RIP Warren Miller

  • bro4bro

    Posts: 2103

    Feb 02, 2018 6:12 PM GMT
    I just learned that Warren Miller passed away on January 24.

    Generations of active and outdoorsy Americans knew him as a maker of ski films. From 1950 to 2004 he directed and served as narrator for a new feature-length film every single year, which would be then taken on the road to play for a one- or two-night special engagement to kick off the winter sports season in ski-friendly towns across the US. In the old days he'd travel with the films and narrate in person; later he discovered sound dubbing but would still narrate live at a couple of engagements close to home. His films were legendary with the ski crowd and highly anticipated year to year; he used groundbreaking camera techniques, traveled to cutting edge destinations around the globe, and employed some of the top skiers in the world. While each film had a unique title (Born to Ski, Vertical Reality, Endless Winter, Freeriders, Cold Fusion), they were universally known as Warren Miller’s 2001 film, etc.

    For years his film company, Warren Miller Entertainment, was located on Pier Avenue in downtown Hermosa Beach, California. The company was eventually sold to Time Inc and production moved elsewhere, but annual films bearing his name are still being produced.

    Here’s a photo of Warren from the 1940s, surfing in Malibu (with one of the crustiest old redwood boards I've ever seen!).

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  • gayv

    Posts: 236

    Feb 02, 2018 8:56 PM GMT
    Rest in peace!