Three years ago, the world lost Shane McConkey, a freeskiing pioneer who pushed the sports to bold new limits by combining sking with wingsuit flying and BASE jumping. McConkey died when his ski failed to pop off after doing a double back flip off a cliff in Italy. He was unable to deploy his wingsuit and parachute and glide to safety, dying on impact. MSP Films and Red Bull Media House teamed up to film a full 90-minute documentary exploring the man, the myth, and the legend that was Shane McConkey. It will be released in 2013. A trailer for the movie hit the web yesterday following coverage of Red Bull's Cold Rush on NBC Sports. Check it out.
"The movie is a documentary on Shane -- it's basically going to show the man behind The Man," said MSP's Scott Gaffney, a longtime friend of McConkey's who's helping shape the story and build edits for the film. "It'll show his struggles through his youth, his volatile family dynamic, and his utter failure in his first year of college. He went from a geek to hero and he pretty much paved his own path."
Added Gaffney, "But the movie is also going to explore the action sports mindset and why athletes do what they do and question where should the line be drawn." The film will include perspectives from action sports athletes outside of the ski industry who were impacted by McConkey, including Travis Pastrana, Tony Hawk, Bob Burnquist, and Matt Hoffman.