Partly Cloudy Official Trailer from Level 1 on Vimeo.
For the second year in a row, I’m attempting to write a recap of a Level 1 movie I barely remember watching. Last year I pre-gamed a little too much on the way to the premiere and forgot a lot of the movie.
An excerpt from last year’s recap:
We found our way to the rooftop afterparty somewhere in downtown SLC. Then off to the Jackalope for a few drinks. Then we were asked to leave.
This year I made plan for the night and a sincere effort to delay serious cocktail consumption until the after-party. It worked… and it didn’t.
The Depot did a much better job handling the crowd at this year’s Level 1 premiere. Last year I remember waiting in line at will call, followed by a half hour wait to have my ID checked by the lone girl assigned to the task. It took forever and I attribute some of my memory loss of the night’s events to the wait, and subsequent rush to the bar after getting my Over-21 Wristband. To make matter worse, the venue only staffed a couple bartenders. So a trip to the bar for a beer turned into a trip to the bar for four beers and four shots of Fireball (before it was a trend). But that was last year.
This year’s event flowed a lot smoother. Lines were short and the whole scene was a lot more relaxed. I spent a lot of the movie talking to friends, ski buddies, the pros (some from the movie, others you might not expect to see at a Level 1 film), and other ski industry acquaintances I hadn’t seen since the lifts stopped spinning back in the spring.
The best skiing action took place on the main screen on the lower level of the venue. The top two screens at the Over-21 section were washed out, potentially contributing to my lack of focus on the film itself.
Instagramming, Tweeting and Facebooking also served as distractions from the film itself.
I missed the Wallisch Project completely. I caught the majority of the 4bi9 film and was impressed. The main feature, Level 1’s Partly Cloudy, started and my memory of the event is in line with the film’s title. My favorite segments had to be Chris Logan’s and Wiley Miller’s. I’m not sure what stood out about those, but I remember liking them. And by liking, I mean telling everyone within shouting distance how good those guys are at skiing.
Honestly, I don’t think I watched any other segments, but I remember having a great time talking with friends and getting stoked for the upcoming season. Isn’t that the point of premiere season anyway? I’m going to wind up downloading the movie on iTunes and playing it at the shop so many times that I’ll be able to watch the film with my eyes closed.
After a few more cocktails at The Depot we made our way to the impromptu after-party at The Jackalope. Beers were free if you mentioned “Budweiser” to the bartender. I tested it out and it worked. Then it worked again. And again. And again. And I think a few more times after that.
We grabbed a slice of pizza at the Pie Hole, then some Wendy’s and our DD took us home.
The Level 1 premiere is one of my favorite events of the year. It kicks off ski movie premiere season and gets everyone stoked for the upcoming season. This year’s premiere was even better than the last.
And I achieved my night’s goal to some extent.
Adam’s Level 1 Premiere Goals for 2013:
- Get stoked for ski season: stoked
- Watch the movie: I watched parts
- Drink some beer: Thanks, “Budweiser”
- Not enough to get thrown out of the after-party again though: check
- Make it home this year (and eating at Village Inn at 3am, losing your credit card, walking back to the U dorms, sleeping in your car and driving home at 5:30am doesn’t count): Thanks, Liz
- Write a better recap than last year: 125 words last year, 689 this year
I feel it’s safe to say that the SLC premier of Level 1’s Partly Cloudy was a huge success.