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“Flow State” to shred through the Egyptian Theatre

Photo Courtesy Perter Mathis

Shredding the gnar. Snow bunnies. Fresh pow. Those are just a few of the skiing and snowboarding idioms that may not be a part of the every day vocabulary.

However, an interest that holds a common threshold between the Bogus commuters and the average Boisean is film premieres, especially ones held at the downtown Egyptian Theatre. And this one in particular comes timely for the incoming wintery season.

Warren Miller’s “Flow State” will begin a three-day premiere starting this Thursday at the Egyptian, The film is highly anticipated amongst not only the local ski bums but  the general public who enjoy gravity-defying footage.

Miller, an American ski and snowboarding filmmaker, has been producing these extreme winter outdoor films since 1949, when he founded Warren Miller Entertainment.

A one-time resident of Sun Valley, Miller and a friend spent their winters after their time in the Navy living in a teardrop trailer parked outside the Sun Valley parking lot as ski instructors.

Their free time cultivated a passion for filming daily ski and boarding sessions on the slopes.

With roughly 55 produced films, Miller sold the company to his son Kurt Miller, who then sold it to Time, Inc. The films encompassed Miller’s personable narration as well as stunning photography and high-flying winter athletes.

Since 2004, the company continues to use Miller’s name in its production despite the now-88-year-old not having a hand in direction or production. Even without Miller’s “touch,” the overall quality of the films have not regressed.

“Flow State”, the company’s 63rd film, has a special definition to it: according to their website, the “flow state” is a “place where the faster we go physically, the slower things appear mentally” a state of euphoria.

“The Flow State is a place where the impossible becomes possible—where time slows down and a perfect moment becomes attainable,” Director Max Dervy said.

The film travels from Japan to Alaska to bring its viewers along for a wild ride, watching some of the best in the business, such as Chris Davenport and Daron Rahlves, tear up some of the gnarliest terrain Mother Nature has to offer.

“How bad the season was last year, this movie premiere comes at a perfect time for the Boise skiing and snowboarding community to get pumped about this season and forget about last season,” said senior Max Forkner, who is part of the on-campus promotional team alongside Jayce Sharrai and D.J. Johnston.

Starting this Thursday at 7 p.m. until the last viewing Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the event will include meeting some of the athletes involved, prize giveaways and high-value savings from some of the tour partners.

Tickets for the event are $15, aside from the $13 Saturday matinee price. Ten percent of Thursday sales will head toward the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation while 10 percent of Friday is toward Recreation Unlimited, a foundation for disabled winter sports

Sharrai had a few words for the pitch of the premiere: “This is something too epic you don’t want to miss.”

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John Garretson enters his first year as The Arbiter's Sports Editor. A junior Communication student pursuing a Certificate of Public Relations, Garretson is also Boise State PRSSA's Director of Publicity. Check him out on Twitter at @John_Garretson and stay tuned for this season's Arbiter Sports Talk.