Scott Blum, Colin Langlois, and Chris Grenier outside the Laurelhurt Theater. p: T. Bird
Mikey Rencz. Whistler. p: Oli Gagnon
Aaron Leyland, Mikey Rencz, Chris Owen, and Jameson Keegan. p: T. Bird
For many of the riders in 'Resolution' who made the trek to the Pacific Northwest for the first look at their season's effort, the night started early at Harmon’s bar. If you had happened to walk into the restaurant side that night, you would find yourself face to face with a posse of snowboarding industry heads and pros, including 'Resolution' riders Chris Grenier, Harrison Gordon, Scott Blum, 'Resolution' Co-Director John Cavan, T. Bird, Pat Bridges, Salomon's Kevin Stevenson and Greg Covello, and 'Resolution' cinematographer Kyle Schwartz, all messily crammed into the center of the dining area, jackets shed, drinks amassed on the tables. Laughter echoed off the walls and the remnants of Pat’s fried clams lingered in between good company. We had arrived at seven, which gave ample time for football to be watched. Grenier paid no mind to the individuals trying to enjoy their dinner; if a touchdown was about to happen, everyone knew because of Chris’ standing chants and hand claps. East Coast’s finest. While we finished drinks and the game's clock ticked down, we were moments away from a winter's worth of this crew's work being displayed before an audience--a year of collectively toiling in the street, in the backcountry and in front of the computer screen--but there was no weight in the air. This was about people who really enjoyed one another's company, friends, who had gotten the opportunity to spend time collaborating on something together. Pressure was absent; before the intro titling rolled, this was a celebration.
Time was passing, beers were slippery, wine warmed the soul, and it was almost nine o’clock. Laurelhurst Theater was about one left turn and twenty steps across the street away. In my pocket I had three spare ticket stubs, just in case any friends hadn’t RSVP’d ahead of time. It was predicted that every seat would be filled and that was not far off. The timely crowd was an assortment of familiar and unfamiliar faces including Curtis Ciszek, Bryan Fox, Jesse Grandkoski, Evan Lefevre, Cale Meyer, Austin Smith, Tyler Orton, Mikey Rencz, Jake Blauvelt, Colin Langlois, Andy Wright, Trent Ludwig, Lucas Magoon’s Aunt Kim, Jon Ray, Kurt Heine, Beef, Richie Konklin, Andy Adams, Mattie Casey and Luisa--the usual Portland guys who work for shoe companies, kids carrying cruiser boards, fans of snowboarding, Washington natives, plus many more. I eventually walked inside and ordered a glass of wine. A movie theater that serves booze. It really suited the situation. They had chalkboard-illustrated signs and I immediately thought of Pinterest and was put off. Classic Portland.
Grendies. Southborough, MA. p: T. Bird