New Warren Miller film pays tribute to Stein Eriksen
October 11, 2016
In a few days, Warren Miller Entertainment will premiere its 67th winter-sports film, "Here, There & Everywhere."
The Salt Lake City premiere will be at Abravanel Hall on Oct. 14 and 15. The film will then screen at the Xango Grand Theatre at SCERA in Orem and then come to the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts in Park City on Oct. 21 and 22, before heading off to Ogden's Peery's Egyptian Theater on Oct. 26 and 27.
The film, narrated by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, takes viewers to Switzerland, British Columbia, Fenway Park and Greenland, as well as California, Colorado, Montana, Alaska and Utah.
The Utah segment holds special meaning for Parkites. It features a tribute to the late freestyle icon Stein Eriksen and was filmed at Deer Valley.
Chris Anthony, former Alaskan Extreme Skiing Champion who has appeared in 27 Warren Miller films, along with Park City's Winter Olympian Kaylin Richardson, spent five days last January to shoot the segment.
Anthony, who lives in Denver, Colorado, learned he needed to be at Deer Valley one day before the shoot.
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"I dropped everything, of course, and drove all night," Anthony said, calling from a traffic jam on I-70 in Denver, Colorado. "It was snowing really badly, but it was an easy drive because I listened to the Broncos game the whole way."
This was Anthony's first time skiing Deer Valley.
"The terrain was amazing, but what sticks out the most is that they have some very aggressive terrain and we were able to find it," he said.
The filming took place in the trees and some of it took place during a snowstorm.
"Kaylin and I were lucky to be out there during a snowstorm," Anthony said. "I come from a racing background and had a blast with her as we carved up the early morning grooves that were perfectly manicured."
He also loved skiing the trees.
"While we were skiing through the trees I noticed the paths weren't trenched out and I couldn't figure out why. It took me a while to realize that there were no snowboards," he said with a laugh.
However, the one thing that sticks in Anthony's mind the most was his interactions with the Deer Valley staff.
"I'm not just saying this, but everyone looked happy to be there," he said. "I didn't feel like I was walking into some corporate place where people just had nametags on."
To get the skiers focused on Stein Eriksen, the Warren Miller Entertainment film crew brought in some archival footage of the freestyle gold medalist.
"I would get up and ski during the day and then watch this footage at night," Anthony said. "It was inspiring to see what our sport has become and I feel lucky to be following in his footsteps."
Anthony said he was honored to pay tribute to Eriksen.
"First, I was very proud of the fact that I got asked once again to be part of the film, and to be part of that segment — not only just being able to ski at Deer Valley, but also pay tribute to Stein Eriksen in the place that he called home — was amazing," he said. "I grew up watching Stein. He was one of my icons. I got to ski with him at a celebrity event a long, long time ago. Stein is an icon to this sport, so it's super important for Warren Miller to do this on his home turf."
Anthony doesn't know what the film crews will use, because he hasn't seen the film yet.
"Still, for me, Stein developed a style and a fashion for the style that was iconic," Anthony said. "He had a tremendous impact in growing the sport itself. He was a showman. He was classy and had a dignity about him. He was a great role model, so to have any sort of link to him is an honor for me."
Anthony's first Warren Miller film was "Extreme Winter," which was released in 1990.
"I grew up watching the films and seeing Warren in person on stage start up the film," he said. "I always dreamed that the filmmakers would catch me somehow on film and that I would be in one of the movies. So, to be asked to be in 'Extreme Winter' was incredible."
His first shoot was in France.
"I was so lucky, because the first shoot I did was with two of my role models from the U.S. Ski Team (Mike Farny and Tom Bowers), and couldn't have asked to be in a better set up," Anthony said. "They led me into this new world of film, which was eye opening.
"I always thought the films were about skiing, but skiing for film is completely different than anything I knew," he said. "It was like learning a new sport within the sport. I was lucky to have the right guys with me who said the right thing and got my head in the right spot to get into more films."
Even today, Anthony crosses his fingers and hopes that he will be asked to appear in a new Warren Miller film.
"One thing that Warren Miller Entertainment has kept at its core is that it continues to be a master of documenting our sport," he said.
Warren Miller Entertainment's 67th winter sports film, "Here, There & Everywhere," will premiere in Salt Lake City at Abravanel Hall on Oct. 14 and 15. It will screen in Orem at the XanGo Grand Theatre at the SCERA from Oct. 18 to 20. The Park City premiere will be Oct. 21 at 8 p.m., Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.ecclescenter.org.
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