What: “The Movement”
When: Film at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, doors at 6:30
Where: Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St.
More info: bouldertheater.com
The ski film showing Wednesday night at the Boulder Theater is part of the Warren Miller legacy, but the “oohs” and “aahs” might not be what you’d expect.
The big air in this new film, “The Movement,” is caught by a guy on a mono ski. The skier shown screaming down the mountain at terrifying speeds? He’s visually impaired.
Kurt Miller — Warren’s son — produced this ski flick to tell the amazing stories of disabled skiers who appeared in segments of Warren Miller films in the past but never had their own film. The film also raises awareness about the nonprofit makeahero.org, which partners with adaptive sports groups around the country to help disabled athletes get on the slopes.
Three of the athletes featured in “The Movement” have appeared in Warren Miller movies in the past — one, Traci Taylor, appeared in a Miller flick at age 8. A clip in the new film features a young Taylor saying, “Handicapped people are just the same and can do everything regular people can do.”
Mike May, another previous Miller-film athlete, set the blind speed-skiing record at 65 miles per hour.
“Throughout all of the movies I’ve produced, and prior to that the movies my father produced, we’d always featured someone with a disability,” Miller said.
But this film also features some new athletes. Jim Martinson — that guy hucking big on a monoski — is one of them. He’s never been in a Miller flick before.
“Jim came back as a double amputee from Vietnam, and at that time, there was no such thing as sit skis,” Miller said.
Miller said it’s rewarding to be able to dedicate his resources to an endeavor like this.
“I look at it as a circle of life,” Miller said. “I’m able to give back to people. I don’t have hundreds of millions of dollars, but I’m able to create excitement about something.”
The excitement is there. Warren Miller and Robert Redford narrate “The Movement,” and late Tuesday afternoon, Miller announced that “The Movement” qualified for the Sundance Film Festival.
“Sundance is a great opportunity to get into other film festivals,” he said.