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The Fine Line

Subtitled as an “avalanche education film”, “The Fine Line” ought to be mandatory viewing for any rider, whether skier, snowboarder or sledder, who is interested in moving their experience to the backcountry.  The DVD is divided up into an hour-long feature film and four shorter training films.  The feature film comes across like several different movies packaged together with its amalgam of animation, terrific time-lapse footage (year-long shots in some cases), and a stop-motion interpretation on the historical development (from the dawn of time, no less) of all aspects of riding technology: skis, snowmobiles and helicopters.  There’s some awesome ski porn style sequences with Tanner Hall and Dana Flahr among others and some amazing overhead cable-cam footage of Eric Hjorleifson and Skye Sheele hitting the powdered spaces between the trees.  About half-way into the feature, the focus zeroes in on avalanche awareness: getting the data, knowing your surroundings and advice from the mountain guides on tools and snowpack conditions.   This is where the investment in watching “The Fine Line” earns a good return as this is all crucial information.   The real pay-off however, is in the four training films that cover different aspects of understanding the mechanics of snow sitting on hills and how to travel through it and down it and ultimately how to get out from under it.  Director Dave Mossop shows great imagination with what can be done in a ski film and his skill as a filmmaker is on full view with his use of time-lapse and the cable-cam shots.  His future output is going to be interesting to see.   By Mark “The Attorney General” Quail

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Reviewed by AttorneyGeneral on May 17, 2011

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