Fresh Tracks will be showing at the What If, Why Not? Adventure Film Festival which will be touring Ireland in the coming weeks. We made it into the Top 9 films and Fresh Tracks will be the only mountain bike film to be shown alongside ARRIVAL from the Coastal Crew. If you happen to be in Dublin, Castlebar or Galway, be sure to grab tickets!
We recently found out that Fresh Tracks won best High School Documentary at the Hollywood International Student Film Festival in California and a People’s Choice award at the YoungCuts film festival in Quebec. This makes for a total of 10 awards for the film. The last festival Fresh Tracks is entered in is the Why Not? Adventure Film Festival in Ireland. Hopefully it gets selected to be shown there!
As the mountain bike world watched in anticipation, Steve Smith was crowned the overall World Cup champion of downhill mountain biking today. It’s been a long time coming and all of Canada can be proud to call it’s very own the the best in the world. All of us at Foxwood Films were rooting for Stevie to bring it home and we couldn’t be more stoked on his victory!
Here is a look back at Stevie’s roots:
A couple of us spent the weekend up at Sun Peaks riding the bike park. It’s different from Whistler to say the least; The trails are much steeper, rougher and looser than anything at Whistler. Berms and speed are definitely the positives of Sun Peaks with overall raggedness of the trails and lack of jumps and being the negatives. There are also no lift lines whatsoever and probably 30 people max in the park on a busy day. Our favourite run was Barn Burner to Holy Roller to Arm Pump. All in all, Sun Peaks wasn’t a bad or disappointing experience and is somewhere we wouldn’t mind riding again.
com·pla·cen·cy: self-satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, trouble etc.
Despite the unforeseen events that arose during the past year, this is the word that best describes how we feel about what we have been able to accomplish. The past year has been plagued with hardware failure, injuries, poor weather and time constraints that prevented production from going as planned. Originally, we aimed to shoot a minimum 30 minute long film for mountain bikers everywhere to view. However, as time went on we soon discovered our ambitions would have to change.
Our goal was to show how the bicycle can be interpreted in different ways and to show how a rider’s uniqueness can be expressed through their goals, style and vision. Something many mountain bike films aspire to do is label our sport as a specific thing; Going as big as possible, exploring new locations, riding with friends, and pushing the limits are all themes that come to mind. In our eyes, all of those things encompass what we perceive mountain biking to be, not just one. The purpose behind our efforts was to show how all members of the sport of cycling express their vision of the bicycle.
Nathan Moo riding a rockface/ladder
As we began shooting the film, we discovered that things were much easier conceptualized than executed. An unfortunate crash in Whistler last year caused myself to be inadequate to work a camera, let alone cable cams and equipment, for a long time. Broken bones and sprained joints also affected some of the riders we planned to shoot. Time constraints due to work, school and personal matters lead to only being able to shoot when there was poor weather. Perhaps the most poignant factors that caused our production to come to a halt were computer and hard drive troubles. Un-recoverable hard drives prevented us from editing the footage we had collected and ultimately from finishing the movie.
Jonathan Kang enjoying B.C. loam
Our final thoughts on what is left of this film can be described as complacent. Considering the amount of trouble we’ve had, we are satisfied with what has come out of it. We were also genuinely surprised and humbled to have earned awards for our work; 12 awards at student film festivals in the past year have shown us that the general public appreciates the sport of mountain biking and has inspired us to continue with it. We will continue to make edits and hopefully what we present to you now is collateral for an unfinished project. Please enjoy this segment of our film and look out for more from us in the near future!