big mountain and back-country terrain from all over the world.

“It’s important for us to really start promoting the sport as well as the park,” said Erik Ofelt, the assistant director for the Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness. Ofelt has planned the screening since early October.

“Further” is the first big feature for Ryland Bell, a Fairbanks native and pro snowboarder who has been filming with Jones for four years. Bell started snowboarding in Fairbanks, riding Moose Mountain and using bales of hay to construct jumps before snowfall. “Growing up in Fairbanks as a snowboarder wasn’t easy,” Bell said in an email. “Short cold days and barely any snow. But in the end it helps me even today to appreciate every day that I’m on my board.” Bell is excited to be representing his home state for the Alaska segment he said. He hopes that their next movie, ”Higher” will feature more Alaska riding. “We are really getting undeniably the best content up there.”

In addition to the interest in Bell’s part in the movie, some students are eager to see a snowboarding film in their favorite bar. “There’s something about snowboarding movies that makes me thirsty,” said Donavan Camp, a civil engineering student who is organizing a group of friends to attend The Pub premier.

“Further” will be shown Friday, Nov. 30 in the Pub and Saturday, Dec. 1 in Schaible Auditorium with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the movie beginning at 8 p.m. in both locations. The cost is $5 in advance and $7 at the door for UAF students and $8 in advance and $10 at the door for general admission. Tickets for the Schaible Auditorium showing can be purchased in advance at Beaver Sports, the Wood Center and the Student Recreation Center. Tickets to The Pub showing may only be purchased at the Pub to avoid age conflicts.

The Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness is also planning to host a skiing movie on Feb. 2 by skiing filmmakers Matchstick Productions to coincide with a terrain park competition earlier that afternoon.

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  1. Bill Weston says:

    What a great idea to raise funds.

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