Crankworx and Whistler Blackcomb celebrated the creative spirit, and storytelling culture of mountain biking in this video throw-down for a seventh year.
Six filmmakers bring us the ride of our lives this summer, showcasing a slice of one athlete’s diary. These four to six-minute videos begin production June 1 and hit the big screen in Whistler Olympic Plaza Tuesday, August 14. Teams must include the Whistler Valley and Whistler Mountain Bike Park in a quarter of their film—from there it’s free creative licence. They choose the size and scope of their team, their supports, their geographical boundaries. This is the blank canvass of the Crankworx culture beat and our shooters on the cutting edge of their game.
This year’s contestants span the globe and several genres of photographic and videographic talent. Don’t forget to get your tickets to join us in the licensed area for a beverage —link above.
The Event runs Tuesday, August 14, VIP Experience starts at 8:00 p.m. and event at 8:30 p.m
First Place: Damien Vergez
Second Place: William Biname
Third Place: Seth Alvo
Jasper da Seymour
William is a filmmaker who has lived in Whistler for the past four years. He grew up in Montreal and attended film school at Concordia University. He worked for Sherpas Cinema, a local production company, for nearly three years and has played key roles on many high-end commercial project for companies such as Audi, The North Face and Red Bull. His roots are deeply ingrained in the action sports filmmaking scene, and he has spent many years developing relationships with some of the top athletes. His teammate for this years Dirt Diaries is one of those people. William and Justin Roy are friends both on and off the hill. They also both worked together on the winning Dirt Diaries film in 2016. Justin, or Dewey as everyone calls him, has been a member of the Whistler community for 10 years and works as a bike mechanic at Coastal Culture. He cuts down his hours in the summer to spend the most days possible on his bike. Also, if you hang around Crabapple Hits long enough, you might spot him throwing a sneaky backflip on one of the jumps.
Damien Vergez is a director and producer based in Hossegor, France. With his company FASTFOKUS, he travels the world to create high-end cinematography. His work is all about passion and dedication. He loves nature, wildlife and spends most of his time thinking about his next adventure. His partner, KC Deane was known for the past 10 years as a professional skier. KC was inspired by the Red Bull Rampage and began riding in the Utah desert, chasing the same feeling he got during the winter on a pair of skis. His passion for creating amazing film projects and imagery in mountain biking has made him one of the few dual sport professional athletes in the world, and he splits his year skiing and biking professionally. “I met KC for the first time during a shooting in China, in the Gobi Desert, and i was immediately blown away by him—I was seduced by his always positive attitude. He works hard, always trying to do better and to surpass himself. That’s exactly what I want to do everyday. I guess that’s the reason why I love working with him,” says Damien.
Seth Bike Hacks
Web development. This was Seth Alvo’s business, but was it his passion? Not really. So when he started Seth’s Bike Hacks, a YouTube channel about his true love—mountain biking—it was an outlet, not a vocation. Three years and over 700,000 YouTube followers later, Seth has hit the MTB inner circle. This summer, he puts his storytelling chops to the ultimate test before a live Crankworx audience, delivering a page from the diary of BMX rider Scott Smith. Scott is a musician and rider based in the BMX epicentre of Austin Texas, who will put his bike skills to the ultimate test as well attempting to become a crossover athlete in the mountain world before one of the most educated audiences in MTB.
Deep Field Cinema
I began riding as a grom around age 12, says Calvin Huth. I would stack wood on bricks and send some lofty airs to impress the parents. By the time I was 16, I had become quite the little dirt jumper. I ended up taking a few years off riding and when I got back into it at age 22, it was as if I never left. Right back to being a grom! I had always been interested in photography, but really started filming just over two and a half years ago. I had just broken my foot, after a bad stint of injuries, and was wanting to stay in the scene—without having to risk myself. For Dirt Diaries this year, I will be partnering with Tom Van Steenbergen, bringing the tricks to the mix.
Graeme Meiklejohn, born and raised in North Vancouver, is a professional cinematographer at Origin, in Whistler. Although he’s mostly known as a maker of ski films, the jank-stunts and skatepark jibs of the Shore, course through his veins on the daily. Quinn Lanzon, a rare anglo-bilingual Quebecois, is a writer who also works at Origin, in Whistler. The trailbuilder-turned-word document aficionado is here to make sure things get done, the story is sweet, and everyone stays hydrated. They will be featuring Matt Beer, two time Canadian National DH champion, enduro shredder, and BMX blaster will lead the charge for this team and let his riding do the talking. Together with a few of their pals, these experienced professionals are determined to make mountain biking extreme again, by sparking a firestorm of send, the likes of which Dirt Diaries has never seen. Let’s friggin’ go.
J DA seymour Photography IG @jdaseymourphotography
Jasper is a Tasmanian-based photographer. It was only in the last couple of years he unearthed his major hidden love for bikes. Through the use of video, he spiralled down the rabbit hole on an endless quest to capture, create and document anything and everything related to two wheels. His athlete, Rhys Ellis, is a talented downhill racer and coach from Calgary AB, who connected with Jasper while working on the Maydena Bike Park project in Tasmania, Australia.