Building a trail is both an art and a science. The best ones are aesthetic wonders, a stark line of dirt snaking through the most scenic bits of land, a mountain biker's landscape painting brought to life. Unfortunately there's no specific formula for trail building - it takes years to master the alchemy of crafting flow. From your first shaky pedal strokes to the game-changing moves of the sport's top pros, our sport is shaped by shovels and pick axes in endless pursuit of the perfect ride. Builder tells the story of trail building, through the eyes of some of our sport's best riders and most respected builders.
Through a series of carefully crafted segments, Builder will explore the art of trail building and how it impacts the sport of mountain biking and the lives of those who ride. The film will synthesize the experiences of many into a narrative that looks to expose the soul of mountain biking - why do we dig? From the youngest groms daydreaming of dirt glory, to the professional builders and sponsored riders who have the means to create it, Builder will tell the complete story of how built lines come into existence and more importantly, why they matter.
Each segment will highlight an aspect of building, a new location, and a rider (or team of riders), as we follow the growth of the trail builder. The narrative will parallel each riding segment and delve into the mind of today’s freeride trail builder to better understand what fuels the fire of this subculture of creation. Builder cinematically reaffirms No Dig No Ride, as riders continue their quest for building greatness throughout the trials and tribulations they face along the way. Builder will document each build period as they face the realities of terrain, equipment, access and ability versus dreams and plans.
The builds will reflect the riding style of the athletes and their perspective on what makes the ultimate line. Whether it’s a ladder bridge or a 40-foot step down, we’ll see each rider’s vision of what mountain biking looks like to them. The edits will feature inspired riding that is only achieved when a line is designed for a specific rider’s unique style. Each riding segment will showcase not only the talents of the riders, but also the merit of the build.
Filming will take place in various locations throughout British Columbia and the USA. From the near-vertical chutes of Williams Lake and the deep mystic of the North Shore, to the urban sprawl of New Jersey and the stark peaks of Retallack, athletes will build and ride in the most stunning landscapes imaginable.
Starring: Darren Berrecloth, Cam Zink, James Doerfling, Garett Buehler, Aaron Chase, Geoff Gulevich, Chris Kovarik, Brian Lopes, Ryan Berrecloth, Matt Macduff, Mark Matthews, Mike Kinrade, Adam Hauck, Jackson Goldstone, Seth Sherlock, Peter Matthews, and Stephen Matthews.
Scott Secco is a full time filmmaker (and part time trail builder) from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He has interned for Aaron LaRocque and Sherpas Cinema, and thanks them for teaching him everything he knows. He’s stoked on good light, fresh cedar, and carrying heavy camera bags up mountains; his favourite movie is Life Cycles. Builder is his first feature film.
Builder World TourWorld Premiere - Monterey, California, USA - April 17 Calgary, Alberta, Canada - April 23rd Corvallis, Oregon, USA - April 25th Mt. Buller, Australia - April 25th Victoria, BC, Canada - May 6th Sooke, BC, Canada - May 8th MSS Bike Park, Quebec, Canada - May 8th Prince George BC, Canada - May 9th Vancouver BC, Canada - May 15th Kaupanger, Norway - May 15th Kendal, Cumbria, Uk - May 15th Whistler BC, Canada - May 16th Mission BC, Canada - May 16th Squamish BC, Canada - May 17th Boulder, CO, USA - May 18th Quadra Island, BC, Canada - May 22nd Merritt, BC, Canada - May 22nd Coleman, AB, Canada - May 22nd Extreme Zone Cycles, Santiago, Chile - May 22nd Banbridge, Northern Ireland - July 2nd Cordoba, Argentina - May 22nd Moscow, Russia - May 22nd Krakow, Poland - May 22nd Angelfire Bike Park NM, USA - May 24th Campbell River, BC, Canada - May 26th Novato, California, USA - May 29th Valemount, BC, Canada - May 29th Rossland, BC, Canada - May 30th Bristol, England - June 4th Hood River OR, USA - June 4th Bracknell, England - June 8th Revelstoke, BC, Canada - June 11th Bellingham, WA, USA - June 11th Penticton, BC, Canada - June 19th St Louis, MO, USA - June 24th Koblenz, Germany - June 24th Silverstar Mountain Resort - June 27th Glasgow, Scotland - June 27th Stowe, VT, USA - June 27th Juneau, AK, USA - June 30 Innsbruck, Austria - July 7th Canmore, AB, Canada - July 8th Crankworx Les 2 Alpes, France - July 11th Monthey, Switzerland - July 11th Taichung City, Taiwan - July 25th Tucson, AZ, USA - July 29th Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting a screening