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Big Mountain Screening Festival, Munich.

11:40 5th December 2008 by Tom Copsey
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Ok, so the name might not exactly roll of the tongue but we were headed down to the Big Mountain Screening Festival in the cinema by Munich’s Deutsches Museum last night, and it was really, really pretty damned good.

The deal is that they are showing a bunch of different shred flicks over the next few days – from contemporary to old school – and there’s a bunch of brands and mags there ready to dish you with free shite too. We have a stand there and should you swing by make sure you give us money: we’ve got Jeremy Jones’ setup to raffle off, with all the cash going straight to Jeremy’s Protect Our Winters charity, so although it’s €2 to enter, make sure you give at least a tenner or we’ll scowl at you and call you a cheapskate.

Although the movie I really wanted to see – The Meltdown Project – sadly didn’t clear customs in time to be shown, we did manage to watch MDP’s Simple Pleasures on the big screen. Walking into the auditorium as that Carpe Wade son Elvis was blaring was dope, and it was really interesting watching that movie again, seeing how much snowboarding has changed in 11-or-so years. What was also interesting was seeing how Peter Line had a part that even today stands up as pretty banging. There was certainly some whirlybirding from others, though.

Then Mel and I snuck in to catch Blank Paper’s 91 Words For Snow. Talking to Christoph Weber, David and Boris Benedek afterwards it was funny to hear them say that they have trouble watching it now as they just remember how it didn’t turn out quite as they’d imagined it, but for me, it’s one of the best snowboard movies ever. Bangers when bangers are needed, fun when fun is, good tunes and interesting chat. Sure, some of it is a little, hmm, pretentious, but then if you’re talking about yourself and what you do then this will always be the case. Bottom line is not only did I appreciate the film, my mum did too and it helped her understand why I’ve been beelining for the mountains for the last 15 years. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think this is a seriously underrated – or glossed over – entry in the canon of snowboard movie making for the way it broke the mold at the time.

So tonight I’m figuring I’ll try to check out the Pirates’ Overseas and Forum or Against ‘Em. Watching snowboarding on a big screen is rad. Can’t wait for Saturday when they show the Scrapbook Project and That’s It, That’s All. Get down there and gobble popcorn.

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