Never Summer (teaser)
The story of follows the weekend warriors of Never Summer as they battle to rejuvenate their spirits and to seek balance in life through snowboarding.
Producer / Director: James Bang
Writer: Young Min
Director of Photography: James Bang
Editor: James Bang
Art Director: Maribel Levy
Music Director: William Wallace
Sound Operator: Christian Rodrigues
UPM: Sam Harris
Assistant Director: David Vogel
Genre: Sport Documentary
It's 6:30 AM. A cold Saturday morning at a Dunkin Donut off the Route 46 in New Jersey, the members of NeverSummer, NeSum, a snowboarding club, gather to travel to Bellearye ski resort in Catskill, NY. Hot pink, bright yellow, neon green, their colorful snowboarding outfits have been NeverSummer’s fashion statement since it's inception, thirteen years ago and it’s no different today. Forty plus colorful snowboarders are excited to be in each others company and looking forward to a full day of laughs and excitement.
Snowboarding is an individual sport, but not for NeverSummer. It’s a team play. As sun rises to wake up the day, fourteen cars travel in unison through the highways of New York State. They stop at rest areas together, then journey continues until they reach ski resort. They gear up together at the parking lot, music blasting and laugher erupting. Once ready they move as a unit.
They all meet at the summit. This is one of their rituals. Members wait for all others to make their way up to the top and they ride down the longest and the easiest trail together. Over the years they have mastered a way to ride together. Newbies try to link basic turns, others learn new tricks, and experts riders dance on the snow. Regardless of their skills there is a high dose of adrenaline pumping in their veins, resonating in absolute and positive energy – inexplicable rush. They feed from each other as forty or so comrades carve down the mountain as one.
What unite them is not just snowboarding, but who they are. The club provides solid tradition and values. Special bond are made between members and the connection made on the slope continues off the slope. Their occupation, age, sex, social status, political and religious point of views, or any other categorization that defines them in society goes out the window. They are friends sharing a common goals in life.
Every member has obligations and responsibilities, but each of them makes an effort to invest time on oneself. A father of two teenagers, who has a full time job, carves out a Saturday every two weeks to come and ride with the group. A salesman, working six days a week, comes to snowboard on his only day off. An investment banker, working 60 hours a week, doesn’t miss a Saturday. It appears as if they have nothing in common, but they share an important value in life: to a live a little.
This documentary explores and captures how these weekend worriers battle to rejuvenate their spirits and how they seek balance in life through snowboarding.