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Snowboarder Rice Goes Big on ‘The Art of Flight’


By CATHERINE TSAI Associated Press
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. September 5, 2011 (AP)

Extreme snowboarder Travis Rice isn’t interested in making mere “ski porn” films — the downhill documentaries known for showing trick after breath-taking trick over a soundtrack of thrashing guitars.

For Rice and director Curt Morgan, one-upping traditional snow sports movies with their latest film, “The Art of Flight,” meant using the latest cutting-edge equipment, including a high-definition camera that shoots 1,050 frames a second.

It also meant taking bigger risks — such as going to mountains no one’s ever touched and doing tricks no one’s ever tried. At least three snowboarders were hospitalized while filming “The Art of Flight.”

And it meant telling good stories — like when snowboarders had to dive into icy waters high in the Andes of South America to reach their helicopter before it ran out of fuel to fly them out. ‘”Really scary, we almost died’ — that sort of thing,” Morgan said.

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