The official documentary on the extraordinary life of groundbreaking ski filmmaker Warren Miller is nearing completion in 2018 by a production team led by Lorton Entertainment, BoBCat Studios, and O’Malley Creadon Productions. The film, directed by award-winning filmmaker Patrick Creadon and produced by Christine O’Malley and Jeff Conroy, contains the last on-camera interview with Mr. Miller before his death last month on January 24, 2018.
Never-before-seen archival footage woven together with interviews from family, friends and colleagues will give audiences a rare look at the man behind the films that kicked off ski seasons across the country for over 60 years. World-renowned skiers Scot Schmidt, Dan Egan, John Egan, Jonny Moseley, Kristen Ulmer and Colby James West also pay tribute to the man who reminded people that “The best place in the world to ski is where you’re skiing that day.”
The documentary explores the personal and professional life of Mr. Miller as well as the forces that drove him to the heights of success in the ski filmmaking world. Miller, who was born in Los Angeles in 1924, recalls a childhood riding his bike up to the Hollywood sign, surfing in Malibu, and delivering newspapers to Walt Disney on his daily paper route. Following the draft of 1942, Warren entered the Navy for several years before moving to the mountains, living out of a teardrop trailer in parking lots of ski resorts as a self-described ski bum. Warren’s humble beginnings as a ski instructor gave way to a fifty-year career as a cinematographer, producer, and director of over 500 action sports films.
“Warren Miller was one of America’s most prolific filmmakers,” says the film’s Director Patrick Creadon, “and more than anyone is responsible for the growth of the ski industry in North America. His love of the great outdoors was contagious, and with his films he inspired generations to head to the mountains to discover the magic of skiing.”
“It has been a privilege to work with Warren on this very special and important project which is now two years in the making,” said Executive Producer, Joe Berry, Jr.. “This will not only be a documentary about his extraordinary life, but a tribute to the man who inspired millions around the world. The final interviews that our team recently secured with Warren are now to be a treasured capstone to his story.”
“It’s not often you have the opportunity to sit with a living legend and hear in his own words an honest account of the triumphs and heartbreaks in the path of his life,” said Producer, Jeff Conroy. “From his earliest films, Warren preached the idea to go out and live life today, and it’s a lesson all of us making this film certainly take to heart.”
Warren Miller Day
On Saturday, February 17, 2018, friends and fans of Warren Miller are encouraged to take part in the “Take a Run for Warren,” tribute campaign by skiing down their favorite mountain in his honor. Warren did not want a public memorial service, but encouraged people to ski their favorite run or do something outdoors in his memory. Fans can post to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #ripwarrenmiller for a chance to be included in the documentary.
The untitled film is currently in production.
About Lorton Entertainment
Lorton Entertainment is a film financing, production and distribution company lead by Julian Bird and Joe Berry, Jr.. Working in conjunction with companies and individuals in the film and television sectors, we use our unique blend of industry knowledge, access to diverse capital sources and exceptional execution capabilities to bring great ideas to the big and small screen. Key to Lorton’s investment philosophy is to source and finance the finest commercial ‘studio’ level projects in an aggressively priced fashion. Recent films include, Oasis Band, Supersonic (Mat Whitecross), Maradona (Asif Kapadia), On The Road (Michael Winterbottom), The Escape (Dominic Savage) and Adult Lifeskills (Rachel Tunnard).
BoBCat is a multi-platform video studio and production company founded by Emmy-winning hit makers Thom Beers and Jeff Conroy, alongside digital publishing innovator, Sarah Bernard. BoBCat focuses on non-fiction and unscripted storytelling ranging from linear TV and short-form digital to feature documentary and branded content. The team has created more than 50 television series across 15 networks, including notable franchises Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, and Storage Wars.
About O’Malley Creadon Productions
O’Malley Creadon Productions is one of the leading documentary teams in the United States. They have twice been nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and have received multiple awards and nominations for their work. Credits include Wordplay (2006), I.O.U.S.A. (2008), If You Build It (2014), All Work All Play (2015), and the 30 for 30 “Catholics vs. Convicts” (2016).