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Cheap Ski Movie

Jack Turner, a Durango, Colorado-based filmmaker, decided to create a spoof ski movie—picture Wayne’s World meets Warren Miller. The result? Cheap Ski Movie, a comic documentary-style take on ski porn that will tour the country next fall. We spoke to Turner about heli-skiing in Massachusetts and how to make a ski movie for under $60,000 (hint: use cardboard).

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What do you think of ski movies today? All ski movies are the same. Even when they say they’re revolutionary. None of them have a plot. They jump off…

What do you think of ski movies today? All ski movies are the same. Even when they say they’re revolutionary. None of them have a plot. They jump off something big, they go to meet with other cool people like themselves. Where is the fat guy skiing? Where are the beginners falling off chairlifts? Where is the slapstick humor that made ski movies so good in the past? So you decided to make one that’s better than all the rest? There’s a lot of pain in the ski industry right now, both on the resort side and the manufacturing side. We had this global economic meltdown, declining revenues, draught. It seems like one misery after the other. We need a joke. Cheap Ski Movie’s tagline is ‘It’s a movie for the times. Hard times.’ (click to the next slide for the rest of the interview)

So you decided to make one that’s better than all the rest?There’s a lot of pain in the ski industry right now, both on the resort side and the…

So you decided to make one that’s better than all the rest?
There’s a lot of pain in the ski industry right now, both on the resort side and the manufacturing side. We had this global economic meltdown, declining revenues, draught. It seems like one misery after the other. We need a joke. Cheap Ski Movie’s tagline is ‘It’s a movie for the times. Hard times.’
 
Basic plot summary please.
These two happy-go-lucky losers want to make a ski movie and everyone craps all over their dream. They eventually meet up with Jonny Mosely, who helps them out. To save money, they decide to turn themselves into cardboard and send themselves around the country (they travel in dumpsters and other means) to film the movie. The cardboard cutouts go heli-skiing just outside the Boston suburbs, they go skiing in Indiana, they go to Brighton, Utah, they crowd surf at the Winter X Games in Aspen. The film requires the complete suspension of belief. This truly is a cheap ski movie because the two actors in it have never been to these ski areas.

Who are the two actors playing these Wayne and Garth characters? And what other big names appear in the film?They’re not really actors. There’s Matt…

Who are the two actors playing these Wayne and Garth characters? And what other big names appear in the film?
They’re not really actors. There’s Matt Peters, who’s a piercing specialist at Your Flesh Tattoo in Durango. And there’s Ian Wolf, who is the custodian at our local rec center.  All the ski celebrities who appear in this movie don’t actually ski. They have cameos. Phil Mahre plays a polygamist. Then there’s Glen Plake, Billy Kid, Jonny Mosey, Jen Hudak, Tanner Hall, Pep Fujas. Most people play themselves. But snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler plays a skier. Warren Miller is billed as the filmmaker formerly known as Warren Miller.

You spent 14 months shooting this film in 15 locations, with a cast of over 500 people. So how cheap was Cheap Ski Movie?We spent more than $60,000.…

You spent 14 months shooting this film in 15 locations, with a cast of over 500 people. So how cheap was Cheap Ski Movie?
We spent more than $60,000. Much of it was begged, borrowed, and stolen. We had no sponsorship. I made this because I love it. Could you imagine me going to ask for sponsorship and saying, ‘I’m making a movie where the two main characters are made of cardboard’?

Good point. At least it’s different than anything we’ve seen before.Our movie has a plot—unlike any other ski movie. We tell people that you may love…

Good point. At least it’s different than anything we’ve seen before.
Our movie has a plot—unlike any other ski movie. We tell people that you may love this movie or you may hate it but you won’t walk out of the theater and say I’ve seen that movie before.

For more on the movie, check out www.cheapskimovie.com.