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A blast from the past…Hot Dog 30th Anniversary Party

David Naughton and John Patrick Reger stand off in a classic scene from Hot Dog.

David Naughton and John Patrick Reger stand off in a classic scene from Hot Dog.


Matt Reardon and The Squaw Valley Institute hosted a festive evening celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic ski film Hot Dog, which was filmed at Squaw Valley during the winter of 1983. Many cast members from the movie were in attendance including David Naughton, Frank Koppala, James Saito, John Reger, Lynne Wieland and director Mike Marvin. Tahoe based cast members and stunt skiers Debbie Dutton, Robbie Huntoon, Mark Vance and George Theobald were also on hand. The night began with a Q & A session with the cast followed by a screening of the film and then an 80′s dance party. Audience participation during the movie felt like the Rocky Horror Picture Show with people chanting classic one liners in unison and boisterously booing antagonist Rudy and the Rudettes. The cast reflected on what it was like to be a part of the movie and delighted the audience by quoting lines from the movie. It was a truly memorable reunion for a film that has meant so much to so many who live here.

Hot Dog cast members answer questions from the audience at the 30th anniversary party.

Hot Dog cast members answer questions from the audience at the 30th anniversary party.


Actors Frank Koppala, David Naughton and director Mike Marvin.

Lynne Wieland, Frank Koppala, David Naughton and director Mike Marvin.


Uncle E auctions off one of the original story boards from the movie.

Uncle E auctions off one of the original storyboards from the movie.


Alpine Meadows resident George Theobald was one of the few cast members who both acted and skied in the movie.

Alpine Meadows resident George Theobald was one of the few cast members who both acted and skied in the movie.


Harkin Banks (Patrick Houser - blue jacket) gets introduced to Slasher (George Theobald - blue/yellow jacket) and the Rat Pack.

Harkin Banks (Patrick Houser – blue jacket) gets introduced to Slasher (George Theobald – blue/yellow jacket) and the Rat Pack.

Hometown heroes Robbie Huntoon and Debbie Dutton.  Robbie was the stunt skier for Harkin Banks and Debbie was the stunt skier for Sylvia.

Hometown heroes Robbie Huntoon and Debbie Dutton. Robbie was the stunt skier for Harkin Banks and Debbie was the stunt skier for Sylvia.

David Naughton and John Reger at Hot Dog Anniversary Party from Nut Hut Studios on Vimeo.

Powder Magazine coverage of Hot Dog 30th Anniversary including link to the movie

SBDC Hot Dog Film Review from April 2011

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Chasing the Dragon

Although the past two ski seasons were not known for their consistency or quality, we still had some great days.  Here’s a look back at a few highlights from 2012 and 2013.

Chasing the Dragon from Nut Hut Studios on Vimeo.

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McConkey documentary premieres at Tribeca Film Festival


Tribeca Film Festival hosted the world premiere of the McConkey documentary last Sunday. The film is a heartfelt examination of the life of Shane McConkey. Principal editor David Zieff and the Matchstick team of Steve Winter, Murray Weis and Scott Gaffney were in attendance along with Sherry McConkey, JT Holmes, Rob Bruce and many other friends and family.

JT Holmes and Sherry McConkey


David Zieff answers questions after the film.


Co-Director Scott Gaffney with Jim McConkey.


Film Reviews for McConkey
Los Angeles Times Review of McConkey
First Showing Review of McConkey Documentary
Hollywood Reporter review of McConkey
ESPN review of McConkey
Nine Tribeca Films you'll soon be hearing about
Powdermag.com review of McConkey written by Ingrid Backstrom

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Bring the Pain!

It’s that time of year for the greatest ski competition known to man or woman…The Pain McShlonkey Classic! Along with the Classic comes their annual promotional video. This year’s effort was produced by Matt Palmer and Grant Kaye.

3rd Annual Pain McShlonkey Classic | Of. Course. I. Can. from Squaw Valley on Vimeo.

In other McConkey related news the documentary on Shane’s life has been selected as a Spotlight Film for the Tribeca Film Festival held next month in New York City.
McConkey In Tribeca Film Festival coverage from the Ski Channel

Here is more information on the Pain McShlonkey Classic and the fundraising efforts of the McConkey Foundation courtesy of Freeskier:
Freeskier coverage of PMS

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Sherpas continue to step up

If you’re going to do something many others are already doing, you may as well be different. From high performance cameras and renowned athletes, to computer graphics and promotional efforts, Sherpas Cinema spare nothing when it comes to making their ski films extraordinary. Adding climbing legends Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker to their tribe only stands to further enrich their quest for the high alpine terrain embodied in their namesake. The Sherpas are halfway through their latest two year project called Into the Mind. Here’s a look into the future:

Into The Mind – Official Teaser from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.

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Group Shred segment from All. I. Can

This edit from the Sherpas Cinema release All. I. Can shows that it is still possible to create groundbreaking cinematography.  It just takes more effort. The Sherpas are half way through their next two year project called Into the Mind.

The Group Shred (from All.I.Can) from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.

Check out our 2011 review of All. I. Can here:
SBDC Review of All. I. Can.

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Legend of Aahhhs Tahoe Premiere November 2 at OVL

Squaw Valley Institute presents the Tahoe Premiere of Greg Stump’s “Legend of Aahhhs”. The film will be preceded by a panel discussion with Scot Schmidt, Timy Dutton, Robb Gaffney and Greg Stump.

Details on Legend of Aahhhs Premiere at OVL

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Further Preview

Further - Jeremy JonesFurther Promotional Reel Courtesy of ESPN

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Shane McConkey Documentary Trailer

Red Bull Media House and Matchstick Productions are producing a documentary on the life and legend of Shane McConkey. The film is being made with the help of Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney and documentary filmmaker David Zieff. Here is the promotional trailer for the film expected to be released in 2013.

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Long Awaited Legend of Aahhhs is FINALLY Released!

Back in 2009, SBDC ran a post about the status of Greg Stump’s monumental film project called the Legend of Aahhhs. The movie was slated to be released later that year. Well it’s 2012 now and apparently Stumpy has conquered legal battles, focus groups and anything else standing in his way and the film is finally done. We are not sure if/when a Tahoe premiere is in store but it can’t come soon enough. Though somewhat of a deviant and frequently misunderstood, Greg is one of the most provocative, influential and compelling ski filmmakers of all time.

Theatrical trailer for the originally anticipated release date of 2009:

Mr. Stumps progression as a man child:

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