After seeing Peep Show Presents last year I knew that it was in the cards to eventually snag an interview with June and Esthera. The movie at the time wasn’t like any other female snowboard movie I’d witnessed. It was raw, gritty, and to me reminded me of what snowboarding truly is. At SIA this year the ball was put in to motion to set up this interview, then a trip to Bear happened at the same time that Ms. Superpark was going down and it seemed things were falling into place. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case but the interview idea was still sitting there waiting to come to fruition. Finally after our respective schedules allowed and some emails we were able to hash it out. Here in their words is an interview from two modern mavens of snowboard movie making.
What’s the newest and biggest thing about this years movie people should be stoked on?
June Bhongjan: This year we’ve been concentrating on traveling more and bring our crew together on more trips versus filming individually.
Esthera Preda: We have more content to work with so the riding quality-wise should be better than last year. New riders too. It’s going to be less of a ”patchwork”, by that I mean, riders with full parts.
Anything super crazy go down this year while filming and traveling?
EP: Ummm…the craziest thing that comes to my mind is that sketchy haunted hospital we went to in Alaska. It was a second world war abandoned building. A tag on a wall was saying…”the dead lives in there”. Yes, it’s true.
JB: An Australian director contacted Jess Kimura and Peep show to do a mini documentary on Jess and our crew. It was nice to see another project being done about us.
So this is your second movie as Peep Show and Esthera’s fourth all together, what have you two learned and progressed with coming this far in making movies?
JB: We’ve learned to be more organized and that planning ahead will make things a bit easier. This year Esthera and I have learned to be more open minded. We’re always listening to ideas from our friends and riders.
EP: I’ve learned that making movies demands a lot of passion, dedication and time. You have to fully commit or you’ll always be half disappointed. Since the past 2 years, I’ve been learning more of how the industry works too. I think June and I are lucky to get both views. I mean, one from the inside as we are snowboarders ourselves, and one from the outside with making movies. Also, being able to witness the girl’s progression is definitely amazing.
What kind of opportunities are you seeing now for you and your riders since your name has gotten out there?
JB: I still see our video as a homie video, but more people know about it. We’re going to try to stick to our same style and the same riders the only difference is sponsors are starting to take notice and want to be more involved and are supportive.
EP: I see the chance for some unknown riders to get the recognition they deserve. As for myself, I mainly see the opportunity to keep on snowboarding for a long time which is awesome.
How much more advantageous was it having your movie premiering online in two parts and being free than going for the standard producing a DVD and trying to sell it?
EP: It was more of the lazy way out. Haha! No, but seriously everything went so fast back then. We didn’t even know if people would like the movie or not, or if we would go for another one. Last year was more of a test run for us. Making DVDs is expensive and if you want to get distributed you need to do it in advance. So I think giving the movie for free online last year was kind of the best thing we could do under the circumstances.
JB: Through the web, we got more views and more hype, but having a hard copy DVD sold in stores somewhat legitimizes it and makes it more timeless. Web videos are often forgotten because there are so many new videos being made. Hard copies are tangible and will always be sitting around your DVD player.
Last year it was you guys and Stance which anyone that actually watched it knows that Stance was 40 minutes of their life they’ll never get back, while you guys pretty much encapsulated what snowboarding should be about. How’s it feel knowing that your movie got more views off Vimeo and had a better acceptance from the snowboard community?
JB: Its nice to know that we could make something almost from no budget that is more accepted in the industry in comparison to how much money was invested into Stance and how many “super-pro”riders were involved with Stance. But it’s really not fair to compare the two videos because they are completely different types of videos on its own.
EP: Haha that’s funny. I didn’t know we got more views off Vimeo? That’s rad. But I’m not sure if we can surely say that we got a better acceptance from the snowboard community. It takes all sorts to make a world and not all snowboarders are into urban snowboarding. I’m actually pretty sure that a lot of people preferred Stance to Peepshow for their backcountry. Maybe it’s just the new concept that got the people hyped on Peepshow.
Your crew has taken some hard slams what’s the list of injuries look like for this year and who would you say has been the most resilient with breaking themselves off?
JB: Hands down Jess Kimura. Jess isn’t scared to try something. She has been logging bangers all year, but of course she’s also taking the hardest bails. I think when you’re taking bails is when you know you’re pushing your limits, trying new things and learning form them.
EP: Jess Kimura is definitely the most resilient of all. We’ve seen her riding with broken arms, popped out ribs.. The girl has a very strong mind.
You guys hand selected your crew but is there anyone you feel you’d like to work with in the future?
JB: There are a few new riders we’ve met towards the end of this season and would definitely like to work with… Darrah Reid-Mclean, Paige Rainer, and Nicki Slechta. We also have a few in mind that we’ve known, but haven’t gotten the chance to work with like Izzy Lalive and Raewyn Reid.
EP: I’m sure they are tons of really good girls out there that we haven’t meet yet. Life will put them on our paths if it needs too.
That’ll leave a mark!
Do you think your movie has opened the door for other girls to put together films with their friends and show the riding that they do?
EP: I hope so! I’d be so happy to see that happening.
JB: I hope so.
If you could leave one mark on the snowboard world with what you’re doing what would you want that to be?
JB: It think we’ve already made our mark.. might not be a huge mark, but it’s there…Peepshow might not be the gnarliest shit, but people are intrigued because of the of approach we’ve taken to girl’s snowboarding and how we’ve put the video together.
EP: I guess I’d like people to know that some girls are really killing it out there. I’d be glad to inspire more girls to actually gather in crews and start filming.