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Snowboarding News | Wednesday October 09, 2013 | Shared By: Snowboarder Mag

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Biel, 8. October 2013


In the winter of 2012/13, RIDE GREENER and Coupdoeil Film dared to take the step of making the impossible become possible: they produced the first climate friendly snowboard and ski film. In STEPS, the effects of climate change are shown in parallel with the allure of winter sports. The film pursues the question of whether or not snowboarding and skiing in today’s world can be done in harmony with nature.

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STEPS, a documentary and action film, dives into the world of people whose deep connection to the mountains ties them together. Worried about impending climate change, they are looking for an alternative way to pursue their passion in harmony with nature and experience the mountains in an ecologically sustainable way. Instead of flying around the world in pursuit of snow, they explore the Alps at their doorstep. They travel using public transportation and climb the highest, most impressive peaks on their own before beginning their spectacular descents and jumps. Despite all of their efforts, they reach their limits and realize the real paradox existing in doing winter sports in harmony with nature.


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During filming, great care was taken to limit CO2 emissions to an absolute minimum. Flights, helicopters, and snowmobiles were never used. Flyover shots were accomplished in a carbon neutral way with the use of paragliders. With the film STEPS, RIDE GREENER and Coupdoeil Films want to show today’s film industry, as well as the snowboard and ski scene, that it’s possible to get spectacular winter footage without having a negative environmental impact. After all, it’s in the best interest of every snowboarder and skier to mitigate impending climate change since it so greatly threatens their own playground—the mountains.


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CINEMATOGRAPHY COUPDOEIL PRODUCED BY RIDE GREENER DIRECTED BY COUPDOEIL


STARRING MARTIN NELLEN RETO KNUTTI RENE ESTERMANN RETO KESTENHOLZ LEVI LUGGEN FREDERIK KALBERMATTEN MARTIN SEILER STEN SMOLA

SEB BUMANN JUREK RUPPEN SÉBASTIEN DE SAINTE MARIE NICOLAS VUGNIER SVEN MERMOD MATHIEU SCHAER JANICKE SVEDBERG


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Key information about the film

STEPS was chosen as a finalist at the following international film festivals: Banff (Canada), Autrans and Grenoble (France), Graz und Innsbruck (Austria), Helsinki (Finland), Boulder (USA), Brescia (Italy), Copenhagen (Denmark), Krakow (Poland), Poprad (Slovakia)


Film shooting: December 2012 until May 2013


Filming locations: Swiss Alps and Chamonix


Carbon emissions of the film production: 1.85 t CO2. (In comparison: the average annual CO2 emissions of a European run between 9 and 11 tons of CO2. The average production of a winter sports film runs between 50-60 tons CO2.)


Offsetting: The 1.87 tons of CO2 emissions are offset by myclimate climate mitigation projects in developing and emerging market countries. These projects reduce CO2 emissions by replacing fossil fuel based energy sources with renewable energy, or by promoting energy efficient technology.


Release Dates: Trailer 8. October 2013. The official film premiere takes place on 6. November 2013 in the Kino Corso, Zürich, Switzerland.


Filmtype: 100 percent non-commerical winter action sport and environmental education documentary film (running length 50 min.)


Website and Trailer: www.stepsfilm.com


Sponsors: Ride Greener, myclimate, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Swiss Federal Office for Social Security, Swisscom, Alpiq, Mammut, Dakine, Patagonia, Völkl, Alpenstadt Brig. More supporters on: stepsfilm.com


 


Producer:


RIDEGREENER: The non-profit organization RIDE GREENER shows interested winter sports enthusiasts how to easily reduce their CO2-footprint while snowboarding and skiing. The environmental and climate education campaign was founded in the fall of 2011 by passionate Swiss snowboarders with the purpose of familiarizing young winter sports enthusiasts with environmental issues related to global warming.


www.ridegreener.com


Filmmaker:


COUPDOEIL is a small film production studio located in the heart of Bern. The two founders, the historian Hermann Stephan and the ethnologist Philipp Eyer, create film portraits that explore the desires and motivations at the base of human existence. Or, in the case of the film project STEPS, at the peak.


