An all-star roster of sports movie-making talent directs this heartfelt biography of extreme ski trailblazer Shane McConkey, once described as “the most influential skier ever.” McConkey covers forty years and countless high places to track Shane’s conversion from downhill racer to freeskiing marvel to pioneer of a hair-raising new discipline in ski BASE jumping. The film frames a question that takes on visceral implications with its video of long vertical drops: how do you really live your life to the fullest?
Winter, Wais and company blend Shane’s personal videos, their own extensive extreme sports footage and interviews with family and close friends—many of whom are themselves ski legends—to revise McConkey’s public persona as a single-minded wild man on the mountain. They reveal in his life and times an influential spirit and limitless drive, especially when he was preparing for his next great exploit. Meanwhile, an absent father casts a long shadow across Shane’s celebrity, turning McConkey into a thoughtful examination of the causes of success, the roots of inspiration and the meaning of responsibility.
Length: 109 minutes
Director: Steve Winter, Murray Wais, Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff
Screenwriter: Steve Winter, Murray Wais, Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff
Producer: Steve Winter, Murray Wais
Editor: David Zieff
Cinematographer: Steve Winter, Murray Wais, Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney
Executive Producer: Scott Bradfield, Charlie Rosene, Claude Merkel, Sherry McConkey
Story Consultant: Jack Youngelson
Cast: Shane McConkey, Sherry McConkey, J.T. Holmes, Glenn McConkey, Jim McConkey, Jonny Moseley, Miles Daisher, Travis Pastrana, Bob Burnquist, Mike Douglas, Kent Kreitler, Scot Schmidt
STEVE WINTER founded MSP, the world’s most-awarded ski film company. MSP partner MURRAY WAIS has worked in film for over twenty years. SCOTT GAFFNEY, once in the top fifty North American skiers, is a long-time director and editor at Matchstick Productions. Independent Spirit Award-winner DAVID ZIEFF has been creating documentaries, feature films and television for almost three decades. ROB BRUCE is a cinematographer, writer and producer for action sports features, television and commercials.