Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen the film P-Tex, Lies & Duct Tape. Alright maybe Maltese Flamingo? Fist full of Moguls … Okay I hope to God you’ve seen Blizzard of Aahhhs! Well, I suppose if you were born in the 90s then you have no idea what the hell I’m talking about. But you should, because before Level 1, Mack Dawg, Poorboyz, and Absinthe films there was an extreme ski film director and producer named Greg Stump (aka Stumpy), and he made some radical ski movies.
I use the word “radical’ because whether you’re a skier, a snowboarder or you just live in a ski town and collect unemployment checks, his films helped define and usher in everything you thought you knew about ski culture; be it extreme-skiing, mogul bashing, splaffies, ski ballet, headbands, 80s music, backwards goggles, day-glo, one-pieces, rollerblading, monoboarding … sh*t even snowboarding. You could even go as far as arguing that without Sir Stump we wouldn’t have the recognizable household names like Johnny Moseley, Scott Schmidt and Glen Plake.
Well, it’s been a few years since we’ve seen anything extreme from Stumpy, but now the king of hot doggin’ returns with a new film,“The Legend of Aahhs.” This Saturday, March 12 at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center.
Stump will be there in person to debut his project along with some special guests (that I’m sure you can figure out on your own).
Known for his “Warren Miller” style narratives, his gratuitous use of underground 80s music, random dance scenes and of course his lack of inhibition to feature a wide variety of sports including the fledgling sport of snowboarding.
“Legend” is an entertaining and thorough look at not just the sport of skiing but the history of ski films, from their humble beginnings in 1930s Nazi Germany to the hi-def GoPro nation we now live in. So if your like many Mammoth locals and have seen the film Blizzard of Aahhhs so often that you’ve worn down your VHS, then throw on your one piece, splash some wood glue in your mohawk and get ready for something truly radical this Saturday. I assure you, there will be plenty of aahhhs to go around.
Pre-sale tix are available the Booky Joint and cost $10 or buy them at the door for $15. Film begins @ 7 p.m. Mammoth Lakes Arts Center is located across from the Mammoth Lakes Police Station.