Directed by Ambrose Weingart
Images by John Wellborn
The movie script we had for James was to take the viewer through his psyche on how he goes about his business riding big lines and pioneering new big mountain terrain. We started filming with James in the Spring of 2017, and captured what turned out to be some epic riding accompanied by getting a rare glimpse of his mindset on how he tackles fear. The script for his next part in the movie was to set up at Perkins Peak in the heart of British Columbia's Caribou region to ride fresh terrain that promised multiple first descents on big terrain. Two weeks before filming, devastating wild fires started to pop up in the BC interior which progressed into the worst forest fire season in BC's history.
Multiple communities needed to be evacuated including Williams Lake where James calls home. At one point, the crew tried to get into Perkins, which was not impacted by the fires, but road closures made it impossible to access. The fires came to pass, residents of communities were allowed to return to their homes. James was fortunate that he did not lose his home, others were not so lucky. While recalibrating on the game plan to film his next segment, James had the idea of a "Burn segment" after visiting one of his favorite trail riding zones that were decimated by the fires. What he found was unexpected and provided a different way to look at natural disasters. What ensued was an epic landscape and storyline that our team was able to capture. Hope you enjoy!
We're in the middle of another summer. Most forest fires are caused by carelessness. Stay safe out there folks!
Reverence Movie is available in 4K at http://geni.us/Reverence