American big mountain freestyle visionary, Travis Rice, launched his snowboarding film, The Art Of Flight, at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday, 11th October.
The 80 minute film was shot over two years in remote back-country locations, including Alaska, Patagonia, British Colombia, Jackson Hole and Aspen. Firearms, fractured jaws, shotgun tree lopping and three hospital visits were involved. And avalanches. Full of the most jaw-dropping snowboarding footage ever captured, the film was shot using cutting edge Phantom and Cineflex film cameras, often mounted from multiple helicopters. It is the same technology used to shoot productions like the Superbowl and the BBC’s epic, award-winning Planet Earth series.
The Art of Flight is perhaps the most anticipated snowboarding movie of all time.
"The pressure put on everyone involved, to not only ‘get the shot’ but also get the best shot ever put on film, was intense,” said ESPN. “Every shot in the movie is perfect.”
Four hundred guests attended the Sydney premiere, which was followed by an on-stage Q&A session with Rice and a mildly raucous after-party at BAR100 in the Rocks.
Rice described his relationship with fear: “You have to listen to it”, his recruitment process for fellow The Art of Flight riders including Mark Landvik, Scotty Lago, John Jackson and Nicolas Muller: “they’re like my la famiglia; they choose themselves”, and his discussion with Justin Timberlake at the film’s New York premiere last month: “He told me about Billy Idol’s homoerotic art collection,” he said, straight faced. “I mean, sure. It was interesting.”
The Art of Flight hits cinemas nationally on Thursday.
Check out the official website HERE