Anthill Films Announce Documentary on Life and Legacy of Stevie Smith

Sep 22, 2021
by Anthill Films  

Press Release: Anthill Films

Coming Winter 2021, Long Live Chainsaw reveals the incredible true story of the meteoric rise, untimely death and long-lasting legacy of Canadian downhill mountain bike legend, Stevie Smith.

On September 22, 2013, Stevie realized a seemingly impossible dream and took the UCI Downhill World Cup Overall title in Leogang, Austria. Today, 8 years since that historic day, Anthill Films is excited to announce a new feature-length documentary film in partnership with the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation and Red Bull Media House that follows Stevie’s contribution to the sport after his passing in 2016.

All proceeds of the film will go to the Foundation to continue Stevie's legacy of inspiring the next generation of Canadian riders. The World Premiere will screen November 5 in Stevie's hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Official Trailer dropping this October. Stay Tuned!

photo Sven Martin

bigquotesWhen Stevie was suddenly taken from us in 2016, as filmmakers, we were immediately drawn to the idea of honouring Stevie’s life and legacy on screen. This film has been a huge collaboration from those who knew him best—family, friends and fellow riders—to every filmmaker and photographer that ever worked with him.Darcy Wittenburg, Director

photo Sven Martin

photo Sven Martin

Red Bull Media House and Anthill Films present Long Live Chainsaw in support of The Steve Smith Legacy Foundation, written, directed and edited by Anthill Films with support from Adidas/Five Ten, Sram, Fox Racing, Devinci, Crank Brothers, Schwalbe, Shimano, Maxxis and Evil Bikes.

Interested in hosting a premiere for Long Live Chainsaw in your city or town this Winter? Follow THIS LINK to apply for a premiere event.

#longlivechainsaw
All photos courtesy Sven Martin Photo.


91 Comments

  • 151 0
 Long Live Chainsaw!
  • 33 0
 Paralyzed just under 3 years ago in a freak mtb impact at 32 years old.
Use a wheelchair everyday. Ride an adaptive trike. Have ridden mtn bikes for over 25 years.
My main motivation in not only getting out of bed everyday but getting back on the dirt are people like Stevie and McGazza...

Had the privilege to meet Kelly, never met Stevie but I know those 2 would do anything to ride again and wouldn't let any circumstance get in their way. So I shred for those that can't!

#longlivechainsaw
#McGazzaforever
#ridelikeadanimal
  • 3 0
 This is what inspire us to make these films! Thanks for sharing!
  • 3 0
 ❤️❤️❤️
  • 29 0
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANPeEashVUg makes me tear up every time still...
  • 17 0
 totally. i remember the one time i met him, i was full on fan girling, i went around telling the whole office like, "THAT'S stevie smith" "he's the BEST biker in the world" they all knew already (he knew the family/friends of the business) and he was the most humble guy. he was stoked i was stoked on bikes and it was just so nice. always made time for his fans. a true hero, a real "great canadian kid'
  • 8 0
 I can't listen to this song without thinking of this tribute video.
  • 2 1
 same here , when I'm feeling a bit pished I always watch this . He was a special rider . Who knows what he would have acheived. #longlivechainsaw
  • 1 0
 Man... every time I hear that Cold War kids song I think of Stevie! 2013 win at leogang win was 8 years ago man time flies. Rest In Peace Stevie
  • 6 1
 @FilipStarcevic: 2016 was such a huge year for me, I had just got my first career job after so many years of college/uni, when I heard about Stevie's accident. I was on my way over from Victoria to start my job in Vancouver, and stopped in Duncan for a solo pedal up Prevost and a "memorial ride" down the old track shown in Seasons. It was a tough climb but an even tougher reflection at the top.
  • 23 0
 I was so happy when I heard his mom mention this on the Tippie podcast. Apparently once the film is done they are giving Tianie all the footage they have compiled for her to have. Really looking forward to this, hopefully more people learn who he is and the incredible legacy he left. LONGLIVECHAINSAW
  • 37 0
 It has been such an amazing community effort from everyone who has helped with the film. There is a massive archive of footage and photos that will be a legacy for the Foundation for years to come. And all the profits from the film will be donated to Foundation so they can continue and grow their great work.
  • 1 0
 @anthill: amazing. Nice work to all involved!
  • 10 0
 Before you guys downvote me, let me tell you that I really miss Stevie as well. Not just the races with him were great, but also the movie segments were great. Including one with Gee Atherton. But (this is the part where you downvote me) I was supporting Gee at the time. After that championship, I am under the impression that Gee kind of decreased his racing performance severely. Never was the same again. Anyway, Long Live Chainsaw.
  • 8 1
 Gee and Stevie - great vid. www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG8wdShuwds
  • 2 0
 @neimbc: Cheers for the flash back - Coronet DH track really is that good! And I’m not just saying that.
Loved watching that again.
  • 10 0
 Anybody else have the hairs on their arms standup, get goose bumps and shed a tear or all at the same time?

