[The fresh new teaser for Vans’ first snow team movie, LANDLINE.]
Vans have been making snowboard boots for the best part of 25 years – and have had a stacked roster of sick team riders throughout – which makes the fact that LANDLINE. is the iconic footwear brand’s first ever team movie all the more mystifying. But, rest assured, they’ve certainly made up for their absence at the filmmaking table with this 30-odd minute bangfest from director Tanner Pendleton.
Longform snowboard video has been having something of a hard time lately – productions are fewer and farther between than at any time in recent memory, after all – and there’s been much pontificating about whether a traditional part-based film with snowboarding set to music can still have the same impact it did in the golden age of pre-internet times. I’ve watched more snowboard movies than I could ever count, and confess it can often feel that it can feel like watching your favourite film remade every year with slightly different dialogue and occasionally new actors. After a while you might just want something else; hence Glue, The Eternal Beauty of Snowboarding and Horgasm have stuck in the mind from recent years for deviating from the well-trodden path.