Last winter, Warren Miller…yes, the guy that launched the ski movie biz…made two rare appearances in Seattle. Another is scheduled for Nov. 20, but with a few new elements. For one, Miller will receive a prestigious film award from the Seattle International Film Festival.
An Evening with Warren Miller offers a chance for audience members to interact with the famous filmmaker. The evening includes a question and answer session with Miller, but also afford the opportunity for the Seattle International Film Festival to present Miller with its Golden Space Needle Award for Lifetime Achievement in Film.
Miller is credited with launching the genre of ski films in the late 1940s during his early Sun Valley days and delivering films to audiences for more than 50 years. Narrated by himself, his films showcased his wit, places to ski and cutting-edge athletes. In addition to sharing the exploits of extreme athletes in his films, he never failed to lose sight of those struggling to master the sport. Several of his films featured segments with bunny hill tangles and splats.
Warren Miller, always a storyteller, answers questions from the audience in his show. Photo Courtesy of Warren Miller Freedom Foundation.
The evening begins with cocktails at 5 p.m. followed at 6 p.m. by the celebration of Miller’s six decades of filmmaking. The event wraps up with a screening of one of Miller’s favorite films, The Gods Must Be Crazy. The 1981 film from South Africa uses some of the same elements as Miller’s movies, such as storytelling and humor.
An Evening With Warren Miller takes place Nov. 20 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Tickets cost $85 dollars and are available here. The event is presented by the Seattle International Film Festival in conjunction with the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating budding entrepreneurs.
For a retro look at vintage Warren Miller footage, narration and humor, check out this six-minute clip from his 1984 classic ski film, Ski Country, courtesy of YouTube. The clip includes opening credits from the movie along with a short piece about Tuckerman’s Ravine.