 


TOURDATES Switzerland

2.11.2013 Brig, Perron 1 (Advance preview)


6.11.2013 Zürich, Kino Corso (Premiere)


13.11.2013 Bern, Kino Alhambra


17.11.2013 Sierre, Festival Valais fait son Cinéma


20.11.2013 Basel, Kino Rex 1


 


TOURDATES International


3.-5.10.2013 Adventure Film Festival Boulder, USA


9.-13.10.2013 Horsky Film Festival Poprad, Slovakia


11.-13-10.2013 Shift Festival, Jackson Hole, USA


18.10.2013 Helsinki Adventure Night, Finland


15.-18.10.2013 Innsbruck Nature Film Festival, Austria


26.10.-03.11.2013 BANFF Mountain Film Festival, Canada


31.10.-2.11.2013 Holz und Schnee – Snowboard Filmfestival Berlin, Germany


12.-16.11.2013 Internationales Berg & Abenteuer Filmfestival Graz, Austria


18.-22.11.2013 Cine Montagne, Grenoble, France

4.-8.12.2013 Festival international du film du montagne, Autrans, France

5.-12.12.2013 Brescia Winter Film Fest, Italy

5.-8.12.2013 Danish Adventure film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark


5-6.12.2013 Krakow, Poland


19.-22.12.2013 Mendi Film Festival, Spain


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YOU CHOOSE HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO PAY FOR WATCHING STEPS? You can watch STEPS for FREE or you make a DONATION to Ride Greener. Each voluntary donation is in safe hands and will be reasonable used and invested at 100 % in the Ride Greener environmental campaign. With a donation you can actively contribute to the climate protection. Donation Informations: Ride Greener Industriegasse 6 2502 Biel Bank institute: Postfinance Clearing: 9000 Swift/BIC: POFICHBEXXX Account number: 60-501523-2 IBAN: CH92 0900 0000 6050 1523 2 In the winter of 2012/13, RIDE GREENER and COUPDOEIL FILM dared to take the step of making the impossible become possible: they produced the first climate friendly snowboard and ski film. In STEPS, the effects of climate change are shown in parallel with the allure of winter sports. The film pursues the question of whether or not snowboarding and skiing in today's world can be done in harmony with nature. STEPS, a documentary and action film, dives into the world of people whose deep connection to the mountains ties them together. Worried about impending climate change, they are looking for an alternative way to pursue their passion in harmony with nature and experience the mountains in an ecologically sustainable way. Instead of flying around the world in pursuit of snow, they explore the Alps at their doorstep. They travel using public transportation and climb the highest, most impressive peaks on their own before beginning their spectacular descents and jumps. Despite all of their efforts, they reach their limits and realize the real paradox existing in doing winter sports in harmony with nature. CINEMATOGRAPHY by COUPDOEIL FILM / PRODUCED BY RIDE GREENER / DIRECTED BY COUPDOEIL FILM (coupdoeil.ch) STARRING: MARTIN NELLEN RETO KNUTTI RENE ESTERMANN RETO KESTENHOLZ LEVI LUGGEN FREDERIK KALBERMATTEN MARTIN SEILER STEN SMOLA SEB BUMANN JUREK RUPPEN SÉBASTIEN DE SAINTE MARIE NICOLAS VUGNIER SVEN MERMOD MATHIEU SCHAER JANICKE SVEDBERG Sponsors: Ride Greener, myclimate, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Swiss Federal Office for Social Security, Swisscom, Alpiq, Mammut, Dakine, Patagonia, Völkl, Alpenstadt Brig Supporter: Aletscharena, Leuk Tourismus, Kulturkomm. Brig und Naters, Gemeinde Riederalp, Fiesch, Fieschertal, Saas Fee, Anniviers Sierre, Kanton Wallis, Black Diamond, Hä? Wear, Nimm Clothing, TiptoTail, splitboard.ch, go-shred.com Mediapartners: SnowboarderMBM, Skiing Magazine, mpora.de, Spine Magazine, Frequency - The Snowboarders Journal, 7Sky Magazine, Whiteout Magazine, twoleftfeet.ch, Zapiks Music: Gustav Brach and Junip - Without you All film tour dates on: stepsfilm.com

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