Four years after “Deeper” made its historic debut, the final saga in snowboarder Jeremy Jones’ epic trilogy is almost here. Brought to us by big-mountain extraordinaire Teton Gravity Research, “Higher” is Jones’ biggest movie project to date, taking on the mighty ranges of the Tetons, the Sierra Nevadas, Alaska, and the Himalayas in one unforgettable adventure.
“I have set up my life around finding and riding the planet’s best mountains for snowboarding, and ‘Higher’ represents the pinnacle achievements in my life as a snowboarder,” says the 38-year-old who began his career racing down 200-foot New England hills. “As much as I appreciate all the accolades I have received in snowboarding, these lines mean the most to me. They are my lifetime achievement awards.”
Jones found the perfect film crew for his project in TGR, a group that dedicates itself to putting out some of the most extreme big-mountain footage in the snow sports industry. For the “Higher” project, TGR employed a state-of-the-art camera system, the GSS C520, to give viewers an even more visceral experience.
“We were able to capture aerials of Jeremy and Luca (Pandolfi) with the GSS C520 system, which is the most advanced digital 4K aerial cinema system in the world,” adds Todd Jones, TGR cofounder. “It was so magical to film Jeremy and Luca climbing and riding in the Himalayas. At one point we were at 23,000 feet capturing the entire range. This is the most unique footage we have filmed to date.”
This will the third Jones-centric production produced by TGR. The other two, “Deeper” and “Further,” were both critically acclaimed, with “Deeper” winning Best of Festival at the Backcountry Film Festival and an ESPN Editor’s Pick Award. “Higher” won’t debut until the fall of 2014, but if the first two installments of the documentary series allude to anything, the final film will be worth the wait.
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