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January 14, 2010

Swift.Silent.Deep

Got a great movie in the mail a couple weeks ago Swift.Silent.Deep about the Jackson Hole Air Force.

Seriously loved the movie. Jake, Jackson, Jarrett and I watched it on our Christmas trip to Brian Head. Just awesome and interesting historical perspective.

The film had some controversy about Warren Miller's appearance reported courtesy of the best ski magazine on the market (and maker of my favorite t-shirt) The Ski Journal:

In September Warren Miller Entertainment (WME), the company that produces the annual Warren Miller films, filed a compalint against Level 1 Productions in the U.S. District Court of Colorado for trademark infringement. Miller sold his company and use of his name in 1988, and in the complaint WME cited a 1995 agreement between itself and Miller in which WME owns the exclusive rights to the name, use of voice, and the likeness of Warren Miller in all media.

Along with the trademark complaint, WME also entered a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent more showings of the film. The motion was quickly denied in court, and Berman has continued touring his film despite the ongoing controversy.

For his part, the 84-year-old Miller has been outspoken in his support of Berman and in his distaste for the actions of WME. In October Miller released a statement distancing himself from WME artistic endeavors. "I would like to clarify that I am not, nor have I been involved with Warren Miller Entertainment (WME) or their ski movies for quite some time," he wrote. "It has been six years since I have had anything whatsoever to do with the films bearing my name."

"I stopped working with WME because our ideas on what the ski films should be weren't on the same page," the statement continued, "and they demonstrated that they didn't want my involvement in making ski films any longer." Miller also called some of WME's assertions "absurd" in his statement, and that he believes WME has no valid claim against Level 1.

So shameless plug for Ski Journal, Swift.Silent.Deep, and Warren Miller whose blog entries are awesome as evidenced by this quote:

If you are to believe Nobel Prize winner Al Gore, who also received an Academy Award for his documentary about global warming, everyone should immediately sell any ski or snowboard equipment they own and give up their futile search for powder.

To that scenario I say, “Forget it, Al!” All weather is unusual and the snow will show up and everyone will forget all of the doom and gloom of last winter...

After many years of traveling the world, everywhere I’ve filmed the weather was always unusual. Do I think the unusual weather conditions during the last decade are based solely on internal combustion engines?

A resounding, “No!”...

So get out in the garage and tune up whatever you will be riding on this winter, get your body in shape and try not to get freaked out by Nobel Prize-winner Al Gore. Even though he did invent e-mail and the science of global warming in the office of his air-conditioned, 22-room home, that is fortunately a very long way from any ski resort. Or, at least, it’s a short flight in his private jet.

Posted by Justin at January 14, 2010 02:51 PM

Comments

I saw the trailer for this during the TGR film this year and thought it looked absolutely great. Glad to hear the final product is just as good!

Posted by: Oft-Piste at January 15, 2010 04:22 PM