Movie of the Year
The most coveted Powder Award goes to the two-year film project All.I.Can. from Whistler-based Sherpas Cinema. Former winners of Best Documentary (The Fine Line), the Sherpas carried a compelling storyline throughout the film, featuring original time-lapse footage, powerful skiing, unique cinematographic shots, and several subliminal environmental messages.
Known for their admitted unhealthy time-lapse obsession, co-directors Dave Mossop and Eric Crossland produced countless time-lapse sequences from fall to winter and winter to spring that not only capture the change of seasons, but also the transformation of our winter environments. The pacing and progression of the intro, featuring slow-mo shots of molten lava, clouds, and other scenics, was analogous to listening to a Zeppelin song, the excitement and suspense building with each frame. It's been well documented that the Sherpas, like most film companies today, used several different camera kits, including the RED cam, Super 16, Cineflex HD giro stabilized heli cam, Canon 7D and 5D, Phantom HD Gold slow-mo cam, and GoPro helmet cams.
Skiers Kye Petersen and J.P. Auclair have standout segments. In turn, Petersen won Full Throttle and Best Natural Air for his hard-charging prowess down steep faces while Auclair won Best POV for one of the greatest segments in ski-film history, with his urban skiing, airing, and jibbing in the tiny, hilly town of Trail, British Columbia.
Trips to Morocco, Chile, Greenland, Alaska, and, of course, British Columbia worked seamlessly with the Sherpas creative cinematic style, allowing for a cultural and environmental story to be documented. Ultimately, the benefits of a two-year project are obvious, as the storyline exists throughout the film, while the filming and editing are that much stronger.