"The footage is phenomenal," attendee David Fritz said. "I used to stand and look down 3,000 feet from the top of a peak and now that my body is worn, it's great to watch others doing it. It takes me back."
Event host and RSN TV personality, Todd Offenbacher, kept the audience enthusiastic with entertaining commentary and a raffle.
Between films, go-go dancers and local artist DJ Koos entertained the audience, maintaining the high energy of the film festival.
Leeward Cinema's film, "My Own Two Feet," drew cheers as the crowd watched local snowboard legend, Jeremy Jones conquer the mountains surrounding Donner Lake. Since part of the film's purpose was to raise environmental awareness, camera crews and athletes did not use machinery to venture into the backcountry. This enabled them to find terrain never seen in a sports film. Even those who are familiar with the Sierra Nevada Mountains were given a unique opportunity to view portions of the region few have ever seen.
Swedish company, Free Radicals', newest film, "Satisfaction Guaranteed" lived up to their title with great footage and an upbeat soundtrack. Heads bobbed to European techno music as skiers thrust themselves down the most extreme terrain of the Alps.
The audience was kept on the edge of their seats with the German film, "Portrait of a Serial Jumper." Gasps could be heard as cameras followed Norwegian BASE jumper Andre Bach on his journey diving from some of the highest peaks in the world.
Matchstick Production, who considered their newest film, "Claim," the "greatest ski move ever," did not disappoint, with extraordinary cinematography and the best speed flying shot ever captured. For that segment, the crews caught one of their athletes in a phenomenal avalanche chase down nearly vertical terrain. To outrun the avalanche, the skier used a ground parachute to rise above the terrifying mass of snow.
"I remember the days of adrenaline," Fritz said. "These films are so fun to watch, just amazing."