Winter is coming, and to get people ready, the Youth Outreach Program for the Performing Arts Center (YOPAC) will premiere Warren Miller‘s 62nd annual winter film, “…Like There’s No Tomorrow,” at the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Nov. 15.
Miller’s latest film takes viewers on a tour across five continents, where professionals “shredded powder” in locations such as Squaw Valley, Calif., New Hampshire’s Mount Washington and the Himalayas in Gulmarg.
Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley narrates the film, which features athletes such as Jess McMillan, Daron Rahlves and Steve Nyman as they conquer peaks of untouched snow filmed in Miller’s innovative style.
The premiere is to benefit YOPAC, which provides local K-12 students the opportunity to participate in the performing arts as audience members, performers and enthusiasts.
“We open our world-class facilities for K-12 students to attend matinee performances and get involved with the performing arts,” outreach services specialist Melody Klemin said. “We also have a program called Young Artists Onstage, where we allow local schools to use our stage at a reduced rental rate.”
YOPAC relies on fundraising events to keep the program alive.
And Klemin said Miller’s films are always a fun, energetic way to raise a lot of money and inform people of the outreach program.
“…Like There’s No Tomorrow” will be presented at the PAC in high definition, which will give attendees a crystal-clear view of the slopes.
Attendees will also have the chance to win one of many prizes, courtesy of Mountain Air Sports.
“We usually give away T-shirts, hats and a few board bags,” Mountain Air Sports manager Josh Haring said. “Everyone also gets a discount coupon for $25 off any purchase over $100.”
Aside from the opportunity to win prizes, all attendees will receive a free all-day lift pass to China Peak. This pass can also be exchanged at China Peak’s booth at the premier to receive up to $50 off the price of a season pass, dropping the price to $99 for college students.
China Peak Ski Resort is located northeast of Fresno in the Sierra National Forest and is currently making snow to add to the base of 10 to 18 inches so it can open before Thanksgiving.
With their free pass in hand, attendees will see Miller’s passion for skiing and winter shown through his innovative style of filming — which features the use of helicopters — his photography, witty commentary and use of top professionals in the sport.
He has been making films for more than 50 years, and is world-renowned for pushing professionals to go above and beyond when creating his masterpieces. And for students such as electrical engineering junior Brad Jackman, the lure of Miller’s mix of extreme sports and art is enough to make the premier a must-see.
“I love the artistic style of (Miller’s) films and the insane locations he films at,” electrical engineering junior Brad Jackman said. “This premier sounds like a great deal, I get to see an epic film and get a free ski pass? Count me in!”
The premiere is Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., with tickets available at the PAC Ticket Office, $15 for adults and $12 for students.