It was easy for me just to make a film about every skier’s dream — to get on a bus and travel all over the United States and ski everywhere for free and get paid for it…
Three years ago this week Dick Barrymore passed away three ago this week. He died in Ketchum ID on August 1 at the age of 74. Barrymore was a pioneer filmmaker and one of the last ski bums.
Barrymore was an inspiration and mentor for Greg Stump, from spectator as a kid in Maine to skier in one of his movies as a 19 year old. Stump paid hommage to Barrymore in his own brekthrough movie, Blizzard of AAhhh’s. His movie was also said to be a main influence for Wayne Wong.
Filmmaker like Dick Barrymore, John Jay and Warren Miller all belong to a generation of ski moviemaker that the popularized the medium. In fact, all three are inducted in the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame.
For this Friday Night, I presented to you part of those K2 Assignment ski films Barrymore made. This clip reallty capture the essence of his movies.
Two of his greatest movies, The Last of the Ski Bums and The Performers, can be found with several movies from John Jay and Otto Lang in the DVD boxset Classic Ski Films.
More on Dick Barrymore:
A great piece by Gordy Skoog who actually skied in his movies.
Skiing with the Master – Dick Barrymore
By Gordy Skoog, Great Outdoors.com – October 30th, 2008
Doing It All And Breaking Even
By Michelle Quigley, MountainZone.com
Dick Barrymore, pioneer filmmaker of action skiing, dies at 74: One of the last ski bums passes away in Ketchum
By Jeff Cordes, Idaho Mountain Express on August 6, 2008
Barrymore’s success came from his involvement in every aspect of production. He did most of his own filming with hand-held cameras and was the sole editor. He narrated and selected the music. At one time he personally narrated 65 live shows a year in one-night stands around the United States.
Biography from the US Ski Hall of Fame
Dick Barrymore was one of a small group of ski movie makers who traveled each year throughout the country showing and personally narrating their latest creations. He made nine 90 minute films including, The Last Ski Bums and 30 short films. He caught on two of his films some of the earliest days of freestyle skiing. His sense of humor and creativity delighted hundreds of thousands of ski enthusiasts and helped to promote the sport. In 1997 he published BREAKING EVEN, his autobiography which chronicled many adventures during his colorful career.