How did filmmaker warren miller influence the extreme skiing industry?
Pioneer outdoor movie producer Warren Miller (Warren Miller) died last week, at the age of 93. NPR’s Kelly mike weiss (Kelly McEvers) and ali Shapiro (Ari Shapiro) reviews his life and his early influences of extreme skiing film industry.
ARI SHAPIRO, host:
Now we remember the man who brought the ski resort to the big screen all his life.
(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, “SKI COUNTRY”)
WARREN MILLER: we’re on a six-month world ski trip, and I’m going to be your guide. I’m warren miller, and you’d better stare at us.
KELLY MCEVERS, host:
Warren Miller, the pioneer of outdoor adventure films, died last week at the age of 93. He released his first film in 1950 and will continue filming every year. Now, decades later, people are watching his films at ski resorts across the country.
SHAPIRO: that’s Kurt, miller’s son. He worked with his father for several years. When miller started filming in the late 1940s, he lived with a friend in the parking lot of the sun valley ski resort in Idaho. They bribed the cable-car operator with beer and made tomato soup with hot water and ketchup. They have a rabbit for dinner.
Miller: he doesn’t just do it in sun valley. He was travelling across the west in a very old car with a very small tow truck.
MCEVERS: buick in 1937, exactly. Miller’s early films were similarly improvised. He could not record the film, so he would rent an auditorium, play a movie and tell the whole story.
Mr. Miller: he has a hundred pages of books. He lights them every night on the stage.
SHAPIRO: as the ski industry itself grew, miller’s films became more and more popular. He showed extreme and dangerous stunts, as well as the whimsical and silly aspects of ski culture. A frequent crowd preference shows that people are clumsily hanging ropes and ropes from their chairs.
MCEVERS: Kurt has been talking on the hillside for decades, and his father’s philosophy is simple.
K. MILLER: spend more time with your family and friends and have fun outdoors. This is what my father represents and what he has done all his life.
SHAPIRO: that’s warren miller’s son Kurt miller. The outdoor adventure director died last week at the age of 93.