Video: Official Trailer for Long Live Chainsaw - The Life and Legacy of Stevie Smith

Oct 27, 2021 at 9:17
by Anthill Films  

Coming Winter 2021, documentary film Long Live Chainsaw from Red Bull Media House and Anthill Films, reveals the true story of the meteoric rise, untimely death and long-lasting legacy of Canadian downhill mountain bike legend, Stevie Smith.

From humble beginnings being raised by a devoted single mom, Stevie's unwavering belief not only propelled him to become the best in the world but inspired everyone he touched to believe in their own impossible dreams.

A look behind the curtain of downhill World Cup racing, Long Live Chainsaw portrays an underdog overcoming the odds to win the 2013 Overall title. Known as the "F1 of cycling", downhill had long been dominated by Europeans before 'The Canadian Chainsaw' became the unlikeliest of heroes.

photo Sven Martin

Long Live Chainsaw is produced in partnership with the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation. In 2017, the foundation built a community bike park in Stevie’s hometown of Nanaimo to honour his life and legacy by keeping kids stoked on being outside and riding bikes. All proceeds from the film will be donated to the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation to help grow Stevie’s legacy of inspiring the next generation of riders.

bigquotesI was beyond excited when Darcy from Anthill contacted me about the idea to make a film about Steve’s life story. I was at a loss for words... for me, this is the greatest tribute possible! I think that the telling of Steve's story will be inspiring to a lot of the young riders out there. It will show them that you just never know... if a kid from Cassidy can do it, anything is possible!Tianna Smith

Sven Martin Photo. 2015 25th UCI DH World Cup at Mt Sainte-Anne Quebec Canada.

Red Bull Media House and Anthill Films present Long Live Chainsaw in support of The Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation, written, directed and edited by Anthill Films with support from adidas Five Ten, SRAM, Rockshox, Fox Racing, Cycles Devinci, Crankbrothers, Schwalbe, Shimano, Maxxis and Evil Bikes.

Buy tickets for Long Live Chainsaw key tour dates:
Nov 5: World Premiere at The Port Theatre, Nanaimo
Nov 13: Vancouver Premiere at The Centennial Theatre
Nov 20: Whistler Premiere at The Maury Young Arts Centre

See all premiere tour dates and locations here.

Interested in hosting a premiere for Long Live Chainsaw in your city or town this winter? There’s still time! Follow this link to apply for a premiere event.

Sven Martin Photo. 2013 25th UCI DH World Cup at Mt Sainte-Anne Quebec Canada.

Sven Martin Photo. 2014 DH World Cup at Fort William Scotland.
Photos courtesy Sven Martin

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 Damn pinkbike. Making a grown man tear up in the office on a Wednesday. Sooo excited for this. #longlivechainsaw
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 Been choppin' onions in a dust storm over here.
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 Didn't expect to cry at Anthill Film's annual MTB release trailer. And yet here we are.

Legitimately super excited. I essentially knew nothing about Stevie when he passed, and was a little put off that Anthill was doing this instead of their normal deal. But after the trailer, I'm 100% on board and I'll clear my schedule for Day 1 of its release.
  • 5 0
 Couldn't have said it better myself!
  • 4 0
 cannot wait, fitting tribute for a rider a lot of us have looked up to for so long.
  • 8 0
 Same. That clip of Tianna...
  • 5 2
 @mammal: Yeah, that clip of Tianna really got me. Lost my dad not long before Stevie passed so I know exactly what that feels like.
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 I immediately bought tickets to the premiere in Whistler and booked the day off work for recovery. any Canadian who doesn't know who this legend is. Buy a ticket and educate yourself. Emotions drown me and I'm not even Canadian.
  • 75 0
 Someone just dragged a chainsaw through an onion patch over here.
  • 4 0
 Well played, Stevie woulda liked that one...
  • 25 0
 I’m not crying, you’re crying!
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 Are they selling prints of the film poster?
  • 16 0
 Would definitely purchase if the cash went to charity.
  • 3 0
 Need this for the garage.
  • 44 0
 We are making posters and exploring ways we can share them with Stevie's fans. We will have them at Nanaimo and Vancouver shows.
  • 1 0
 @anthill: Wont be able to take in the premiere at Nanaimo so that would be extremely appreciated!
  • 3 0
 @anthill: Just noticed the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation website isn't working.
Would be good to purchase Stevie merch from there too.
  • 2 0
 @anthill: how do we make this happen in Kamloops?
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 @Waldon83: yeah, bring back the shorts to world cups!
  • 1 0
 Catkin killed it on those!
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 @fatduke: All proceeds from the film will be donated to the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation to help grow Stevie’s legacy of inspiring the next generation of riders.
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 @fabwizard: I know dude.
  • 12 0
 will they be handing out tissues at the movie premiers? asking for a friend.
  • 9 0
 Went to the Stevie Smiths' bikepark in Nanaimo before I left Vancouver Island after a year living there. It was so bittersweet, I was/am such a big fan of him. Dropped a tear and yet It felt so good watching all the kids having fun there. Such a legacy to the sport. Thank you for everything Steve. You made a difference.
  • 7 0
 I don't why , but Stevie had a persona that touched people in a way that I cant explain , listening to his mum on the tippie podcast last week moved me so much , this will be an amazing film and tribute to a true legend
  • 6 0
 I guess personally as someone who watched Collective Seasons even Follow Me and watched as Stevie over the years get better and better it was heartbreaking to hear him pass and I definitely remember that day and cried finding out when it happened. Was also kinda the first time anyone at the top of our sport especially considering how small downhill racing was at that time had died. Dude was a legend, always bought a chainsaw to a gunfight. Even before he past I would always go back and watch that run in Leogang in 2013. The feeling I always got from Strevie was work hard, take advantage of opportunity and never give up and you can live your dreams.
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 @Bomadics: this story isn't told enough. When Gabe Fox called me the day he found out and told me I fell on the floor in tears. I used to build his pedals at Crankbrothers and worked with him at every WC to find that speed.
I cry a little every day knowing he is gone but also knowing he will always ride with me makes me want to go shred.

