If you’ve been to any ski movies this fall, you’ve seen blower pow, exotic locations, and heli-drops on massive Alaskan peaks. But there’s one thing you probably haven’t seen much of in ski movies this year: Women. Sure, Ingrid Backstrom shows up briefly in Matchstick Productions' In Deep, and Rachael Burks has a quick, impressive front flip in Teton Gravity Research’s Re:Session, but that’s about it. Grete Eliassen, a pro freeskier based in Salt Lake City, Utah, wants to change that. Next fall, she’ll be debuting an all-girls ski movie called Say My Name, which she’ll be shooting this winter around the globe. We spoke to Grete on her way to class at the University of Utah about chicks flicks, Beyonce, and how exactly to pronounce her name.
So, an all-women’s ski movie. What, you weren’t happy with the 30 seconds of airtime the ladies got in this year’s ski movies?
No, I was not happy with the one or two girls in the ski movies these last couple years. Nor have I ever been happy with the ski industry when it comes to female footage. I have been a skier all my life and watching other people ski is a big part of the progression. My favorite part of watching ski movies is watching the women’s segments and there are not very many out there. So I just want to show other girls that you can become a professional skier if you heart desires it enough. Also, I want the footage to be out there of women’s skiing so girls can get inspiration to go ski. Because that is what it is all about.
Are you a Destiny’s Child fan? Or does Say My Name have a bigger meaning here?
Say My Name, Say My Name. No one is around is you, say baby I love you...We ain’t playing games. I am huge Destiny’s Child & Beyonce fan. However, the title’s real meaning is actually about how people mispronounce my name Grete Eliassen (Gre-ta Eli-a-sin). Having a Norwegian dad and Minnesotan mother, they like us kids to remember our roots. But I do not have it half as bad because my brother’s name is Knut (Ka-noot) and my sister’s name is Kirsten (Sheerstin).
Who else will be in the film besides you? And where are you shooting it?
I am bringing along a few of my friends who I know can throw down. I plan on hitting the best spots I know of and showing the best-fun type of skiing and snowboarding in the world. I just want to inspire skiing and getting out there and having fun with your friends.
And it’s being produced by photographer Stan Evans and directed by Jeremy Miller, right?
Yes, we have already shot for an entire season. Stan Evans and Jeremy Miller made the women’s snowboard movie Stance this year.
When will the film be out and will it tour around the US?
Fall 2010 expect to see it! I want to do a tour, but we will see what the people want.
Find out more at www.greteeliassen.com
Grete Eliassen at her best.
Director- Jeremy Miller
Cameramen - Justin Turkowski