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A feature-length documentary film about avalanche controller, Kevin Fogolin's, terrifying helicopter crash and how it changed his life. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on June 22, 2014.

A feature-length documentary film about avalanche controller, Kevin Fogolin's, terrifying helicopter crash and how it changed his life.

About this project

The coast mountain range of British Columbia, Canada
The coast mountain range of British Columbia, Canada

Ascending deep into the mountains aboard a helicopter loaded with 500lbs of explosives, Kevin Fogolin is tasked with mitigating a potentially destructive avalanche that threatens a big-business hydro-electric project. After lighting the fuse and deploying a 50lb bomb, the unthinkable happens... As the helicopter slams into the mountain, Fogolin knows he is going to die.

Having spent most of his life trying to break the shackles of small town expectations, Fogolin finally pairs his career with his passion for snow - until everything is snatched away in an instant. Through a series of events stranger than fiction, he survives, and in the aftermath ultimately achieves the life he and his best friend dreamt of as kids. 

Set in the dramatic mountains of British Columbia, Canada, SNOWMAN is a film about risk, friendship, dreams, family, fear and redemption.

Snowman Kevin Fogolin in the field during production of SNOWMAN.
Snowman Kevin Fogolin in the field during production of SNOWMAN.

Why we need your support.

We are currently in the final stages of post production and all funds raised through this kickstarted campaign will go toward: 

  • sound design and mixing
  • music
  • color grading
  • artwork and marketing materials
  • buying supporting footage
  • insurance & things you never think about when you start making a movie

We are determined to finish this film no matter what, but your support will enable us to realize our ultimate vision for this project and ensure the highest production value. We won't be content until SNOWMAN is a visceral and emotive theatre experience. Thanks for helping us make this film awesome!

Cast and Crew

Featuring: Kevin Fogolin, Mike Douglas, Shane McConkey, Jonny Moseley and Chris Stethem 

Director: Mike Douglas 

Producers: Mike Douglas, Anthony Bonello, Blair Richmond and Jeff Thomas 

Executive Producer: Bruno Bertrand

Featuring music by Portugal. The Man

The crew captured massive avalanches in the coast mountains
The crew captured massive avalanches in the coast mountains

Ski Rewards

Salomon has been an amazing partner since day one of this project and they have kindly offered some of the standout skis from next season's range.  Pledge your support and receive 2014/15 Salomon skis before they are available to the public. All skis are signed by the Snowman himself, Kevin Fogolin, and pro-skier and director Mike Douglas.

*Ski length and model is not changeable. Please be sure the reward you select corresponds with the correct ski.

Snowman T-shirt with temporary design
Snowman T-shirt with temporary design

Reward Ski #9

Salomon Rocker 2 100 186cm
Salomon Rocker 2 100 186cm

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Salomon X-Tend 12
Salomon X-Tend 12

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Salomon X-Tend 12
Salomon X-Tend 12

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Salomon X-Tend 12
Salomon X-Tend 12

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Salomon X-Tend 12
Salomon X-Tend 12

 The Helicopter!

Our replica Hughes 500 used in the film
Our replica Hughes 500 used in the film

About Switchback Entertainment

Switchback Entertainment specializes in high quality, emotional storytelling. Based in the mountains of Whistler, BC, we have forged a name for ourselves through 8 seasons of the highly popular web series, Salomon Freeski TV, our internationally award winning short films, The Freedom Chair and Tempting Fear, as well as numerous outside the box marketing commercial campaigns. SNOWMAN is our first feature length project.

Risks and challenges

SNOWMAN has been a roller coaster ride as any creative endevor usually is. To date we have surmounted all the challenges and obstacles along the way. We've been shooting for the past 3 years, mirroring Kevin Fogolin as he tries to stay on top of the avalanche hazard in BC's Coast Mountains. The edit suite has become our second home as we try to stitch together a story that is both compelling and reflective. And of course, trying to do everything on a shoe-string budget.

Moving forward, the biggest challenges we face largely revolve around meeting our own expectations and goals for the film. Our target is to submit, and be accepted to major mainstream film festivals this Fall. We truly believe we have a great human story that will appeal to more than just people who live in the mountains. Leveraging the film into a position where it can be seen by the masses will ultimately be the final hurdle in this mad adventure we have undertaken.

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    Google #1- Salomon X-Tend 12 ski google (Red) is the one worn by Mike Douglas and the goggle he says is the best he's ever had. Goggle bag will be signed by Mike Douglas and Kevin Fogolin.

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    Ski #1- 14/15 Salomon Q90 Ski 185 cm.
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    Ski #2- 14/15 Salomon Q105 Ski 188 cm.
    Salomon's all mountain ski, the Q105 signed by Kevin Fogolin and Mike Douglas and featuring a Snowman Sticker.
    133-104-125 Length- 188 cm. (Does not include bindings)
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    Ski #3- 14/15 Salomon Q98 Ski 180 cm.
    The Q98 signed by Kevin Fogolin and Mike Douglas and featuring a Snowman Sticker.
    134-97-120 Length- 180 cm.
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    Ski #4- 14/15 Salomon Rockette Womens Ski 178 cm.
    The women's version of Salomon's famous deep powder ski signed by Kevin Fogolin and Mike Douglas and featuring a Snowman Sticker.
    144-115-129 Length- 178 cm.
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    Ski #5- 14/15 Salomon Lumen Womens Ski 170 cm.
    Salomon's popular women's all mountain ski signed by Kevin Fogolin and Mike Douglas and featuring a Snowman Sticker.
    131-96-117 Length- 170 cm.
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    Ski #9- 14/15 Salomon Rocker 2 100 Ski 186cms. Salomon's newest team favourite signed by Kevin Fogolin and Mike Douglas and featuring a Snowman Sticker. 131-100-124 Length- 186cms. Includes everything in the $75 rewards package.

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    Ski #8- 14/15 Salomon Rocker 2 122 Ski 184cms.
    Salomon's ultimate deep powder weapon signed by Kevin Fogolin and Mike Douglas and featuring a Snowman Sticker.
    144-122-132 Length- 184cms.
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    Ski #6- 14/15 Salomon Q115 Ski 178 cm.
    Salomon's big mountain slayer signed by Kevin Fogolin and Mike Douglas and featuring a Snowman Sticker.
    139-113-131 Length- 178 cm.
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    Ski #7- 14/15 Salomon Q Lab Ski 183 cm.
    A beefed up version of the popular Q105 signed by Kevin Fogolin and Mike Douglas and featuring a Snowman Sticker.
    133-104-125 Length- 183 cm.
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    Hughes 500 Helicopter! Well, sort of. This is a replica of the real helicopter we had built for the crash scene in the movie. It even used to fly before we crashed it repeatedly. It is approximately 70 cm long, 30cm tall, and weighs about 1 kg. PLUS everything in the $75 reward package.

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    A day skiing on Whistler Blackcomb with the "Godfather" himself, Mike Douglas on the Salomon skis of your preference. Includes Lift tickets and lunch.
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    * Travel to Whistler Blackcomb and accommodation not included.

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    Join the Snowman team as an Associate Producer with your name in the opening title sequence.
    PLUS an invite to join the crew at the World Premiere (Date and location TBA)
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