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On September 14, a movie called Tanner Hall premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. This movie has nothing to do with the Tanner you know who’s won a few X Games golds and loves reggae. Instead it’s a movie about a fictional elite girls’ boarding school called, you guessed it, Tanner Hall. The title is merely a fortunate coincidence.
But in some ways, the poetic yet scandalous coming of age story showcased in the movie sounds oddly familiar to that of pre-pubescent jibbing culture.
“Anything worth anything is both terrifying and beautiful,” says the earnest voice of the female narrator in the movie’s opening. The aesthetic juxtaposition of these two emotions was painfully clear to anyone who ever watched Tanner’s infamous attempt at Chad’s Gap in 2005.
“It’s like the first time that you do something that you know is wrong. You know it’s wrong, but you do it anyway,” continues the narrator. The first time Tanner woke up one summer morning at Mt. Hood circa 2003 and decided to rock an oversized basketball jersey and a face bandanna he might not have anticipated the consequences. The park skiing community is to this day awkwardly fumbling in faux-hip-hop limbo from one wrong decision.
One thing is for sure: I would highly recommend it over The Massive, a film about Tanner Hall (the skier).