Event: Pretty Faces screening to celebrate International Day of the Girl, Oct 9
Celebrate International Day of the Girl, October 11, with a Premier Screening of All-Girl Ski Movie Pretty Faces, in Whistler, at the Rainbow Theatre, 6:30pm.
1,087 people contributed $113,534 to Lynsey Dyer’s kickstarter campaign to fund the film, nearly doubling her ask and setting a new record for funds raised by an action sports Kickstarter campaign.
Tickets are $10 and are available online at bit.ly/whistlerprettyfaces.
“In Whistler we’re surrounded by inspirations female leaders,” says event organizer Dee Raffo. “After watching the #LikeAGirl ad campaign it struck me that though women have obviously progressed, we’re still not making it to the top, and that perhaps the key to breaking this is through confidence building.”
Three speakers will give 5 minute talks before the ski-film premiere – freeskier and ski-BASE jumper Suz Graham, pro mountain biker and filmmaker Darcy Turenne and Quest University psych prof Megan Bulloch.
The film promises to inspire, too, if Olivia Dwyer’s Mountain magazine review from the Boulder premiere is any indication.
More than 20 female skiers—decked out in sequins and glitter—came onstage to introduce their film. Among them were Elyse Saugstad, whose audacious cliff drops in Pretty Faces just garnered her the Best Female Freeride Segment at Montreal’s International Freeride Film Festival; Leah Evans, a Canadian charger who runs Girls Do Ski camps; Angel Collinson, who got a rowdy cheer for her opening segment in Teton Gravity Research’s 2014 film Almost Ablaze; and Dyer herself. The sold-out crowd welcomed them all with an electric storm of hoots, stomps, and whistles that shook my seat. The raucous cheering continued as Dyer asked moms, dads, Kickstarter fans, and any girl who’d ever taken a risk on skis to stand and be acknowledged. The crescendo peaked with a burst of noise in memory of the late Sarah Burke, a Canadian freeskier who spent years petitioning the X Games to include women—and then became a decorated medalist once they did.
And then, the tape rolled.
This film, in all its hell-raising glory, shows young female skiers that they can do as Sarah Burke said: Dream without fear. The mountains belong to you too. —Olivia Dwyer