The tragic and inspiring story of ski-BASE jumper Shane McConkey.
McConkeyLandmark Regent Theatre (1045 Broxton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024) Map it $10
One of the most influential skiers of all time, Shane McConkey's story is both tragic and inspiring. The son of a famous extreme skier, McConkey was raised by his mom and groomed to compete with the US Ski Team. When he didn't make the cut, his life began spiraling downward. But rather than give up on his dreams, he carved a new path for himself that eventually led to jumping off snowy cliffs with skis strapped to his feet and a parachute on his back. While in Italy in 2009, a jump went horribly wrong and McConkey lost his life. Five filmmakers, many of whom were close friends with McConkey, have collaborated on a heartfelt documentary produced by Red Bull that effectively captures the spirit of the man. Edited from footage that McConkey himself had a hand in recording, this crowd-pleaser is loaded with jaw-dropping action footage and succeeds in being both poignant and thought-provoking.