BendFilm Festival 2021

Buried: The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche - Best Doc and Best Editing Winner

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In the early 1980’s the Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol were the undisputed gods of winter in the mountain hamlet of Tahoe City, California, and they were guided by a newly minted avalanche forecaster named Jim Plehn. The responsibility to keep the skiing public safe on these avalanche-prone mountains was an all-consuming obsession for Jim, which made the day of March 31, 1982 all the more devastating. When millions of pounds of snow hurtled down the side of the mountain, demolishing the resort’s base lodge and burying the parking lot, the shell-shocked patrol team had to persevere under unrelenting weather conditions to rescue seven missing victims, hoping desperately for a miracle.

Programmer Notes:

This is a truly thrilling and emotional journey. The lifestyle of the ski patrol, the avalanche, the search and rescue operation and the aftermath are portrayed very effectively and powerfully. 

About the Director:

Jared spent most of his 20s in the film industry as a writer, director, and editor on a wide range of projects: narrative, branded, long form, short form, some funny, some sad. The Hollywood Reporter called his directorial debut film Visioneers (Zach Galifianakis) "an assured first feature." Jared parlayed his passion for helping writers tell their stories into Wildbound Literary PR and Management, a boutique firm he started with his wife that promotes and helps publish and promote reputable authors. He lives full-time in Lake Tahoe with his wife and two sons.

Steven Siig first picked up a camera at the age of 19 to document his friends skiing steep lines. That grew into an action sports documentary career that took Siig to Alaska and South America to film snow sports and adventure travel for numerous productions such as Warren Miller Entertainment, TGR, Standard, and Matchstick Productions. He lives full-time in Lake Tahoe with his wife and three children.

Buried: The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche is Sponsored by Katahdin Financial

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  • Runtime
    101 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    Northwest Premiere (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana)
  • Director
    Jared Drake & Steven Siig