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Steep

MPAA Rating: PG for extreme sports action and brief language
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Primary Audience:
Adults, Teens, Family
Genre:
Documentary, Sports
Length:
1 hr. 32 min.
Year of Release:
2007
USA Release:
December 21, 2007; DVD: March 18, 2008
Copyright, Sony Pictures Classics
Copyright, Sony Pictures Classics
Copyright, Sony Pictures Classics
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Copyright, Sony Pictures Classics
Copyright, Sony Pictures Classics
Copyright, Sony Pictures Classics
Copyright, Sony Pictures Classics
Copyright, Sony Pictures Classics
Copyright, Sony Pictures Classics
Featuring: Ingrid Backstrom, Anselme Baud, Bill Briggs, Doug Coombs, Chris Davenport, Stefano De Benedetti, Shane McConkey, Andrew McLean, Seth Morrison, Eric Pehota, Glen Plake
Director: Mark Obenhaus
Producer: Caitlin Costin, J. Stuart Horsfall, Kayce Freed Jennings, William A. Kerig, Jordan Kronick, Mark Obenhaus, Gabrielle Tenenbaum, Stacy Wolberg, Tom Yellin
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

“The exhilarating story of big mountain skiing told by those who lived it. Without risk… there is no adventure.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “STEEP is a feature documentary about bold adventure, exquisite athleticism and the pursuit of a perfect moment on skis. It is the story of big mountain skiing, a sport that barely existed 35 years ago.

It started in the 1970s in the mountains above Chamonix, France, where skiers began to attempt ski descents so extreme that they appeared almost suicidal. Men like Anselme Baud and Patrick Vallencant were inspired by the challenge of skiing where no one thought to ski before. Now, two generations later, some of the world’s greatest skiers pursue a sport where the prize is not winning, but simply experiencing the exhilaration of skiing and exploring big, wild, remote mountains.

STEEP features many of the sport’s greatest athletes including Bill Briggs, Stefano De Benedetti, Eric Pehota, Glen Plake, Shane McConkey, Seth Morrison, Chris Davenport, Ingrid Backstrom and Andrew McLean.

The man who is often described as the greatest big mountain skier of all, the late Doug Coombs, is the character at the center of STEEP. He died in a skiing accident in La Grave, France, in April, 2006, just days after being filmed for STEEP. His rich life and tragic death reveal the essential question at the heart of big mountain skiing: How does a skier weigh the risks versus the rewards of a sport where the possibility of dying is ever-present?

STEEP was shot on High Definition and on film in Alaska, Wyoming, Canada, France and Iceland.”

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Movie Critics
…beautifully filmed ski footage, set against awe-inspiring landscapes… fails to find an inventive cinematic way to capture the excitement that makes the sport so irresistible to its participants…
—Geoff Berkshire, Chicago Tribune
…often oppressive faux-metal soundtrack… people engage in senseless, life-threatening and therefore obscene acts of titillation for viewers… Production values are phenomenal.
—John Anderson, Variety