FIRST DESCENT

Freestyle Lifestyle

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Release Date: December 02, 2005

Starring: Shawn Farmer, Nick Peralta,
Terje Haakonsen, Hannah Teter,
Shaun White, and other
well-known snowboarding
professionals

Genre: Documentary

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 110 minutes

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Director: Kevin Harrison and Kemp Curley

Executive Producer: Dave Burwick, John Galloway,
Jaime Weinstein, Tera Hanks,
Chris Moore, and Larry Tanz

Producer: Kevin Harrison and Kemp Curley

Writer: Kevin Harrison

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Content:

(Pa, FR, LL, V, N, A, DD, M) Light pagan worldview focusing on the thrills and freedom that professional snowboarders feel while riding dangerous slopes, with two shots of a Buddha toy riding in a helicopter window; 14 obscenities (including some "s" words and one "f" word) and four light profanities; some snowboarding spills and falls, but nothing really violent; so sex; upper male nudity a couple times; alcohol use, especially in lodge bar and scenes of wild parties that rebellious snowboarders had in the past, and sport champions squirt champagne; brief smoking in one scene and reference to 1998 snowboarding controversy over one winner's marijuana use; and, discussion of rivalry between skiers and snowboarders plus snowboarders are shown to be rebellious and wild.

Summary:

FIRST DESCENT is a documentary about snowboarding that shows the history of the sport and tracks six well-known professionals, including three legends in the sport, as they journey to Alaska's tallest peaks on a two-week snowboarding trip. There are plenty of incredible shots in this movie, but it runs a little long and it contains some foul language, including one "f" word.

Review:

FIRST DESCENT is a documentary about snowboarding. The filmmakers use a visit to the mountains of Alaska by five top snowboarders as an occasion to discuss the history of the fledgling sport. The five snowboarders include three legends, Shawn Farmer, Nick Peralta and Terje Haakonsen from Norway, and teenagers Hannah Teter and Shaun White, arguably the most popular snowboarder in the world. These five professionals are joined by a sixth professional. Besides tracking the sport's history and showing the snowboarders attacking Alaska's tallest peaks, the movie shows the snowboarders with their families, friends and at competitions.

The filmmakers behind FIRST DESCENT use special cameras, including a helicopter mounted camera, to capture the incredible action of these snowboarders. Two of the most incredible shots are one of the snowboarders escaping an avalanche he started and another snowboarder almost getting trapped on a rock ledge near a death-defying slope. Eventually, 30-year-old Terje Haakonsen shows why he is considered the best in the sport. The movie runs a little long at 110 minutes, however, so some viewers may be a bit bored at times.

Designed for teenagers and adults, FIRST DESCENT contains some foul language, including one "f" word, and alcohol use. The movie doesn't have much of a worldview, but there are two shots of a toy Buddha mascot in the window of one helicopter in Alaska. The movie mostly concentrates on the sport's rebellious history and the thrills and freedom that the snowboarders feel while riding the slopes. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for children under 13.

In Brief:

IN BRIEF:

FIRST DESCENT is a documentary about snowboarding. The filmmakers use a visit to the Alaskan mountains by five top snowboarders as an occasion to discuss the fledgling sport's history. The five snowboarders include three legends, Shawn Farmer, Nick Peralta and Terje Haakonsen from Norway, and teenagers Hannah Teter and Shaun White, arguably the most popular snowboarder in the world. These professionals are joined by a sixth. Besides tracking the sport's history and showing the snowboarders attacking Alaska's tallest peaks, the movie shows the snowboarders with their families, friends and at competitions.

The filmmakers behind FIRST DESCENT use special cameras, including a helicopter mounted camera, to capture the incredible action of these snowboarders. Two of the most incredible shots are one shot of a snowboarder escaping an avalanche and another snowboarder almost getting trapped on a rock ledge. Eventually, 30-year-old Terje Haakonsen shows why he is considered the best in the sport. The movie runs a little long, however, so some viewers may be a bit bored at times. Designed for teenagers and adults, FIRST DESCENT contains some foul language, including one "f" word. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for children under 13