"The Hit List” the new film from the award-winning crew at Matchstick Productions is scheduled for worldwide release in Whistler British Columbia on September 15, 2005 on top of Whistler mountain at the Round House. Featuring the best skiers in the world, the film stars; Shane McConkey, Mark Abma, Ingrid Backstrom, Hugo Harrisson, Mike Douglas, Sarah Burke and many more. “With the incredible winter this year, the footage that resulted is amazing”, said director Steve Winter. “This year we captured it all, powder, park, cliffs, and jumps all set in the most beautiful locations in the World. We couldn’t be more excited about our new release.”
Matchstick Productions is offering two ski movies for the price of one this year. On the DVD, the viewer will have the option of viewing the theatrical release that you can see on tour, plus there will be another section devoted entirely to the skiers. Each skier will individually edit their part, that way the viewer can see all the shots the skier worked on over the year, edited in his or her own unique style. So in reality, buying the DVD will be like buying two movies for the price of one. The theatrical version of “Hit List” will be more location based, answering the most frequently asked ski movie question, “Where’s that?” A big part of skiing is the discovery of places and Matchstick Productions is excited to share their exploration of the globe.
Red Bull energy drink and Matchstick Productions teamed up and chartered a 110-foot research vessel decked out with a private helicopter and travel up the coast of British Columbia in search of first descents. The results are mind-blowing! The trip included World Cup skier Daron Rahlves, “Skier of the Year” Mark Abma, and big mountain guru Chris Davenport. The zone they discovered was epic and so is the footage that was produced.