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Home Base / Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA
Chris Benchetler spent much of his childhood skiing at Mammoth Mountain, the place he’s called home for 20 years now. He briefly competed in freeski events, where he caught the attention of film production companies after breaking his femur at Freeze magazine’s Parkasaurus. His footage from that event showed up in the films the next year. He spent the next five years filming for other production companies, especially Poor Boys, but also including Teton Gravity Research (TGR), before starting his own production company, Nimbus Independent, in 2008. The move ushered in a new way to consume media. “To my knowledge, we were the first production group to create free, online content,” says Chris.
He’s famous in the ski world as an athlete and an artist, but Chris is also a producer and director. He was the force the movie Fire On The Mountain in 2019. “I like having creative and artistic control over projects,” he says. “I really enjoyed the process of making a film that transcends action sports.”
As an athlete, Chris is clearly on the top of his sport,” says David Lemieux, the head archivist for the Grateful Dead. “But he’s also a super talented artist that’s fun to work with. It’s rare that somebody comes from outside the Grateful Dead and really gets it. His artwork captures Grateful Dead iconography, which is rare.
“There might be a sequel to Fire On The Mountain,” says Chris. “It’s several years down the road, but we are having conversations. Everybody from athletes, to filmers, to sponsors are on board with the concept.”
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