Eagle Entertainment, along with Epic Adventures, sponsored a showing of the best clips put forth by the “Sawtooth Film Festival” last Wednesday in Showalter Auditorium. It showed amazing footage of all kinds of “extreme” sports, from kite surfing to snow unicycling. The Sawtooth Film Festival, historically, is a three-day event that takes place in Sun Valley Idaho although the venue will change in the fall of 2003 when it moves to Bend, Oregon.
The festival is a gathering of amateur film makers who either follow the pros or film their buddies with the hope of winning the festival and gaining new clients to shoot. All in all, the pure adrenaline feeling is shown through outstanding camera angles, and mind-boggling stunts.
The festival gives amateurs an opportunity to get their footage on Bluetorch or Fox Sports, 54321 on ESPN, or other such programs. The showing last week contained the best clips from the festival. Featured in this set were extreme kayakers, kayak surfers, an all-female squad of crazy mountain bikers, snowboarders, skateboarders, wind surfers and–of course–the base jumpers.
The base-jumping was the best. These guys jumped off of a 4,600-foot cliff in the Artic Circle off Baffin Island. They could literally fly; it was amazing to see what these athletes really have to endure to get their “kicks.” If you ever get a chance to see something like this, don’t pass it up–it was outstanding, as well as a real eye opener.