Posts Tagged ‘Skier Cross’

Fresh Site, Sale Price, Finale

March 1, 2010

Now that we are “post-Olympic” and AIV is ON SALE for $12.99, I updated the APPOINTMENT IN VANCOUVER website. I wish I could have revised it with news of Casey winning a medal rather than a sale price. I’m sure Casey wishes the same. Despite this wish, I am moving forward and am grateful for the tremendous experience and excellent film that came out of knowing, following and believing in Casey. I hope Casey’s doing the same.

Since the Games, Casey and I have only been able to text and email. However, I basically run his Facebook Fan Page, so I’m privy to the outpouring of love and support Casey’s fans have been sending him. He’s an inspiration to a lot of people. Hopefully, he’s checking their posts.

Besides that icy-cool sale price, the new AIV site now includes:

  • pictures of me, Seth and Mo (Music Supervisor) on our trip to Vancouver to cheer Casey on in his 5th Olympic Games
  • soundtrack information (band, song, website, picture cue)
  • an updated Casey bio
  • new photos and newspaper clippings from Casey’s youth and early ski career

I removed the calendar page because we’re not sure what’s next for AIV. We’re crossing our fingers on a couple great film fests this Spring and also waiting to hear from Casey about his plans for after this season.

Tomorrow, I’ll be sending in a blog post for SportsFanLive about APPOINTMENT IN VANCOUVER and our trip to the Games. They work with AOL Sports and have promised that their “module” with AOL will feature the my post. Maybe we’ll get some traffic and sales from the exposure!

Now I must prep for the finale of THE BACHELOR. As Vice Commissioner of Here For the Right Reasons: The Bachelor Fantasy League, I’m hosting a screening/finale party for all the LA league members. Everyone’s bringing a snack inspired by their favorite bachelorette. This idea, ordained by me, is particularly troublesome for me. I’m on a cleanse which means no glutens, refined sugar, red meat, booze or dairy in my snack. I want to think up something clever and funny for my contribution like my friend who is bringing shrimp cakes in honor of Tenley aka “The Little Mermaid: Ariel.”  Good one, huh?

My  brain is so fried from all the writing I’ve been doing on my latest project (haven’t announced it) that all I can think of is mini hot dogs inspired by Gia because she looks like a sad puppy. Pitiful idea. Even if I were to try and swing that snack with the league, I couldn’t even eat it because of the cleanse restrictions.


Vudu? You Do. Do What?

February 24, 2010

Despite Casey’s disappointing showing at the Olympics — which sounds harsh but I can’t think of any other way of describing it … more on this in a post later this week — there is good news for AIV:

APPOINTMENT IN VANCOUVER will be available on Vudu and Hulu soon.

I’m particularly excited about our inclusion on Vudu considering the online movie service was recently purchased by Wal-mart. The digital provider is being built into more and more TVs and Blu-ray players. Analysts are predicting that over 60 percent of HD televisions will connect to the Internet by 2013. From a NYT article about the acquisition:

Now, however, the idea of an Internet-ready home entertainment setup has a powerful new backer: Wal-Mart

Movie stores like Vudu’s also compete directly with the video-on-demand services of the cable companies, and generally have better selection, more high-definition content, friendlier menus and fuller descriptions of the programs.

More immediate, if Wal-Mart puts its marketing power behind the Vudu service, it could give a lift to sales of Internet-ready televisions and disc players, which generally cost a few hundred dollars more than devices without such capabilities…

Panasonic and Sony are the only major manufacturers that have not yet added the Vudu service to their devices. With Wal-Mart, one of their biggest retailers, taking it over, manufacturers will now have another reason to include Vudu.

It’s very cool that our is being added to Vudu’s library on the heels of Wal-mart’s purchase of the company.  I’m told AIV will probably become Vudu-available when they launch their sports collection with Teton Gravity and Video Action Sports. Stay tuned.

Likewise, when the film is available Hulu, I’ll make an announcement. I can’t wait to direct fans and friends to AIV on Hulu because it’s free, BUT we get a share of the commercial revenue. For inquiring minds, it’s about a penny per person per commercial. Who knows, we might make 10’s of dollars!


