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VIMFF x Darkhorse


25 mins |
Canada |
  • Canadian
  • Mountain Culture
  • Snowsports
Bryan Smith, Cameron Sylvester
LANGUAGE(S): English


In today’s era of outdoor adventure sports, where social media followers, engagement and ‘likes’ have shaped the industry, an important question remains unanswered: If a snowboarder rides a steep, exposed line in the Whistler backcountry and no one sees it or hears it, did it really happen? Joe Lax would put this age-old philosophical debate to rest— “Who cares”?

Darkhorse is an observational documentary following Joe Lax, a 44 year old Pemberton local, who’s created a life defined by snowboarding, family and wildfire. Despite his accolades amongst the mountains over the last two decades, he remains one of the most accomplished backcountry riders you’ve never heard of. And he’s happy to keep it that way.

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This film was part of VIMFF 2024 and is no longer available for viewing.


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