Directed By: Mark Obenhaus

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The world's best skiers fo beyond their wildest dreams to conquer the steepest runs ever faced. Fantastically beautiful images, along with devastating avalanches and fatal spills only serve to push them harder, higher and faster.


Studio Sony
SKU 206875396
UPC 043396238787
UPC 14 00043396238787
Format DVD
Release Date 3/6/2012
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Narrated by SIX FEET UNDER's Peter Krause, STEEP is an exciting examination of the dangerous sport of extreme skiing. The film was written and directed by Mark Obenhaus, a journalism veteran who has spent more than 30 years working on incisive television documentaries (including at ABC News with Peter Jennings, to whom the film is dedicated), STEEP follows the exploits of a dozen current and former adventure skiers who have risked their lives to ski down remote mountains where no one has skied before. They take helicopters and climb mountains to reach the points at which they head downhill, with no signs or nicely carved paths to lead them on their way. They never know when they're going to come across a tree, a rock, or even a cliff as they slice down breathtaking vistas. Obenhaus, who also serves as one of the executive producers of the film, captures amazing runs in British Columbia, France, Iceland, Wyoming, and Alaska, featuring such athletes as Doug Coombs, Chris Davenport, Ingrid Backstrom, Shane McConkey, Andrew McLean, and Seth Morrison. Older legends such as Anselme Baud, Bill Briggs, and Stefano De Benedetti discuss the origins of the sport and are seen in archival footage alongside the newer generation, who is constantly trying to top itself by attempting the seemingly impossible. Influenced by the films of Warren Miller and THE BLIZZARD OF AAHHH'S, STEEP follows these thrillseekers who live for danger, including one of them who actually dies doing the thing he loved best. Anton Sanko's score propels the remarkable action, along with songs by Quien es, BOOM!, and Low.
Box Office "What STEEP does really capture the attraction of the sport and its lifestyle..." 01/01/2008 p.46
Los Angeles Times "STEEP is one of those rare endeavors able to touch on the human condition without neglecting the film's true star: big-mountain skiing." 12/21/2007
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "If you're a fan of 'extreme skiing,' this film is your Holy Grail....You'll be rewarded with a man skiing, Bond-style, off the edge of a cliff before parachuting down." 10/01/2008 p.64
Mark Obenhaus
Name Backstrom,Ingrid
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Cast & Crew
Andrew McLean - Featuring
Anton Sanko - Original Music By
Bill Briggs - Featuring
Caitlin Costin - Producer
Chris Davenport - Featuring
Doug Coombs - Featuring
Erich Roland - Cinematographer
Ingrid Backstrom - Featuring
J. Stuart Horsfall - Executive Producer
Mark Obenhaus - Director
Mark Obenhaus - Writer
Peter R. Livingston, Jr. - Editor
Seth Morrison - Featuring
Shane McConkey - Featuring
Stefano De Benedetti - Featuring
Victor Magro - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 23878
UPC 00043396238787
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Most of the people you'll meet in the often extraordinary documentary "Steep" will seem completely nuts. They tell you how the mountains speak to them. They tell you how one day the mountains will be kind to you and the next day, they'll be "pissed off" at you. They will talk about people they've known who've been swept away by the snows, or sailed off the edges of ragged cliffs to their deaths. And they'll tell you none of it has been enough to stop them from going up the mountains again...Although the film, which was created by a team of writers and directors headed by executive producer and lead writer/director Mark Obenhaus, features a number of past and current extreme skiers from all over the world, they all pretty much say the same things: that they live for the danger, that they thrive on going where no one else has gone, that, when they are plunging down a mountain at 50 mph and when the angle of the slope hits 50 percent, the force of gravity is so great, you just have to give into it...In the end, you will believe the film's talking heads, but, more than likely, what they say may still make little logical sense to you. But that's OK. It's not supposed to. Unless you feel the mountains calling yourself and cannot ignore them.
Reviewer David Wiegand
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Variety
Review Like its sister films in the surfing-movie genre, the extreme-skiing movie "Steep" is less a documentary than a sales pitch -- not for a product or a place, but for a sport, one its practitioners feel requires pugnacious self-promotion. Spectacular alpine landscapes, suicidal descents on 70-degree mountainsides and skiers with an inflated sense of self (and no sense of self-preservation) will make for a cultish theatrical release...Given the risks involved (extreme skiers purposefully choose the most dangerous, inaccessible, sharply pitched and unstable surfaces in the world), "Steep" is willfully blind to the questions it inevitably raises, such as: Why? Why do these men -- and except for the heartstopping Ingrid Backstrom, the film is a virtually all-male endeavor -- do what they do? There's a lot of blather about the mountain making them come alive, but considering how many people die on the slopes, the viewer really wants a little less of the gnarly dudes and something closer to a professional diagnosis..."Steep" has its moments. Some are exhilarating, others seemingly insane. But the movie also feels like a sermon. The featured skiers protest too much about the value of what they do, sounding as if they're defending and ultimately trying to ennoble it. But they're not curing cancer; they're sliding down hills on two sticks. It should be fun. So should "Steep."
Reviewer John Anderson
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Backstrom,Ingrid
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Francine Brokaw, Steep is a thrill ride for audiences.
Graham Gephart, Ski Press World A landmark documentary from the studio muscle behind acclaimed action-sports epics Dogtown and Z-Boys and Riding Giants.
Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview An adrenaline fueled rush into the sport of extreme skiing.
Pete Hammond, Maxim Awesome! Steep is without a doubt one of the year's most exciting films...You have never seen anytrhing like it before!
Tasha Robinson, The Onion A.V. Club ...breathtaking footage...enthusiasts and neophytes alike should be able to join together in gasping at the sight of people plunging down vertical walls of ice...

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