Film on local ski maker wins Wyoming Short Film Contest

(Wyoming) - The Wyoming Film Office just announced that “Igneous Skis ,” a film by WZRD (directed by Galen Knowles), is the winner of this year’s Wyoming Short Film Contest. Shot on location in Wyoming, the film takes a look at engineer and skier Mike Parris, as well as his handcrafted ski company, Igneous Skis. Knowles describes the film’s origin, saying, “When I heard the story of Mike Parris, who began his career as a robotics engineer at Carnegie Melon and then transitioned into just creating some of the most bomb-proof, elegant, and secretive custom skis in the industry that happened to be based out of Jackson Hole – I was immediately captivated and said, ‘I’m in.'” Watch the short video here: VIDEO Now in its ninth year, the Wyoming Short Film Contest awarded $25,000 to WZRD which will now have the opportunity to produce their next project using those funds. Knowles was honored to be announced as this year’s winner and gave some hints on what the prize money will be used for. “We want to use this prize money to create bigger and better projects,” he said. “Give someone the opportunity to create and you never know what they might be capable of.” “We decided to try something a little different this year, asking filmmakers to answer the question ‘WY am I here?’ The folks behind ‘Igneous Skis’ did an amazing job with the theme. They managed to capture the quirky, adventurous spirit that makes Wyoming such a special place. I’m just happy that the Film Office could be a part of their project, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do next,” said Wyoming Film Office Film Production Senior Coordinator, Colin Stricklin, Although Knowles’s production company WZRD is currently based in Salt Lake, it was formed in Wyoming and operated in Jackson throughout the summer and fall. “Wyoming offers so much open space and natural beauty that I think has a positive effect on our creativity,” said Knowles. “There’s such an eclectic community of creative and free thinkers there that really inspire thinking outside the box. We’ve been lucky to tap into a community of mentors in the filmmaking community that we’ve learned so much from over the years.” “This contest is designed to support independent filmmakers, both in-state and out-of-state,” Stricklin said. “It’s our goal to show off Wyoming to the larger world, and after nine years this contest continues to grow and improve.” You can still watch all of this year’s short film contest entries at Feature Photo: Screenshot of Mike Parris from the video. #buckrail #news