Ode To Avalanche

6mins | 1998 | DocumentaryTVG
Ken Bailey

Winner of Best Short Film at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, "Ode to Avalanche" is director Ken Bailey's homage to both the terrifying beauty of killer avalanches and the sublime power of Beethoven's great "Ode to Joy."  

A tour de force of adventure cinematography, Bailey placed cameras in the paths of high-mountain avalanches in the Rockies, taking the viewer literally in the path of their deadly onrush; while filming them up close from helicopters and at a distance with tele-photo lenses.  Never before have we been given this close-up view of the sheer terror and unquestioned beauty of one of Nature's most feared phenomena. 

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