Take off your boots, Sit back, turn the lights down and the speakers up, and prepare to enjoy the second full-length film from Faction Skis: The Collective.
Since the debut of the “We Are the Faction Collective” webisodes back in 2014, Faction Skis has staked its reputation not just on its planks, but on its high-quality video content as well. The first webisodes from Faction set the standard for the company’s media presence for years to come—a standard that’s now being upheld by their latest effort, The Collective.
Following up on 2018’s This Is Home, the new flick once again showcases Faction’s stellar athlete team, which is doubtless one of the most diverse and deep in skiing today. From an epic sunset booter session in Folgefonna, Norway with big-air specialists like Mac Forehand, Eirik Saeteroy and Alex Hall, to the streets of Helsinki with Antti Ollila, Will Berman and Corey Jackson, to a mind-numbing big mountain speed segment from Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland with Sam Anthamatten and Andrew Pollard, The Collective comes packing with all we’ve come to expect from Faction and more. Besides the action from all the aforementioned guys to boggle your mind, there’s also a stacked womens-only segment from park shoots in Leysin and Saas-Fee featuring Sarah Hoefflin, Mathilde Gremaud, Kelly Sildaru, Caroline Claire, Giulia Tanno and Margaux Hackett.
In the interest of honest reviewing: the voiceover could have been slightly less cheesy, the music could have been slightly more hype, and where is Faction’s headliner, Candide Thovex? But when it comes to what really matters—raw ski talent and amazing ski cinematography—it doesn’t come much better than this. But don’t take it from us. Clear up an hour of your time, hit play and see for yourself.
Adventuring to undiscovered peaks together, plotting midnight-raids on inner-city handrails, lapping your home run until that last ray of sunshine disappears behind a distant ridge… Skiing is Collective. Some call it a tribe mentality, others call it a shared sense of purpose. This film is our definition, written by a diverse team, each with their own ideas, their own forms of expression. THE COLLECTIVE is more than the sum of its parts. No matter who you are or where you come from – it feels good to be part of something special.
Starring: Alex Hall, Alexis Ghisleni, Andrew Pollard, Antti Ollila, Ben Buratti, Benjamin Forthun, Caroline Claire, Cody Cirillo, Corey Jackson, Daniel Hanka, Duncan Adams, Eirik Sateroy, Giulia Tanno, Kelly Sildaru, Mac Forehand, Margaux Hackett, Markus Fohr, Mathilde Gremaud, Pablo Schweizer, Sam Anthamatten, Sarah Hoefflin, Shingo Sasaki, Taisuke Kusunoki, Tim McChesney, Timothé Sivignon, Will Berman
Shot on location: Helsinki, Finland; Hakuba, Japan; British Columbia, Canada; Leysin, Switzerland; La Clusaz, France; Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland; Folgefonna, Norway; Saas Fee, Switzerland
Directed by Etienne Mérel
Produced by Tim Harty
Principal Cinematography: Etienne Mérel, Bluemax Media, Martin Bernard
Aerial Cinematography: Bluemax Media, Guido Perrini, Etienne Mérel
Edited by: Etienne Mérel
Executive Producers: Alex Hoye, Michael Putz, Florian Moser