CLOSING NOTES

Film

Extreme auteurs, athletes and adolescents

Brian D. Johnson December 2 2002
CLOSING NOTES

Film

Extreme auteurs, athletes and adolescents

Brian D. Johnson December 2 2002

Film

CLOSING NOTES

MUSIC I 72

John Mayer and his hot licks This 25-year-old from Fairfield, Conn., is confident-some would say arrogant. But he’s undeniably a guitar whiz and has reached a wide audience with his singing and songwriting prowess. And he’s recently discovered what he wants to be when he grows up.

PEOPLE I 73

The couplethat dances together Skater Kurt Browning and ballerina Sonia Rodriguez make time for a TV special and each other.

Extreme auteurs, athletes and adolescents

Who says Canadians can’t make action pictures? The country’s new generation of filmmakers are adolescents armed with digital video cameras. And their stars are teen daredevils. Early in November, Daniel Kingsbury, 15, of Roberts Creek, B.C., became the youngest director ever to win a prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The Essence of Adolescence is a zippy sevenminute montage of stunts involving skateboards, snowboards, skis and BMXbikesquick-cut to hip hop, punk and reggae tunes. Kingsbury sailed over a pack of older, professional competitors to win the Best Film on Mountain Sports award. Along with other Banff winners, Essence of Adolescence will tour Canada and 28 countries around the world. Kingsbury aspires to be another

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Steven Spielberg—“he started at a really young age, like I did.” But his festival coup would not have been possible without his mother, Bronia. She jumped in to clear the rights for the songs on the soundtrack so he could show the film without being sued.

Another young director, Angus Borsos, 16, from North Vancouver, has made a 40minute skateboard video, Sickness and Health, with a cast of teen extreme athletes, including his 13-year-old brother, Silas. Son of the late director Phillip Borsos (The Grey Fox), Angus has filmed a funny, affectionate ode to kids who fly over railings, stairs and concrete abutments. Angus has staged a few public screenings for friends. But the footage is set to a soundtrack packed with hits. So if he wants to take the film any higher, his mother will have to start shopping for the rights to Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones. BRIAN D. JOHNSON

BRIAN D. JOHNSON