Release Date: 2013/10/01
For the majority of us, Shane McConkey was more than the subject of our film. He was a dear friend wed known the majority of our adult lives. We all joke that Shane had too many best friends to count that was the effect he had on people. It was a shock when he left us at the age of 39. Yet this documentary isnt a tribute to a loved one amongst friends, but rather an attempt to share Shanes truly extraordinary spirit with the world. Ski insiders have always been aware of his incredible mix of mastery and mayhem: if ever there was an embodiment of from the sublime to the ridiculous, it was Shane. He could render you breathless with his skills one minute and leave you laughing the next. But what a lot of skiers may never have seen and what the rest of the world deserves to know, too is what a phenomenal person Shane was, and what he went through to become the luminary he grew into. Of course he was smarter than he ever let on; his unprecedented vision of ski design revolutionized the industry. But beyond that, like all of us, Shane found some pretty daunting obstacles in his life path, and the way he overcame them is a lesson in humanity. Shane figured out how to live life to the fullest on his own terms, in his own amazing way. His passion for life leaves an open invitation for others to do the same. Yet how do you tell the life story of a man away from the camera? For us, it was agonizingly simple: nearly all of Shanes life was documented. From his earliest days, to his big yellow handicam in college, to his budding life as a ski film star, Shane wrote his own movie. The red light was always on. Over a thousand hours of archive material were the building blocks of this film. We also wanted to take a look at what drives someone to take risks for the sake of progression. Its not a topic that can be resolved in ten words or less (or even in a feature-length documentary); so rather than try to explain why Shane took the risks he did, weve attempted to show what we saw along the way to offer, if not answers, at least some understanding. Wed like to thank all the people who so generously contributed to this film, especially Shanes wife Sherry, his mother Glenn, his father Jim, and his many friends and colleagues who agreed to be interviewed, particularly JT Holmes. A shout-out, too, to our partner Red Bull Media House, for the courage to take on this film in the first place. For those of us who knew Shane so well, making this truly personal film was one of our biggest career challenges. But were all grateful that it allowed us to spend a little more time with him and with Saucer Boy, and with all the other facets of Shane McConkey that we knew so well. We hope that in years to come, maybe itll give Shanes beautiful daughter Ayla the chance to spend just a little more time with him, too. Ayla, your dad was every bit as great as you remember, and he loved you. Proceeds from McConkey will go to Shanes family. THIS IS A BLU RAY / DVD COMBO PACK.