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Tip-tip-tip-top production, a uniquely fiery concept and the masterful (and well-matched) riding style of Nico Vink make this one of our favorite semi-recent films. Find more of Beta‘s picks here.
From Teton Gravity Research: “A decade ago, director Ryan Gibb released Life Cycles, a masterpiece of a mountain biking film. A sequel never materialized, and he spent the next few years working on commercial projects. Then, in late 2018 Gibb made a return to the MTB world, traveling to New Mexico’s Philmont Scout Ranch for an ambitious shoot featuring Nico Vink. Watch Vink shred through embers and ash in the short film From the Ash, Directed by Ryan Gibb and produced by Teton Gravity Research.
Disclaimer: This short film was made on private property in a burn scar — no healthy forests were lit on fire. In May of 2018 the Ute Park wildfire burnt 36,740 acres; a large swath of it was on the Philmont Scout Ranch. Thank you to the Boy Scouts of America for allowing us to film on location at Philmont. Everything was shot in a controlled setting on private land during the winter in a recently scorched wildfire area. The crew was under the supervision of forestry professionals to ensure everything was executed safely. There wasn’t a single live tree touched throughout our entire production.
Thank you to the men and women who put their lives at risk fighting real wildfires around the world. Please be responsible this wildfire season.”