This fall marks the 20th anniversary film for ski movie company Matchstick Productions. Those past 20 films have taken viewers on a wild ride from Alaska to Europe and beyond, launching and documenting the careers of pro skiers like Shane McConkey (see: "There's Something About McConkey"), Seth Morrison (see: "Ski Movie 2: High Society"), Ingrid Backstrom (see: "Yearbook"), and Sean Pettit (see "Claim").
This year's film, called "Superheroes of Stoke," looks back at the last 20 years and the evolution of freeskiing during that time. The film -- which premieres this fall and for which the trailer dropped this week -- bounces from British Columbia to Silverton, Colo., to Alaska. It features many familiar faces -- Eric Hjorleifson, Mark Abma, Henrik Windstedt, Cody Townsend, Jacob Wester, Ingrid Backstrom, Sean Pettit, Richard Permin, Gus Kenworthy and more. It also pays tribute to the MSP athletes who've lost their lives in recent years, including Shane McConkey, CR Johnson, Arne Backstrom, and Sarah Burke.
"We never knew we'd make it this far," says MSP executive producer Murray Wais. "So when we realized that this new film would represent a milestone in MSP's history we decided to relate where we've been to where we are now. Skiing has always meant everything to us, and we're all living in a really exciting era for the sport. This movie captures that excitement and puts it on display courtesy of the latest filmmaking equipment available."
The world premiere of "Superheroes of Stoke" will take place in Seattle, Wash., on Sept. 15, and afterward, the movie will tour to 150 locations around the world and will be available on DVD and digital download.