  • 3 0
 My Devinci Spartan 2015 was designed with Steve Smith contributions. I love this bike. It was also Damien Oton's favourite bike, he mentioned Steve Smith in his retiring interview
  • 5 0
 An uppercut right straight into the feels.....
  • 3 0
 Was excited when I heard about this from Tianna at the bike park, I did not doubt for a second that Anthill did this proper. #longlivechainsaw
  • 2 0
 He was a great athlete and a solid human being. So glad I had a chance to meet him. I would love to see what he would have accomplished in these years past. #longlivechainsaw!!!
  • 2 0
 To me, he is a genuine person. Met hin 2x at val di sole in Italy, we took some photos and invited me to their tent and chat some more. Sad that he had to leave us too soon. Rest in paradise Steve.
  • 3 0
 This one still makes me sad. But I really look forward to watching the film.
  • 4 0
 A tear is falling..... LONGLIVECHAINSAW
  • 4 0
 Real Dude Real Passion...Stevies story feels like a dream of inspiration.
  • 3 0
 My son - who is now 12 - and I both cried the day Stevie died. Cannot wait to see this film...
  • 4 0
 He's the only rider I woke up at 2am to watch his race runs live
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 I will pay as much as I can to see this. Really looking forward to it.
  • 1 0
 That black, yellow, red bike & riding kit is one of my all time favourite combinations. Stevie is still my all time favourite racer.

  • 2 1
 Can't wait! Such an inspiration.
  • 1 0
 Bummed to have lost such a spirited rider but 'untimely deaths' are terrestrial.
  • 2 0
 Stoked and a bit apprehensive of feeling those feels again...
  • 1 0
 His raw carbon/orange/red Wilson is one of the nicest looking bikes ever. Period.
  • 1 0
 Bring on the show! Me, my wife, my boys, the dogs, the fish are really excited. Longlivechainsaw!
  • 1 0
 Ride In Paradise. Long live chainsaw!
  • 1 0
 f*ck yeah! #longlivechainsaw
  • 1 0
 Just got my tickets to the Whistler premiere
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 The picture looking like he has a halo over his head is so awesome.
  • 1 0
 Really hoping some organization or bike shop in Boise gets a premier going
  • 2 0
 Long live CHAINSAW!
  • 2 0
 "Doc Holliday"
  • 1 0
 The man would have been an absolute monster on a 29r.
  • 2 0
 That smile tho!!
  • 2 1
 Please, please, please get this onto DVD/Blue-Ray, please!!!
  • 1 0
 Ride In Peace Stevie!!! Will always be my favourite rider
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 Remind me how he died? Don't remember...This film ought to get so sick though! So excited!
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flag Bomadics (Oct 27, 2021 at 10:23) (Below Threshold)
 Your mountain bike privilege's have now been revoked, permanently.
  • 21 2
 @Bomadics: Hey! I'm sorry, I'm only 14...
  • 6 0
 @noakeabean: moto crash
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 @meathooker: Ok, thats what i thought i heard. Thanks!
  • 3 0
 @noakeabean: He actually died helping a fellow mountain biker, the direct cause was a moto crash.
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 @Bomadics: Dang...This film should be awesome
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  • 1 0
 and may he ride forever
  • 1 0
 Damn, all the feels
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 Stevie's mum is the best
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 looking forward to this!
  • 1 1
 Stevie on his Devinci Wilson is the reason I'm riding today
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