Walking out of the crisp night air and into the Emerson on Tuesday night was almost like being transported two months forward in time. Beanies, goggles, colorful one-pieces and just about every skiing brand label known to man screamed at the people inside, one-upped only by the screams of the highly animated crowd.
Premiere season is clearly in full swing, as aggressive high-fiving and all other types of stoke filled Bozeman’s premiere of Teton Gravity Research’s “The Dream Factory.” The excitement was apparent to TGR athlete Griffin Post, fresh off the world premiere at Jackson Hole Resort in Wyoming last weekend.
“The Bozeman crowd is definitely one of the rowdiest. It’s amazing to see so much energy two months out of ski season,” Post said.
This was no understatement. As the athletes introduced the film and the mandatory product toss commenced, the energy surged. When Angel Collinson introduced herself, the crowd wolf-whistled and hollered (no doubt for the epic performance they knew they would see from her, and in no way due to her miniskirt).
After the sponsor thank-you’s and a shoutout to the Bozeman crowd, the movie finally began with shots of some of the deepest Alaskan pow imaginable — an almost unfamiliar sight to most Bozemanites after last year’s dismal winter. “The Dream Factory” was a perfect example of skiers adapting to unforeseen circumstances. As the Lower 48 spent most of last winter lukewarm and snow-starved, the TGR crew headed north to the Last Frontier and decided to film their entire movie there (aside from a few Jackson Hole Shots, featuring possibly the most epic Corbet’s Couloir session ever recorded).
Avoiding the typical big mountain ski porn most would expect from an Alaska-centered flick, “The Dream Factory” delved into the history of Alaska and the skiing intertwined with it. Old shots and new footage fit remarkably well together, especially the awesome footage of the original World Freeride Championships — essentially the birth of heli-accessed freeskiing in Alaska. Side-by-side footage of different athletes skiing the same line 20 years apart gave the audience a glimpse of the spirit of downhill snowsports’ forefathers, showing us how skiing was set in motion and how we ended up here today — packed shoulder-to-shoulder and neck-deep in the debauchery of movie premiere season.