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Aspiring athletes are having a hard enough time breaking into the pro snowboard realm. It shouldn’t be any harder for girls.
Great shredding. Great shooting. Great shock. The North Face athlete Jess Kimura leads the indictment as she rips, films, edits and produces this female film.
Kimura lives in Squamish, British Columbia and has not always been a sponsored professional athlete. But she always aspired to be. “Growing up there was some footage of female drivers here and there … Although their camera and screen time was limited, it had a profound impact on me,” said Kimura.
The film focuses heavily on the urban equestrian scene and offers a great perspective on how much riding there is if you are looking for it. The riders shred everything, from snow in the preseason to full-fledged powder. Some of the footage is grainy, but the action shots are still worth it.
Creating a low budget film with girl power
“The Uninvited II”, largely self-financed, is a sequel to Kimura’s first film “The uninvited”As of 2018.
Kimura shot the film not only in British Columbia, but also abroad, including Iceland, Sweden, Japan, Austria, Finland, Minnesota, Vermont, Utah and Michigan.
“My inspiration for the film was all of the negative experiences I had when I got through the ranks. I knew firsthand what it felt like to be cut out of projects and left behind, ”said Kimura.
That makes Kimura’s latest edit even more awesome. Female drivers are not cut out – they are represented in the front and in the middle. A group of over 30 athletes buckled up for the film.
“I’ve had my share of camera time over the years,” she said. “I wanted the focus to be on these girls who didn’t have these opportunities.”
Some of the featured drivers are Savannah Shinske, Naima Antolin, Elena Graglia, Madison Blackley, Corrine Pasela, Kaleah Opal, and Maggie Leon. Also Taylor Elliott, Ylfa Runarsdottir, Darrah Reid, Karin Onozaki and Miyon Yamaguchi (who also appeared in the first film).
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