Port Angeles snowboarder Blair Habenicht rides a Lib Tech board at Crystal Mountain in the film “Isle of Snow.”

Port Angeles snowboarder Blair Habenicht rides a Lib Tech board at Crystal Mountain in the film “Isle of Snow.”

‘Isle of Snow’ coming to Studio Bob on Sunday

Snowboarding film incoporates work from locals

PORT ANGELES — “Isle of Snow” will spotlight epic scenes of snowboarding during its Port Angeles debut at Studio Bob at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The film by Absinthe Films will include scenes of Port Angeles snowboarder Blair Habenicht and work by Port Angeles cinematographer and photographer Scott Sullivan, who also narrates.

“It’s the [snowboard] movie of the year, every year,” Habenicht said. “I may be in it, but I’ve only seen my footage, so I’m just as excited to watch it on the big screen as anyone. I hear the movie as a whole is insane.”

Carlsborg-based snowboard manufacturer Lib Tech and GNU have some top-tier athletes in the film with Switzerland’s Nicolas Muller and Canada’s Chris Rasman, Sullivan said.

Tickets are $8 in advance at Strait Slice Pizza Co., 121½ W. First St., and at Studio Bob, 118½ E Front St. They also will be available at the door.

The show is for all ages, so families are welcome.

Snow topples down onto Port Angeles snowboarder Blair Habenicht at Crystal Mountain in the film “Isle of Snow.”

Snow topples down onto Port Angeles snowboarder Blair Habenicht at Crystal Mountain in the film “Isle of Snow.”

“It’s all part of a great winter weekend ahead with our local ice rink [Winter Ice Village] opening [today], Winterfest on Saturday and Absinthe Films premier on Sunday,” said Sullivan, who also owns Strait Slice Pizza.

Absinthe Films, which will bring along some of the professional snowboarders from the film to meet fans, will host a pro gear sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 111 W. Front St., where used equipment can be picked up from the riders themselves.

Sullivan has been working as a cinematographer and photographer with Absinthe Films since its beginning in the late ’90s. He even has provided original music for the films, he said.

Switzerland-based Absinthe Films has been one of the leading snowboard filmmaking companies in the world for almost two decades now, Sullivan said.

It has documented some of the most historical moments in the sport, working with the world’s best snowboarders in such locales as Japan, Europe, Alaska, the United States and Canada, Sullivan added.

“Each fall they tour the globe showing the film to their fans just in time to get everyone stoked for old man winter to cover the mountains in the deep and cold, white and wonderful snow,” he said.

Last year Absinthe Films officials included Port Angeles as a stop on their tour for the first time “and they were so impressed with the enthusiasm from the Port Angeles fans that they are coming back again,” Sullivan said.

“It’s really advanced cutting-edge snowboarding that inspires me to be like them,” said Cannon Cummins, 15, who lives in the area.

For more about Absinthe Films, see www.absinthe-films.com.

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