Watch: Short Ski Film ‘Actual Air’ About Growing Up Next to Mt. Baker
by Alex Billington
December 27, 2023
“I’m part of something… You’re not bigger or better than anything around you.” Ski & snowboard season has kicked off, which means it’s time to start making some plans if you want to catch powder days this year. Filmmaker Mattias Evangelista went home to Glacier, Washington to make this short documentary film about his brother, skier Micah Evangelista. It is a very poetic, pensive 5-minute ski movie about growing up in the Pacific Northwest and living in the shadow of Mt. Baker (see Google Maps). There’s a resort right there called the Mount Baker Ski Area, which is where they filmed most of this. All of the footage was shot on film with Kodak stock. It’s super grainy and beautiful, adding to the laid back, vintage feel of this. Even if you’re not a skier, I think there’s plenty to appreciate here – living a simple life, focusing on joyful moments.
Thanks to Vimeo Staff Picks for the tip on this film being available to watch online. Brief intro from Vimeo: “In the depths of the Pacific Northwest, a skier reflects on his life growing up in the shadow of Mt. Baker.” Actual Air is a short documentary film created & directed and filmed by Mattias Evangelista, a filmmaker based in Los Angeles (though originally from this area) – you can see more of his work on his Vimeo page or visit his official website or follow him on IG @mattiasevangelista. It is also edited by Mattias Evangelista. Featuring an original score by The M1 (website). With film scanning by Spectra Film Lab, LA, and coloring by Dylan Hageman. Shot on Kodak 16mm 7203, 7207, 7219. Filmed on location in Glacier, WA & Mount Baker Ski Area. For more info, visit Vimeo or also Mattias’ site. To watch more shorts, click here. Thoughts?