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A new documentary executive produced by ski-racing legend Bode Miller called “The Paradise Paradox” focuses on “the hidden mental health crisis unfolding in America’s picturesque mountain towns.”
It comes on the heels of Mental Illness Awareness Week and during October, which is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month, and it uses the same alliterative title RealVail.com used in headlining a story on the topic in 2019.
Here’s the press release information on the new film:
Los Angeles, CA and Park City, UT — October 6, 2023 — Today, Podium Pictures, an Emmy Award-winning film studio dedicated to producing impactful media that addresses global challenges through powerful storytelling unveils its striking documentary, “The Paradise Paradox.” Executive produced by Olympic ski racer and gold medalist, Bode Miller, and Emmy Award-winning impact sports filmmaker Brett Rapkin (HBO’s The Weight of Gold), in association with Alterra Mountain Company, the eye-opening documentary shines a light on the hidden mental health crisis afflicting America’s idyllic mountain towns.
About the Film
“The Paradise Paradox” unravels the stark realities leading to disproportionately high suicide rates in America’s mountain towns and across the snow sports industry, including isolation, the lack of behavioral health services, stigma, and systemic issues in the healthcare and insurance systems. A “party culture” can exacerbate and complicate existing mental health issues, driving a cycle of unhealthy self-medication. And the stark economic gap among both visitors and local residents elevates mental health stress, as rising living costs and income disparity take a toll on the community’s well-being.
Yet, in the midst of these challenges, a resilient spirit of unity and hope emerges. The film features compelling narratives not only from local heroes who are confronting these challenges head-on, but also from renowned figures like Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin. Together, they delve beneath the scenic vistas to reveal painful realities and the inspiring journeys of communities unifying to confront the issues they face.
Premiere, Screenings and National Community Action Tour
In an effort to elevate public awareness, inspire critical conversations, and catalyze actionable solutions to the burgeoning mental health challenges surrounding mountain towns, Podium Pictures will soon kick off a national Community Action Tour designed to bring together a coalition of individuals and organizations to host educational community screenings of the film. More information about the film, the Community Action Tour, and screenings can be found at ParadiseParadoxFilm.com.
On Friday, October 6, 2023, “The Paradise Paradox” premieres at an invite-only event in Park City, Utah at Eccles Center for Performing Arts. A guided meditation led by renowned Andean Shaman Elena Radford sets a reflective tone for the event. After the screening, a panel discussion featuring Bode Miller, Brett Rapkin, and other notable community advocates will dive into the issues confronted by the film. (Note: Limited invite-only press seats and interviews available.)
Future screenings will feature discussions, Q&As, and panels, enriching the audience’s experience and engagement with the film’s pivotal themes. Participants will include community mental health organizations, civic leaders, key stakeholders, and the general public. The tour aims to reach community leaders, ski clubs, schools and resorts, including Alterra Mountain Company’s North American locations, amplifying its reach to communities nationwide. The ultimate goal is to not only raise awareness but to inspire actionable change, driving both local and national stakeholders to conceive, collaborate, and implement creative and effective solutions to the mental health challenges unveiled in the film.
About Podium Pictures:
Podium Pictures is an Emmy Award-winning film studio and the global leader in social impact sports storytelling. For the past two decades Podium’s work has been centered on informing, inspiring and igniting action around some of today’s most poignant but overlooked social issues. Known for producing the celebrated feature-length HBO documentary “The Weight of Gold” in partnership with Michael Phelps, the Emmy Award-nominated film revealed the deep psychological struggles many Olympians face and helped create institutional change for Team USA and its athletes. Podium Pictures combines compelling narratives with innovative distribution strategies to inspire change, engage communities, and elevate conversations around the most important social issues.
About Podium Society:
Podium Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, partnering with leading philanthropists and organizations globally to create impactful media that leverages storytelling to address humanity’s pressing challenges. With a focus on mental health and wellness, the environment, social justice, and gender equity, Podium Society is committed to producing content that inspires change and impacts lives. For more information, visit https://podiumsociety.org/.
About Alterra Mountain Company:
Alterra Mountain Company is a family of iconic year-round mountain destinations, the world’s largest heli-skiing operation, and Ikon Pass – the premier ski and snowboard season pass offering access to more than 50 iconic mountain destinations around the world. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado and born out of a shared love of the mountains and adventure, the company has brought together some of the world’s most aspirational brands, including: Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado; Palisades Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Valley in California; Stratton Mountain and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec and Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Schweitzer in Idaho; Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah; and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia. Also included in the portfolio are Alpine Aerotech, a worldwide helicopter support and maintenance service center in British Columbia, Canada, Aspenware, the ski industry leader in technology services and e-commerce, and Ski Butlers, the global leader in ski and snowboard rental delivery. For more information, please visit www.alterramtn.co.