Going to snowboard movie premiere in a real theater is one of those treats that needs to be savored. It’s nice to see snowboarding on a big screen and not in some poorly lit bar on a flat screen or through a crusty projector beaming images onto a white wall. The whole experience is something you have to take in. Seth Hill the narrator, producer, and jack of all trades behind Really Gotta Wanna out did himself by premiering his movie at the historic Mayan Theater in Denver.
I would like to say it was a one hundred percent packed house, but it wasn’t. It was more a whose who of the Colorado shred scene and people associated with the movie. As this was a Red Bull production their promo girls were there forcing the unleaded version of that snowboard industry sustaining elixir on unsuspecting people. Sims, Smith, Rip Zone, and Phunkshun Wear were there showing support of their premier rider. Over all it was a lot less of a production than when That’s It, That’s All premiered in Denver. Which to say the least was nice.
Lets talk about the movie because that’s truthfully what this is about. Is it a Red Bull movie? Yes. Does that mean it will have space ships filming zeppelins filming sea turtles filming snowboards? No, this is not that movie. In fact this isn’t even close to traditional snow porn.
Although there are elements of traditional movies in it, this is a documentary about the lives of the riders inside snowboarding. Whether showing the future generations like Red Gerard and Hayden Tyler or the veteran pros like Kale Stephens in the backcountry it has everyone covered.
The first two sections are called Really Gotta See It and Really Gotta Be Judged. This showcases the competition side of snowboarding or as most know it the side that the mainstream will think snowboarding is. This is about what you would expect with the top competitive riders in the world talking about their trials and tribulations in snowboarding. As well as a look at how snowboarding is perceived to the masses.
The third section is Really Gotta Be Creative. A deeper look at the urban scene of snowboarding and what it takes to not ride pristine parks. For anyone that thinks a two minute urban edit is easy to film, they need to see this segment.
The fourth section is probably one that most people will watch. Really Gotta Feel It dives into snowboarding’s love of riding powder and pursuing the backcountry. Inside it you will see what it’s truthfully like putting your life on the line in unstable snow conditions. For those of us that ride this type of terrain it will hit close to home and for those that don’t it might open their eyes to the perils being faced.
The final section is about the love of snowboarding we all share and called Really Still Gotta Wanna. This ties up the four previous chapters and finalizes the movie.
While the movie theater erupted in applause after this film came to an end only time will only tell if it will truly resonate beyond the none snowboarding crowd. This isn’t going to be a movie you put on in the background at a house party or sit down to watch to get you stoked for the days riding. This is a clear look inside snowboarding from a variety of perspectives. The documentary genre is a hard one, but as I left this film I couldn’t help but think this movie showed certain aspects of snowboarding in a way I wish more standard snowboard films would.