Snowmachine film promises thrills, spills

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2005

With winter only a few weeks off, Matt Brown thinks now is the perfect time for snowmachine enthusiasts to get pumped for the upcoming season.

Brown is promoting “Turnagain Hardcore 5,” a new extreme riding movie from High Life Productions that will get its world premier tonight at the Soldotna Sports Center. He’s promising fans a big show.

“There’s lots of jumps and lots of wrecks,” he said. “And the big thing is the 100-foot back flip jump.”

Brown is the owner of AK-49, a clothing line that has taken off in popularity around the state over the past couple years. This year’s movie premier is the third time AK-49 has staged a world premier for a “Turnagain Hardcore” video.

In contrast to past years, however, this year’s premier promises to be more of a spectacle. In addition to two big screens to show the film, the premier will be followed by a performance by Anchorage-based Hip Hop Anonymous.

The all-ages event opens at 7 p.m., with the video showing at around 8 p.m.

Brown said most of the scenes were filmed in Turnagain Pass, with some of the featured riders hailing from the Kenai Peninsula, including Cory Davis of Soldotna.

He said that the movie should appeal to anyone with an interest in riding, not just the thrill-seeking riders who like to push the limits of gravity.

“Anyone, even if they’re old-fashioned snowmachiners who just want to see what people are doing on them now, should come,” he said. “Anyone who has ever ridden a snowmachine can appreciate someone jumping 250 feet.”

The cost for the premier is $15 per person. Minors must be accompanied by an adult, as alcohol will be available for sale.

In addition to the event promising to be a good time, it’s also partially for a good cause, as Brown said 20 percent of the profits from the premier are being set aside for a co-worker who has been diagnosed with cancer.

“This year’s should be the best ever,” Brown said.

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