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JF Houle :
“Here’s my movie, HOULIGAN “A Ski Story”! I made this because I wanted to share with everyone how a simple passion like skiing changed my life completely and turned it into a childhood dream. My name is JF Houle and I’m a 29 years old professional skier from Drummondville, Qc Canada.
It took 2 full year and an insane amount of time to produce this movie with one of my best friend Paul Bergeron and many other friends that helped out along the way. I put all my heart into this. The fact that we didn’t have any experience in making “ski movies” was risky but this is probably what made this project even better. A lot of sponsors didn’t follow, so I just decided to invest my own money into this. All the extra money I had made with skiing over the past year went in their. My goal was to create something different than the traditional ski movie by finding a way to tell my story. It wasn’t easy and it put me though the biggest mental challenges of my life but at the end, it was really worth it for me.
If you like what you just watched, we strongly encourage you to go ahead and make a donation! Sharing is also another awesome way for you to give us a lot of help. so don’t hesitate to tell a friend! Know that every single dollars will help us to keep on doing other projects and mainly, what we love!”
To know more about JF, his interview is on the latest downdays magazine
David Malacrida’s review
I scribbled some notes down while watching the movie, but none of them could really describe what I felt watching JF Houle’s life story in Houligan, his two-year project that just debuted at this year’s ski film festivals.
Humility, fighting spirit, intensity, emotion: these are words that came to mind watching JF dominate urban rails and scrap his way through competitions. JF’s film comes across almost as a 15-year project, rather than a 2-year one, as it accurately portrays his skiing journey from his early years, to his rise to fame, to his decision to stop competing—a moment that the film captures in vivid detail as JF struggled with himself at the 2013 Dew Tour slopestyle.
Houligan shows how fragile a freeskier’s career can be, and also how by working hard, from the ground up, a guy can follow his dreams, stay true to his roots, produce his own movie with his own money, and re-launch himself into the limelight to thunderous applause, universal respect, and three film awards.
This story could be told about a lot of skiers—but the fact that it’s about such an amazingly nice, generous and honest person makes it that much more moving a tale.
JF’s comeback is a story about life as much as it’s a story about urban skiing. It’s not just a story of a guy coming back after injury; it’s a guy coming back to show absolute dominance in the realm of urban skiing, accompanied by stellar performances from close friends including Alexis Godbout, Phil Casabon and the new-generation ambassador Emile Bergeron.
There’s a lot more that could be said about JF and his movie, so that’s why we interviewed him about it. Check back on Downdays to see the full interview dropping soon…