Lurching from One Near Disaster to the Next

Lurching from One Near Disaster to the Next


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Warren Miller started skiing in 1939, and has been going downhill ever since. On his way down, he has produced almost 500 sports films and also published several books. This book, illustrated with many of Warren's original cartoons, chronicles his adventures on skis, while boating, and as he lurched through all other facets of his life.

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ISBN-13: 9780963614421
Publisher: Miller, Warren Productions
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Warren Miller is an American ski and snowboarding filmmaker. He is the founder of Warren Miller Films and produced, directed and narrated his films until 1988. His credits include over 750 sports films, several books and hundreds of published non-fiction stories. His annual films on skiing and other outdoor sports are renowned for their stunning photography, witty narrative humor, and the impressive talents of athletes. He has received wide acclaim for his promotion of the sport of modern skiing through his films spanning over 60 years and is an iconic figure in action sports filmmaking.Warren was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and as a young man he took up the hobbies of skiing, surfing, and photography. At the age of 18, with the U.S. ten months into World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1946 he bought his first 8mm movie camera. He and a friend moved to Sun Valley, Idaho where they camped in the parking lot of the Sun Valley ski resort, living out of a teardrop trailer and earning money as ski instructors. In their free time, they would film each other skiing to critique and improve their ski techniques. During the summers they shifted to the California coast where they filmed each other surfing.Warren would often show his skiing and surfing films to friends, making jokes about their exploits throughout the showing of the film. When he began to receive invitations to show and narrate his films at parties, it occurred to him that he could turn this hobby into a business. In 1949, Miller founded Warren Miller Films and began a long-standing tradition of producing one feature-length ski film per year. He rented out halls and theaters, usually with borrowed money, and charged admission to his shows. He booked show halls near ski resorts so that he could film the next year's footage during the day, and show the current film in the evening. Before long he was showing his films in 130 cities a year.Miller continued to head the company both creatively and executively until the late 1980s when he sold the company. The company still produces a new film every year, however Miller himself has not been actively involved since 2004.Warren Miller currently resides with his wife, Laurie, on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands north of Seattle, Washington. Through Warren Miller Company and the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation, he remains an active writer, artist, philanthropist, and luminary.

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