February 5, 2010

Thanks to a connection that Casey’s CAA agent made for us, earlier this week, I sent two DVDs of APPOINTMENT IN VANCOUVER to New York. Priority mail. To ESPN’s office. The packages should arrive today. Let’s hope the Espny Dudes watch it because it’s looking like the NBC Universal Sports Network avenue is a road to Nowheresville.  Actually, it’s not looking that way. The map says it is.

So, yes, them watching the movie in a happy pre-Superbowl, possibly beer-influenced mood is the intention because we can follow-up, we can pitch, we can talk, talk, talk but this movie needs somebody to champion it and it can’t always be me.

In other AIV news, I updated the website.  There are new archival photos and newspaper clippings from Casey’s life, a revised calendar of upcoming events, full cast/crew credits, and soundtrack information about the amazing music showcased in AIV!

Plus, the press is covering the Olympics more and more. The more exposure Casey gets the better for AIV… espeically if Casey can spin the movie into his soundbytes.  Recently, there’s been national newspaper coverage of Casey!  USA TODAY did a nice piece on Casey, Daron and Skier Cross. A bonus 2 min video of Casey (that’s not as good as any section in AIV) is attached to the online article.

Furthermore, THE BOSTON GLOBE ran a good article on Casey and Daron today. It included a stellar quote from Casey that I love.  That I wish we got him saying in AIV!  Here it is: “Put yourself in my shoes,” Puckett said. “I’ve been to four Olympics already and come home with no hardware. Now I’m at the top of my sport, and my sport’s going to the Olympics for the first time. I mean, what would you do?”

Opening ceremonies are 7 days away.

Casey races in 16 days.


December 2, 2009

The Chair of the International Ski History Association’s Award Committee requested a copy of APPOINTMENT IN VANCOUVER.  The Committee presents annual awards to books, websites, and films that advance and preserve the heritage of skiing.  They are considering our film for this year’s honors, which will be presented at the 2010 ISHA Annual Awards dinner at the Alf Engen Ski Museum in Utah’s Olympic Park on March 26.  Hopefully we’ll be there doing some accepting.

IHSA is also encouraging John Fry and Mort Lund, deans of the American Ski Writers, to review AIV.  Thanks IHSA!

An award and/or a review by these seasoned ski journalists would be wonderful press and exposure for AIV, Casey and Skier Cross.

Daron Rahlves

May 14, 2009

Today we interviewed Daron Rahlves for Appointment in Vancouver.  The U.S. Ski Cross team has two members — Daron and Casey (the hero of AIV) — so it was critical to nab some time with Daron.  He’s both a teammate and a competitor of Casey’s.

Preview of Feb. 2010: Daron and Casey battle it out on the slopes.

Preview of Feb. 2010: Daron and Casey battle for the lead.

Daron is widely considered the most successful U.S. downhill racer of all time.  He’s got a gazillion podium finishes to his name, including being the only American to win the famed Hahnenkamm Downhill (2003).  At the 2010 games, he’ll be chasing the same gold medal Casey claims is his.

I found Daron to be warm, articulate, inspired and inspiring.  His keen insight and ego-free honesty will be exciting additions to our film.

Big thanks to Lowell who reps both Daron and Casey and loaned us his hotel room for the taping.  Another big thanks to Dominique Martinez for lighting and shooting the interview with her usual professional awesomeness.

NYT Article: “Feisty Version of Ski Racing Elbows Into Mainstream”

January 23, 2009

When I met four-time Olympian Casey Puckett at a wedding he was embarking on a journey out of retirement to the 2010 Olympic podium.  It immediately cared about and wanted to follow.  I snuck out of the reception and called producer Seth Caplan saying, “I’ve got a documentary for us.”  

Two and a half years later, Seth, Curtis Pierce (editor) and I are finishing up the sales reel for Appointment in Vancouver, which in a flash shows Casey’s story of battling age, injury, family drama, and the odds as he pursues his unwavering dream of gold in the Olympics newest and most exciting sport — Skier Cross.  When he makes it to the games, he will be the first athlete to compete in five winter Olympics.  

Turns out The New York Times also thinks Casey’s one to watch.  Check out “Feisty Version of Ski Racing…”

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