The Collective and Anthill Films have made seven full-length mountain bike movies over the last 15 years and Thomas Vanderham’s been in all of them. From the opening scene in The Collective to his moto-sized senders in Seasons, following Sam Hill at home on the North Shore to the release of Return to Earth. A lot of the major moments in Thomas’ riding career have been captured in these films.
We first signed Thomas 19 years ago when he was just a kid in high school and at that time the North Shore freeride scene was beginning to gain momentum. Local photographer, Sterling Lorence, had just gotten his first cover shot of BIKE magazine and shortly after him and Thomas began to work together on their home trails.
Sterling has been the main photographer for all three movie from The Collective, and stayed with the crew as they restructured for four more as Anthill Films. Being present for all seven films has given Sterling and Thomas a unique relationship. They’ve grown their careers in parallel with one another and documented some of the finer moments along the way.
Strength in Numbers
Return to Earth
I think the concept of the film really hit home for me in this segment. Growing up in Edmonton the leaves changing colour meant that snow was around the corner, and riding season would soon be over. Return to Earth is about making the most of your time and I think we certainly did that on our shoot!”
Thomas and Sterling have had an incredible ride together through the release of these films, and Return to Earth marks the latest chapter.The world premiere for Return to Earth is tonight in Vancouver, B.C at the Vogue Theatre
. Come by, meet Thomas, Sterling, and the rest of the Anthill crew. Tickets can be found HERE
The premiere world tour will take place across North America, USA, Europe and other international destinations. If you can’t make the world premiere, checkout premiere tickets in your city HERE