Kuzma host­ing sports film pre­miere


Wanaka Olympian free skier Janina Kuzma stars in a new all­women, ex­treme sports film, Shades of Win­ter: Be­tween, premier­ing at Cin­ema Par­adiso on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Kuzma is New Zealand’s top fe­male free skier and stars along­side Olympic gold medal­list Ju­lia Man­cuso, of the US, two-time Freeride World Tour cham­pion Na­dine Wall­ner, of Aus­tria, Evelina Nils­son, of Swe­den, pro skier and film­maker San­dra Lahn­steiner, and the late Matilda Ra­pa­port of Swe­den.

Three-time world surf cham­pion Carissa Moore fea­tures in two surf­ing seg­ments.

The New Zealand pre­miere screen­ings will be an op­por­tu­nity to see the 90-minute fea­ture film be­fore it is dis­trib­uted more widely next year.

The screen­ings are also fundrais­ers for a foun­da­tion be­ing set up to re­mem­ber Ra­pa­port, who died aged 30 in an avalanche in Chile on July 18.

Be­tween was a two-year project for Lahn­steiner and fea­tures the women con­quer­ing chal­leng­ing slopes in New Zealand’s South­ern Alps, Alaska, Hawaii, Nor­way, Canada, and the Euro­pean Alps.

It is the third film in the Shades of Win­ter series. Kuzma has fea­tured in all three films, and ini­ti­ated seg­ments filmed on the Mount Larkins Range, near Glenorchy, as well as in and around Wanaka.

‘‘It was a dream of mine to one day get the [film] crew to New Zealand to film a seg­ment. New Zealand has some of the best ter­rain in the world avail­able by he­li­copter and I wanted to show­case that. When San­dra pro­posed the movie Be­tween to me I said she had to film in New Zealand, and we made it hap­pen.’’

Kuzma is ranked world no 4 in half­pipe and in Be­tween re­turns to her big moun­tain ski­ing roots.

‘‘Even though I started out as a free rider, a lot of peo­ple know me as a half­pipe skier. It’s nice to be able to show peo­ple the other side of what I do, and that I still freeride.’’

Snows­ports ath­letes at­tend­ing the VIP pre­miere on Novem­ber 25 in­clude Beau-James Wells, Sam Smoothy, Ni­cola Campbell, Anna Smoothy, Sam Lee, Craig Mur­ray and Fraser McDougall.

Cin­ema Par­adiso, Fri­day Novem­ber 25, VIP pre­miere, 8pm for drinks and nib­bles. Satur­day Novem­ber 26, gen­eral pub­lic screen­ing, 8.30pm. Tick­ets $15.


Janina Kuzma at the 2015 Win­ter Games NZ at Cardrona.

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