Ski Movie Review – After Dark
This weekend I got a chance to view Level 1 Productions new movie, After Dark. I have been watching Level 1’s movie’s for many years now and they always give me tons of inspiration for the upcoming season. After Dark was no exception to this and left me feeling anxious to get back on the snow. This movie had a quality soundtrack with a wide variety of music that I felt complimented the skiing very well. Although I was not all that keen on the theme for this movie, the skiing definitely made up for it.
One thing that I was worried about this year was the fact the Phil Casabon and Henrik Harlaut were no longer filming full-time with Level 1 due to the fact that they were working on their own project with Inspired Media. Casabon still managed to put together a very short segment and Harlaut had one unreal shot. Although I was a little disappointed that I did not get to see more of their skiing, I feel that Chris Logan, Parker White, and Alex Bellemare did a great job in stepping up to the plate and filming some of the best segments in the movie. All three of these kids are relatively unknown and definitely underrated, but are sure to be remembered and anticipated in years to come after their performances in After Dark.
Some other standout segments included Ahmet Dadali, Mike Hornbeck, Sun Valley Idaho jump segment, and Wiley Miller. I was surprised to see that Tom Wallisch had a shorter than usual segment but still showed off his rail skills in his urban segment with Mike Hornbeck and Ahmet Dadali in Russia.
Overall, I feel that Level 1 did a great job this past season in producing After Dark. I would recommend this movie to someone who enjoys seeing a majority of park and urban skiing but also likes to see a few big mountain shots as well. However, if you prefer strictly big mountain lines and massive cliffs then this is probably not the movie for you.