Though much of the industry is focused around men, the ski community would be a boring place without female rippers. However, for years even the top female athletes have had a difficult time getting the same attention as their male counterparts, which is why Lynsey Dyer has made it her mission to showcase the power of skiing and playing “like a girl” in her new film project, Pretty Faces. Launched last fall with this trailer, Pretty Faces will be a web-episode series in the fall of 2013 followed by a full-length feature in 2014. To create this comprehensive film project, Dyer has spent the last several months collecting old footage from production companies within the industry and working hard to generate new footage with female athletes this season. We caught up with Dyer to get a feel for how the creative process has been unfolding.
Who have you been working with?
With the help of Unicorn Picnic Productions, we have been reaching out to all women and supporters of women who love the mountains and the outdoor lifestyle. This really is a collaborative project. We’ve worked with athletes like Lexi Dupont, Rachael Burks, Claire Smallwod, Ingrid Backstrom, and many more. We are combining new and old footage, young and old athletes, pros, waitresses, moms, and nurses. We are asking for help from filmmakers, production companies, donors, sponsors, and PR agencies.
What has been your biggest challenge during the creation of this film?
I thought it would be finding support for the project. But so far, we’ve gotten nothing but positive responses. Those wanting to get involved have blown me away. I’ve never seen support for women’s skiing like this before. The tipping point is here. I’m just trying to do my part to honor and support the movement.
What is the goal of this film project?
For me personally, I didn’t grow up with many female role models in mainstream media. From my perspective, women were only portrayed for their looks more than talents. I think many girls in skiing can relate. For so long I was trying to compete with the dudes to prove I could offer more than a “Pretty Face.” It took me a long time to play my own game in the mountains and embrace my own femininity there too. I thought I had to be going bigger and outdoing myself every year. Don’t get me wrong, pushing limits is always impressive, but for me, it’s more inspiring to watch the flow and mastery of someone skiing. I want to illustrate that feeling and share it with an audience that might not know this feeling that we share as skiers. Skiing is so powerful. It has caused us give up real jobs, financial security, and safe relationships in exchange for a life in the mountains. I’ve seen this story from the male perspective; I’ve never quite seen it from a female’s.
In one word, describe what this film will be like for young girls to watch?
Any folks you’d like to thank?
Big thanks to Jeff Brines and Early Ups, Josh Skogland at JGS concepts, Lauren Georgelous, our amazing female guide, Jeff Hoke and Brook Edwards in AK, Sandra Lahnsteiner who is heading up our team in Europe, Claire Smallwood at SheJumps, Stellar Media, TGR, Warren Miller Entertainment, and all those who are shooting, donating footage or helping us get the word out.