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Ride The White Heat

Starring: Brian Barb, Preston Stout, Luke Mathison, Ben Fee.
Directed by: Ben Fee
Rated: SICK

So you missed the premiere, but let me tell you, it was sweet. Filmmaker Ben Fee enjoyed a reception of many Plymouth students, snowboarders and non snowboarders alike, as well as some of the film’s stars from around New England. Attendees were even privileged to a cameo by the one and only Shane Flood, who was psyched that his part was set to New Kids on the Block, and even the Rookie Sensation was there. At the post party, many a “did you see my part,” was uttered by the peanut gallery, in reference to background props or even a short snowbike clip. All in all, it was a good time, one which is sure to not be had at Plymouth again for a long, long time. Suckers. However, you should read the review anyway.

Plymouth State College is in for a special treat this Friday, the premiere of Ride.

Andy Benhardt is just one of the extreme athletes you’ll be privileged to in the new Bendini Production.

Photo Brooke Geery

The White Heat, the new film from Bendini Productions. You might remember such Bendini films as Barb’s Trout, featuring the Rookie Sensation Brian Barb. The newest feature will not disappoint fans of the old films, as it packs the same amount of snowboard trickery and comedic antics as the previous.

At this point, most of you will have no idea what I am talking about, so I’ll regress. Ride the White Heat is the official film selection of the Plymouth State College Snowboard and Skateboard club. It is compiled of various footage shot over the last season as close as right here on a campus, and as far away as Mt. Snow, VT. The majority of the film takes place on the sunny slopes of Loon and Waterville, where many of Plymouth’s finest athletes do tricks with funny names like Rodeos and Board slides.

The film features riders such as Luke Mathison from Airwalk, Brian Barb from MIA and Shane Flood from Lib Technologies. While the editing technology used by the film (two VCR’s and 13 inch television) didn’t much allow for things such as titles, credits or clean cuts between clips, director Ben Fee did an incredible job with what he had. Even in the age of digital film and iMac’s he keeps it real old school.

The film is set to a soundtrack second to none. Although you may have heard Ben’s show Volcanus on WPCR, there is surprisingly little ghetto rap. Instead riders shred to music from all genres, pop, rock and soul.

In between the extreme snowboard footage, the viewer can enjoy such skits at Ben Fee’s Millennial Memories, Preston Strout’s dream date with Rachel Leigh Cook (the chick from She’s All That), and a heated discussion about snowboard waxing techniques. Even a non-snowboarder should be able to find humor in these things, and maybe even the wreck section could provide a few chuckles. Just pretend it’s America’s Funniest Home Videos, and you’ll be able to stop laughing. Indeed, Ride The White Heat is one of the most comical films to come out this spring, and unlike comedies such as The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas or Deuce Bigalo, when the film tries to make you laugh, it always succeeds. Other film highlights include an un-billed cameo by yours truly and exclusive footage of the elusive Mike Parziale.

If you miss the snow already, or just want to laugh at stupid snowboard antics, then your destination should be Plymouth State College, Hyde Building Room 220 on this Friday night, May 12, 2000. The premiere will start at 8:00 pm sharp, and will be followed by a cast party at the Blue Lodge in Plymouth. Admission is free, so you have no excuse. Check it out.

-Brooke Geery

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