The Art of Flight – The ‘Must-See’ Snowboarding Movie
“It is [...] self discovery that inevitably takes us to the wildest places on Earth.” Travis Rice.
Teamed with a posse of fellow dedicated madmen, professional snowboarder Travis Rice embarks on one of life’s most incredible journeys. The Art of Flight is a snowboarding documentary based solely on taking snowboarding to the extreme. The film encompasses all corners of the globe from Alaska and Patagonia to Austria and Romania, but commences in Rice’s home town of Jackson, Wyoming.
“We’ll never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it”, says Rice, currently hailed as ‘the world’s best all-round snowboarder’. Rice is accompanied by a myriad of interesting characters that sure know how to don a snowboard and slide down a mountain. Scotty Lago, John Jackson and Nicholas Muller to name a few, are guys that have dedicated themselves to this sport for years. And for good reason: They are good. Very good. These guys will give you an insight into how far one can really push oneself when it comes to extreme sports.
The cinematography, stills and action shots in Art of Flight leave you breathless and on the edge of your seat. Even for those not particularly interested in snowboarding, this is a film I would recommend purely for the visual experience. Married with one heck of a sound track, this movie ticks every single box and is 1 hour and 20 minutes of my time I would happily spend doing the same thing over and over again.
To really appreciate this film to its maximum potential, it must be seen on a big screen. With Red Bull as their main sponsor, it appears that no expense was spared in making sure that the riders are being captured on the most optimum equipment possible. Obviously, it’s hats off to the riders in Art of Flight, but in cases like this, it’s the guys behind the scenes that must not be forgotten. From the helicopter pilots to skidoo drivers to all things film-making, once you have seen this picture you will understand that it was by no means a one man band. The production team behind the scenes have been kitted with the most progressive and advanced equipment and technology to bring you a mind-blowing collection of snowboarding ‘art’.
The Art of Flight is a must-see film for young and old. Those that have seen it already will agree that the film is so appealing because it gives such a personal, insightful view into the life of a professional snowboarder. It is not all corduroy pistes and knee deep powder; there are down times and many of them. But it is the way these creative and individual characters fill this time that is so ingenious. To divulge any further would be spoiling the best bits…