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Film makers showcase anticipated action sports features 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 August, 2014 - The second instalment of SAVAGE CINEMA focuses on real life adventure narratives in outdoor sports. On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter and Valley Uprising explore deep, intricate heritage, while Higher, starring pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones, showcases today's elite high performance stars of snowsports.

The gritty life and career struggles of David Martelleur in Danger Dave see the antihero confront his own self destruction in the urban landscapes of skateboarding, while a lifelong irrational passion for the sport of skiing is the premise for Days of My Youth. Meanwhile, the freedom of living on the fringes of society is explored in The Greasy Hands Preachers, where artist Shinya Kimura creates unique motorcycles that exceed the trappings of commercialism.

SAVAGE CINEMA is committed to bringing the most relevant films of the year to an ever-broader  audience. Featuring the work of some of the leading production companies like Teton Gravity, Sender Films, Matchstick Productions, Red Bull Media House and Freeride Entertainment, frontrunners in the evolution of the cinematography in this genre.

We reconvene with forefathers such as Bruce and Dana Brown, yet also showcase independent directors offering intimate and raw interpretations of powerful stories. The section is proud to promote a collaboration with the respected mountain festival, Bilbao Mendi Film Festival, to present mountaineering´best films. This cooperation showcases in this edition Valley Uprising , the long-awaited story of three generations of climbers obsessed by the walls of Yosemite who revolutionized the sport.

The films include: 

DANGER DAVE
PHILIPPE PETIT (FRANCE)
SPANISH PREMIERE
The trials and tribulations of a professional skateboarder who is on his last legs yet has no desire to end his career. For five years a filmmaker explores the fall of a man who is unable to maintain a professional career as his life becomes a downward spiral of parties and debauchery. Their relationship develops over time, and a character emerges against all odds. Danger Dave or The uncompromising adventures of a passion lived outside the norm.

DAYS OF MY YOUTH
STEVE WINTER, MURRAY WAIS, SCOTT GAFFNEY (USA)
EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Red Bull Media House, in association with MSP Films, presents Days Of My Youth, a new action-packed film that examines every skier’s lifelong affinity for the sport. Filmed over two years using state of the art techniques and technologies, this movie offers a unique glimpse into the journey of self-discovery that every skier experiences. MSP, along with an intimate cast of skiing’s modern day superstars, have looked through the lens in a new way to capture moments that redefine what is possible on skis.

THE GREASY HANDS PREACHERS
ARTHUR DE KERSAUSON, CLÉMENT BEAUVAIS (FRANCE)
WORLD PREMIERE
This documentary film explores the revival of manual work through the passion of motorcycle enthusiasts who have found their way to a happy life. Shot in 16mm in California, Utah, Indonesia, Spain, Scotland and France, we have spent time with mechanics and custom shop founders trying to understand the difference between manual work and intellectual work. The unique satisfaction that result from doing something tangible, the sense of time, the relation between the form and the function, the joy of riding in a beautiful landscape and the community and friendship that motorcycle creates. Featuring: El Solitario, Shinya Kimura, Blitz, Deus ex Machina and Roland Sands, they have all tried to make their own path to a happy life regardless of the social pressure to be a white collar or the general devaluation of manual work since the 60s' through there experience.

HIGHER
STEVE JONES, TODD JONES, JEREMY JONES (USA)
EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Jeremy Jones, ten-time Big Mountain Rider of the Year winner and 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, leaves tracks on signature lines in the close-to-home playgrounds he’s made his own around Jackson Hole and Lake Tahoe in this final installment of the acclaimed Deeper, Further, Higher trilogy. He also makes history with far-flung first descents in the Eastern Alaska Range and the Himalayas of Nepal, where the stakes are as high as the peaks themselves.

ON ANY SUNDAY - THE NEXT CHAPTER
DANA BROWN (USA)
EUROPEAN PREMIERE
When On Any Sunday premiered in 1971, it wasn’t just any movie. Directed by Bruce Brown – who also helmed surfing classic The Endless Summer – this insider look at motorcycle racing reached a wide audience that was fascinated by the heartfelt stories of real-life riders, earning an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Four decades later, On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter shows that the passion for riding motorcycles is as strong as ever. Bruce’s son, acclaimed filmmaker Dana Brown, directs this modern take on the original, capturing what it means to ride in the United States and globally, produced by Red Bull Media House in association with Freeride Entertainment. The action and emotion are breathtaking: phenomenal athletes, revolutionary innovators, Hollywood stars and even visionaries who use moto to save lives. On Any Sunday - The Next Chapterjourneys deeper into the humanity and excitement of motorcycle culture

VALLEY UPRISING
NICK ROSEN, PETER MORTIMER (USA)
SPANISH PREMIERE
The greatest untold story of American counterculture is that of the Yosemite Valley rock climbers. For 50 years, Yosemite’s cliffs have drawn explorers and madmen to leave materialism behind and venture onto the high, lonesome granite. The characters of Yosemite carved out an “extreme bohemian” lifestyle, living as beatnik vagabonds, clashing with National Park authorities and pioneering the boldest climbs on Earth. The torch has been passed across generations of climbers; through rivalries, tragedies and triumphs, the art of climbing has exceeded imagination. This is the riveting tale of this bold tradition: half a century’s struggle against the laws of gravity -and the laws of the land.

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