Moving Mountains

Neu Productions and Pro Skier Jen Hudak Announce Fall Release of “Moving Mountains”

Breckenridge-based production company releases trailer for a fall 2011 web-based ski film series featuring professional skier, X Games Gold Medalist and Olympic hopeful, Jen Hudak

BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO- April 27, 2011 – Neu Productions, a Breckenridge based production company, proudly announces a new short film series featuring two-time X-games gold medalist and women’s freeskiing advocate, Jen Hudak.  “Moving Mountains” is a four-part film series that follows Jen through her 2010-2011 season as she travels the globe, pushing the limits and pursuing her dreams.

As a 2014 Olympic hopeful, Jen hopes this series will motivate others to commit to what they are passionate about, as she has done with her skiing.  Jen explains, “This is not just about the skiing- it is about everything that goes into it and everything you get in return.  It is about the hard work and dedication, the triumph, and the failure.”

The first film in the inspirational four-part series is scheduled to be released in September, 2011, and a full-length TV show will be available on The Ski Channel in late fall.  In Jen’s words, “The series takes a really honest look into one of the toughest seasons of my career.  I was given obstacles to overcome, and in doing so I grew as a human being.  There are always lessons to be learned from these situations. You always gain insight into another piece of yourself.”

John says, “It is amazing to work with Jen, her ability to perform at the highest level, articulate her struggles and triumphs, and smile along the way is inspiring.  Simply, I can’t wait for people to see this project, we focused a great deal on story and hope to reach an audience not just within the core ski community but on the mainstream level as well."

Similarly, Jen states, “John Roderick’s cinematography and editing is amazing.  From the second I saw his work, I knew I wanted Neu Productions to produce my project, I couldn’t be happier with our decision to collaborate.”

To view the trailer for “Moving Mountains”: http://vimeo.com/22921112.

Jen and John would like to thank the sponsors that made this project possible: Under Armour, The Stone Clinic, Paul Mitchell and Volkl/Marker.

 

To celebrate their upcoming fall 2011 web-series, Neu Productions proudly releases, “Moving Mountains” trailer.

 

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Neu Productions is a diverse production resource company based in Breckenridge Colorado, producing innovative content that bridges both commercial and endemic visions to produce powerful branded content.

www.neuproductions.com

 

Newly refurbished www.jenhudak.com features recent photos, blog, schedule, sponsors, etc.  The site showcases insight into Jens amazing personality.  By following links provided on her website you can personally connect with on her Facebook fan page and Twitter.   Jen is a professional skier of 7 years.  Based in Salt Lake City, UT.

 

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Japan: That's A Wrap!

I just got home from a long, fantastic trip to Japan.  The entire trip was incredible- we lucked out on snow conditions in both places (Niseko and Asahidake) as it started to dump as soon as I arrived at each location.  I got to ski with some new people (Ingrid Backstrom) and some familiar people in new locations (Justin Dorey, Mike Riddle and Julian Carr).  I was able to push myself in terrain other than a halfpipe and got to ski in Japan outside of a competition for the first time! The skiing was phenomenal, but there is so much more to Japan than just what takes place on the snow. (See previous posts for ski pictures!) So, I headed down to Tokyo  with John Roderick (www.neuproductions.com), Erik Seo and Julian Carr to spend 4 days in the surrounding area.  We visited Kamakura and saw the Hachiman-gu Shrine and The Great Buddah; we took a bullet train to see Mt. Fuji  and ended up stumbling upon a seaside town called Atami; we took in the sights and sounds in Tokyo itself (Shibuya, Roppongi, Akhiabara and Shinagawa) and got a great dose of refreshingly cool culture.

It feels nice to be home, and though I'm ready to sleep in my own bed, Japan was the perfect supplement to my contest filled season.  I was thrilled to be able to spend that time with such wonderful people and I thoroughly enjoy the irony that the most time I've spent with my boyfriend in the last 6 months was 7,000 miles from home!

Japan:Moving Mountains

First off, I would like to apologize for the lack of photos in this blog post. The lodge that I am currently staying at doesn't have wifi... so I'm using the public computer in the lobby.  Uploading pictures is a no-go. That being said...  The Giro shoot wrapped up 2 days ago in Niseko. Overall the trip was a success. It was great to spend time with Riddle and Dorey as we were all skiing out of our element. I think we all learned a thing or two from Ingrid... Major thanks go out to Giro for arranging the whole trip (especially you, Chuck Platt) and to Mitch (our guide from Black Diamond Lodge). I finally got to ski the infamous Japan pillow lines and avalanche barriers- they were more fun than I had even imagined!

On Wednesday it was time to meet up with a new crew for a new mission.  I made the journey from Niseko to Sapporo and met up with filmer/editor extrodinaire John Roderick (www.neuproductions.com), kick-a** photog Erik Seo (www.erikseo.com), my awesome boyfriend Julian Carr (www.discreteheadwear.com) and our guide Nobu Murai. It was time to experience the isolated parts of the Japanese Mountains to the North near Furano.  To step even further away from the contest scene, away from sponsors, away from business. It was time to reintroduce myself to the joys of skiing, of creativity, of fun.

With a 5 am wake-up call on Thursday morning, we loaded the van and arrived at our hotel. By 9:20 we were on the tram. By 10 am we were about ready to throw in the towel. Conditions were about as bad as they could have been for Japan. There was one aspect that still had manageable snow on it, but everything else was severely sun-crusted or bullet proof. The first line I tried to ski, I dropped in thinking the snow would be decent. I sank into the sun-crusted layer and as I tried to turn to the left, my skis kept going straight. I lost balance and tumbled down the hill, rolling sideways stright into a tree. My knees weren't stoked. There was nothing to do but laugh, so I did- quite heartily- and shortly thereafter everyone else laughed too. Thankfully Julian was there to keep the confidence up. He is incredible for that. (Maybe that's why he can successfully front-flip 200+ ft cliffs). 

Julian managed to find a few airs to get off of, and after a mini-melt down from me got me to ski a small line and drop into snow that resembled conditions I skied when I blew my right knee. By the end of the day I was feeling a bit more with the conditions and managed to get off of a few decent airs myself. Overcoming fears always feels good.  We were all proud of the effort yesterday. We worked hard for the shots that we got, and though they weren't many, they were as good as they could've been.  But we were all wondering what we would do in the coming days. We needed snow, a lot of snow.

Apparently the snow-gods were listening and they blessed us with a bit of a storm. When we woke this morning and looked outside, it was clear that there would be some fresh snow, but we figured only about 6-10". It would help. We could milk some pow turns, but we would still have to look for that northern aspect and jumping off of anything might still be questionable.  We headed out, slightly skeptical but mostly optimistic.

It didn't take long to realize that it had in fact snowed about half a meter up top.  Right away we were getting face shots.  The new snow was deep and it didn't seem to be letting up. From run to run, our bootpack would be filled with new snow.  This went on all day. We got shot after shot. I skied some of the deepest snow of my life and got to do it with one of my favorite people. I got to ski for me again and it was extremely refreshing. A few airs, lots of pow turns and endless smiles.

I am so grateful for this life and am so grateful for moments like this that provide the reminder. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and forget just how lucky we are.  Life is a blessing. Remember to try to make the most of it everyday, and you'll be on a good path.

Kampai. (Cheers, in Japanese)

xo

Jen