I am going to be a mess when the trailer drops and who the hell knows how my emotions are going to be when the doc drops.

Thank you @anthill! Continue to be the best in the business, by far.
  • 2 0
 Ya I have a feeling it’s going to be one of those more emotional docs. Some similarity to McConkey.

Looking forward to seeing it this winter.
  • 13 0
 oh this will be a crier for sure.
  • 6 0
 It's an emotional rollercoaster ride - that's for sure!
  • 1 0
 100% true Canadian beauty....it just aint fair
  • 11 0
 Legend
  • 8 0
 he's the only racer I woke up for at 2am to watch his runs live
  • 6 0
 We need a big screen premier here on the mainland in Vancouver!!!! Please make this happen!
  • 4 0
 Working on it!
  • 1 0
 @anthill: Shit, I will do it at my house! I don't even care!
  • 5 0
 was having a somewhat bad day until now. A great reminder of his upbeat and relentless attitude. cant wait
  • 3 0
 Oh my god the feels. I will always remember that MSA win and the roar of the crowd when Stevie passed the finish line and the green appeared, i still feel it in my bones when i think about it. I can't wait to see this.
  • 4 0
 The ending with Stevie and his mom on those early day shuttle runs. Right in the feels.
  • 1 0
 #LONGLIVECHAINSAW

It would be pretty cool to show this premier at the Cowichan Performing Arts Center in Duncan BC. With Mt. Prevost watching in the background. I ran into Stevie on Mt Prevost one time. We didn't say much other than a quick but cheerful "how's your ride" or something to that effect, but ill never forget that, just goes to show what a lasting impression that man could leave on somebody. Legend.
  • 5 0
 deserved!!!!!
  • 4 1
 the Schumacher doc came close to making me cry.... not sure if ill make it through this one
  • 4 0
 His son talking about how they could have a deeper relationship now and his breakdown on podium both just about got me.
  • 3 0
 One of the best. Can't wait to see this as a Brit I was cheering for Stevie over Gee. I even own an Atherton V3!
  • 1 0
 LONG LIVE CHAINSAW. He still is my favourite rider of all time. Not just his riding but his presence were just so amazing to witness. I am happy that I could see it with my own eyes!
  • 3 0
 Still cant believe it....
  • 3 0
 To be taken so early is so sad. We miss you Stevie.
  • 3 0
 Something tells me this is gonna hit right in the feels
  • 2 0
 I always wanted to meet Stevie but didn't get to. Just seemed like the nicest dude.
  • 2 0
 #Longlivechainsaw!!!
I am so glad I got to sit and chat Stevie. Totally a humble young man on a mission. R.I.P.
  • 2 0
 That pic of Stevie with Peaty and Rat Classic Shit...old school stokage vibe!
  • 1 0
 Such an awesome shot! They were so stoked for him they were spraying him with beer during his post race interview. Classic!
  • 1 0
 Cant wait, he came up at a time when I followed DH racing much more closely and the rivalry with Gee made for great racing. Stevie did what he set out to do, absolute legend.
  • 1 0
 As soon as it is on dvd, its on the top of Santa’s list! Will travel to see on the big screen as well! Thank you Anthill for mapping the legacy of a great!
  • 2 0
 Oh, what a guy, what a lovely guy! This is good news.
  • 2 0
 Cant wait to settle in with a few quiet beers and watch this.
  • 2 0
 The whole family looking forward to this! LONGLIVECHAINSAW!!!
  • 2 0
 Can't wait. Long live chainsaw
  • 2 0
 It’s gonnnnnna be gooooood!
  • 1 0
 Shutting the kids yesterday afternoon and while driving Orca by WinterSleep came on and instantly thought about Stevie.
  • 1 0
 The world and this sport were all much belter off with Stevie in them...long line the Chainsaw!
  • 1 0
 Goosebumps and tears and that is just the trailer!
  • 7 0
 Teaser actually Wink Full trailer coming in October!
  • 1 0
 @anthill: vancouver big screen release??
  • 1 0
 ..................goosebumps for this Canuck
  • 1 0
 I can't wait!! What a legend, hero and icon of mountain biking.
  • 1 0
 The trailer gave me goosebumps.
  • 1 0
 cant¨wait for this so fast and so sick
  • 1 0
 Siiick!
  • 1 0
 STOKED!!!
  • 1 0
 Count me in!
  • 1 0
 Fuck yes.
  • 1 0
 Cant wait!
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