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In Purple Mountains, snowboarder Jeremy Jones searches swing states for a path forward on climate

September 11, 2020, 10:46 am

Protect Our Winters was founded by snowboarder Jeremy Jones to combat climate change, and he has a new film out seeking to bridge the political divide on the issue. Last year, RealVail.com profiled POW Executive Director Mario Molina at Vail and filed stories for the Vail Daily and Real Vail. Here’s the press release on Jones’ new film, Purple Mountains:

Boulder, CO (September 8, 2020) – In a search for a united path forward on climate policy through a shared love of the outdoors, iconic snowboarder and environmentalist Jeremy Jones stars in Purple Mountains presented by Protect Our Winters.

Protect Our Winter’s Jeremy Jones

The new hour-long documentary directed by Josh ‘Bones’ Murphy (Artifishal) and produced by Liars & Thieves and Teton Gravity Research premieres in an online event on Wednesday, September 16. Click here for the official trailer.

Purple Mountains follows Jones’ journey to engage his detractors, consider the future of clean air, clean water and a healthy planet, and search for common ground in the mountains — one voter at a time.

“I’ve always wondered if we’re really as divided as they say we are. We’re still all Americans at the core,” said Jones. “So I decided there’s only one way to find out; to meet my neighbors and other people who love the outdoors as much as I do and head outside to find where we agree and how we can move forward.

“With climate action we’re simply asking for policies that offer clean air, clean water and a sustainable future for all people. What I’m searching to learn in this film is ‘Why is that ask so polarizing?’”

Jones has an intimate relationship with the outdoors, which are his escape and where his legacy is rooted. But, over the course of his 45 years, he’s seen things change: more extreme weather, fewer snow days and economic strain on mountain towns.

Motivated to protect the places he loves, Jeremy sets out on a physical and philosophical journey to find common ground with others who live to play outdoors across diverse political backgrounds. He learns their hopes and fears, while walking a mile in their shoes.

With emotion set against breathtaking backdrops, Purple Mountains navigates America’s divide with a refreshing perspective: even though we may disagree about climate policy, our shared values and love of outdoor sports have the power to unite us.

Purple Mountains premieres in a special online event followed by a live Q&A with Jones and Murphy on Wednesday, September 16 at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Find screenings, RSVP for access to the world premiere, and starting on Sept 17 stream the film for free at PurpleMountainsFilm.com.

“With the country more divided than ever on issues including climate change, Purple Mountains is a film about stepping outside of our political bubbles and truly listening. It’s about finding common ground through a shared love of the outdoors and sports,” says Murphy. “The film captures Jeremy’s evolution as an athlete, activist, business owner and father, and follows him as he forges toward a common future where clean air, clean water and a healthy environment are the priority.”

Jeremy Jones is widely regarded as one of the most legendary big mountain riders and explorers of all-time. Jones was named a 2013 National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” and eleven times voted “Big Mountain Rider of the Year” by Snowboarder Magazine. Jeremy has starred in more than 50 snowboard films, including his highly acclaimed, human-powered snowboarding trilogy Deeper, Further and Higher produced by Teton Gravity Research.

In 2007 Jeremy founded Protect Our Winters, a global cause uniting the winter sports community against climate change and was recognized in 2013 as a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama.

“Having worked with Jeremy on more than 35 films, we were super excited when he brought the initial Purple Mountains concept to us,” said Todd Jones, Teton Gravity Research. “This is Jeremy’s most cause-based film to date, and it is amazing to have helped him bring it to life.”

The film is presented by Protect Our Winters, in partnership with Clif Bar, the Manitou Fund and Sitka Gear. The impact campaign is being directed by Sound Off Films.

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