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Ski film premier raises funds for youth mountain adventure learning, promotes helmet use

On Saturday, the Wealthy Theatre will premier Sherpas Cinema's "Into the Mind." The evening will benefit Summer Journeys' Tetons Scholarship Fund and feature a free helmet giveaway.

"Into the Mind" Ski Film Premier

Who: Snow-lovers, environmentalists and Grand Rapids community members
What: Feature Film, “Into the Mind” PLUS additional trailers and ski shorts. Snowsports vendors as well as a fundraising raffle and silent auction will be part of the evening entertainment. Bring your checkbook: all proceeds benefit Summer Journeys’ Tetons Scholarship Fund. 
When: Saturday, January 11. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., Showtime at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1130 Wealthy Street SE
Tickets: $12 at the door, $10 GRCMC members

/Chelsie Wyse

/Sherpas Cinema

Ski enthusiasts mark your calendars: On Saturday, January 11 the Wealthy Theatre will premier Sherpas Cinema's "Into the Mind." With the same sweeping cinematography demonstrated in Sherpa’s 2011 film All.I.Can; “Into the Mind” blurs the lines between dream state and reality, immersing the viewer into the mind of a common skier as he attempts to climb and ski the ultimate mountain. Innovative athlete segments are a glimpse into his dreamscape, each one harboring messages that help inform our hero's current, real-life choices.

“Into the Mind” is more than just what ski film enthusiasts coin as “ski porn.” While the viewer experiences the majesty of Alaska, Bolivia, the Himalaya and beyond, “Into the Mind” paints a philosophical portrait of humankind. It leaves the viewer asking, “How do we balance risk versus reward? Why are we inspired to rise to the challenges in our lives and what do we learn on this journey to attain them?”

Skiing, like most all extreme adventure sports, attracts a unique breed of person that seeks to push the limits of what is physically and mentally possible. The reward of transcending those seemingly limiting boundaries of euphoria isn’t without risk. Organizers are working to promote helmet use on the slopes this winter, and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will be on hand before showtime for a free helmet fitting and giveaway.

Additionally, the organizers are donating all monies raised from the evening’s ticket sales to the Summer Journeys’ Teton Scholarship Fund. Local snowsports companies have also donated items for a raffle to raise monies for the group. The urban youth in the program travel to the Tetons to learn backcountry hiking and climbing skills. Here, the students gain first-hand knowledge on backcountry outdoor safety.

Dave Buth, program director for Summer Journeys, will have two of his students who have suffered sports-related concussions- one from an accident in a terrain park- serving as emcees for the raffle and silent auction at the Film Fest.

“They have great stories to tell [about their injuries],” says Buth, who hopes their involvement help make an impact on concussion awareness and backcountry safety. “Smart people manage the risk well, and are able to be adventurous yet [stay] healthy and unharmed.”

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