[The fresh new teaser for Vans' first snow team movie, LANDLINE.]
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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.
But it turns out you don't necessarily invent a new magic formula - the old one works just fine if you hire a dude who's got a great eye for capturing and splicing together snowboarding, give him the budget to use great tunes, team him up with some of the finest pow and urban riders around and give him two years to lap the world stacking footy. The fact that LANDLINE. was predominantly shot on Kodak 16mm film also helps give it a timeless aesthetic, but bottom line is its success is about the riders, and over the couple of winters of shooting for this project we can tell you they certainly delivered in spades.
"It's clear that every one of the riders in this went full send over the last two years. There's no 'making up the numbers' here."
Another pitfall of a part-based movie as you often find the opener and ender are sick, and then a bunch of riders are in the middle with some stuff that's pretty OK but not that memorable. This wasn't the case with LANDLINE. and, honestly, it didn't feel like the guys who got these two revered parts (Sam Taxwood and Jake Kuzyk respectively) had sections that were head and shoulders above guys who were in the middle. This isn't in any way a slight on these two dudes' riding - Taxwood is so well-rounded it's surprising he's not actually circular, while Kuzyk's mindbending precision tackling heavy street spots will have your eyes bugging - it's more that the quality of all the other riders' footage is so high, and the editing is so well-paced, that you never feel like you're enduring anything just because the guy's on the team and got some shots. It's clear that every one of the riders in this went full send over the last two years. There's no 'making up the numbers' here.
From the powder slashing and pillow popping of longtime legends Jamie Lynn, Bryan Iguchi and Wolle Nyvelt to the intense urban assaults by Vans' younger crop such as Dylan Ojo (it seems he really likes curved, kinked rails) and Cole Navin (there's a back board on a beast of a curved handrail), to some bonkers backcountry freestyle from Blake Paul (shoutout Alan Partridge for the tune), Pat Moore (that frontside invert!) and Arthur Longo (that backcountry 3 redirect thing!), there's something for everyone in this. There's even some less hectic funboarding from Mt Hood and elsewhere in the long credits section.
I wrote notes on tricks and stuff but, really, just get the movie and enjoy watching them all yourself. The one thing I will say is I'm happy to report that there are a few Chicanes in this - a favourite trick of mine to watch, yet one you don't see that often. The bottom line, though, is LANDLINE. is the kind of movie you'd want to pop in before a session and watch to get amped. Yes, it's done in the tried and tested manner of parts set to music, but it's an excellent example of such a kind of snowboard movie. Each part is fire and will get you pumped.
Snag that puppy from iTunes and add it to your digital bookshelf for sure. Visit Vans.com/LANDLINE to learn more about the film, check world premiere dates, locations, ticket information and to find a local premiere near you.
VANS LANDLINE. - GLOBAL TOUR DATES
WORLD PREMIERE* - OGDEN THEATER
Seoul, South Korea