My mom used to get my dad the new Warren Miller movie every year for Christmas. My parents, you see, were recovering ski bums, and having moved from Idaho to Vermont to save me from the Mormons, they missed “real skiing.” These movies, I guess, were the best connection they had. I was young when Warren Miller used to make movies anyone would want to buy, but I remember them being less about skiing and more about a story. Sometimes they were a bit cheesy, but my dad seemed to enjoy them.
Watching the TGR production “Deeper” reminded me of this for some reason. There was nothing cheesy about Jeremy Jones’ journey into the unknown, and Glen Plake’s Mohawk didn’t star in it, but it was a different sort of snow flick then every other video I’ve sat through this year. Who am I kidding. It took all the trick-porn videos and shit on their faces. Personally, I don’t notice if someone is getting on to a rail hardway or regular. I don’t want to count how many times some dude spun around. But I can appreciate hiking to the top of a mountain, sleeping out a storm in a snow cave and nearly running out of food, then riding full speed down a 45 degree pitch to be totally badass. I don’t want to do it, but I can appreciate it.
This is not to say there is no stunting in the video — cameos by Josh Dirksen, Travis Rice, Ryland Bell, Jonaven Moore, Forrest Shearer, Johan Olofsson, Lucas Debari and more made for some requisite freestyle sections, but this video was more like a show on the Discovery Channel than a snowboard video. If I want to nitpick, then yes, Zimmerman, there were a few shots that were out of focus, but that’s what happens when you shoot film, and it’s totally artsy. That and it’s not like they had a chance to go back and reshoot anything in the movie — just another reason Deeper just made everyone else look silly.
I regret missing Deeper on the big screen this summer. I imagine the DVD experience pales in comparison to what a theater with surround sound would do to get your heart pumping. Plus, watching it on DVD I almost got scared off by the skiing at the beginning. Don’t worry, it’s just an ad, and once the movie starts, you won’t be bored. I highly recommend checking out this movie, even if you are the coolest cool dude. And hey, if you don’t wanna watch it over and over again, regift it. I for one know my dad is going to psyched on his copy this Christmas!