TGR is stoked and honored to have been awarded Powder Magazine’s Movie of the Year Award for the feature length ski film Far Out, an epic adventure that took us to the most remote and unexplored mountain ranges on the planet.
"To exceed expectations is the most rewarding feeling there is. We put in a ton of hard work.” Blake Campbell, Director and Film Editor of Far Out
Far Out, presented by REI, is now available for rental and digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, and Vimeo. Far Out brought us to all corners of the earth from BC to Russia, to the Slovenian Alps to the Crazy Mountains and finally right at home here in Jackson. While the final destination appears to be the ultimate goal, it is the collective of athletes, experiences, and the array of locations around the world that inevitably drive the season’s adventure. It's been a blast to share the journey with all of you.
We would like to thank all the athletes who joined us on this journey, without whom none of this would have been possible. The whole odyssey was an amazing ride and we look forward to working on future projects with you all. We would also like to thank Powder Magazine for hosting another great awards night. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be included alongside the top talent in our community. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.
As much as we are honored by this award, it is also a bittersweet moment for the TGR family. After 10 films with TGR, veteran film editor and director Blake Campbell is moving on to pursue other projects. Blake started out as an intern with TGR in 2008 editing film on a weekly basis under the guidance of Tate MacDowell, who is the subject of Mountain in the Hallway. Throughout the years Blake proved himself an exceptional talent in the film room, working his way up through the ranks until he was ultimately directing movies. Blake worked with TGR on Re:Session, One For The Road, The Dream Factory, Way of Life, Almost Ablaze, Paradise Waits, Andy Irons: Kissed By God, Tight Loose, Rogue Elements and lastly Far Out. TGR would not be what it is today without all of his hard work and direction. A huge thank you to Blake Campbell, we wish you the best on all your next projects and adventures.
Blake on Far Out: “With Far Out, we had more of an idea when we set out filming than in previous TGR projects. The idea I thought we could execute was, in its simplest form, taking one trip - whatever that trip may be, to a far out destination. And then shooting it in a way that would allow us to tell the story in segmented chunks and just build more of a narrative art. There’s always challenges in any of these big trips we take - weather is a big one, injury is a concern - all kinds of things happen that can create drama. But being able to extrapolate that out across an entire film without just using individual segments was sort of what the goal was in my mind.
It was a good year for TGR. We put a ton of work into Far Out, especially on the front end. It was really cool to see it all pay off in the end with some recognition and the huge success of the tour. To see it received well live is my main goal.”
Blake on his future: “There’s a cool space right now that’s come with the accessibility of high end film making, where there’s a blended documentary narrative space. I dabble in scripted content here and there, and I’m stoked to learn more about that, but the stuff that I’m really interested in are the stories that are real, about real people and real life. Shot with high end cinematic quality to them. So that’s what my next focus is.”
Last time TGR took home the Powder Awards Movie of the Year was for our 2015 feature length ski film Almost Ablaze. We’ve been making ski and snowboard movies for 23 years and it’s still so exciting and humbling to be nominated alongside such a talented array of films and filmmakers.