Peter Chrzanowski

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


PETER CHRZANOWSKI: writer, producer and director, BA , DGC (Full Director-Directors Guild of Canada) cel/voice 604-813-2200 , petercperu@yahoo.ca , www.explorex.net. www.itv.net/extreme. I am now offering an extreme film course in Whistler April 13-20 Adventure Ski and Snowboard Filmmaking Course to be Offered at Whistler from April 13 – 20 Whether you're looking to improve the quality of the videos that you post to youtube or are looking to enter the realm of professional action sports video production, you're sure to learn plenty at this intensive week-long course hosted by noted Whistler videographer Peter "Peru " Chrzanowski. This is a six day , seven night course geared at learning to shoot adventure documentary films and is designed to complement events running at the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival , see www.whistler2008.com , that is running concurrently. The festival is a natural " movie set " with a whole variety of events , ranging from ski and snowboard events to evening parties and workshops, all in the spirit of film , photography and adventure. During the day students will ski, snowboard and take video in various situations, and also have the opportunity to shoot existing events at the festival. Evenings will be spent going over and critiquing each student's footage, learning about in-camera editing techniques, as well learning the business of filmmaking. A selected filmography of chosen works by both by Chrzanowski and others will be shown each evening as part of the course. Chrzanowski says, "the emphasis here will be on story telling and good character development. Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker, wish to organize and film your expedition, shoot clients in an existing operation, or just brush up on your skills, this course is for you. Tuition cost is $3000 per week and includes all meals (three gourmet meals a day, including a box lunch), accommodation, lift tickets, a 'backcountry day' with a guide, as well as all instruction, guest lecturers, and films Also, there will be a much lower price available for locals with own ski passes, accommodation and meals. Contact; petercperu@yahoo.ca . Website; www.explorex.net . tel; 604-813-2200 Peter is an adventurer specializing in high adrenaline action/adventure documentary films, dramas and photo-journalism. As a film-maker Peter has 25 years of international experience on a variety of productions and expeditions. He is also a major content producer with new media. From a very young age Peter was exposed to a life of travel and adventure. By age fourteen Peter had accompanied his family overland to eighteen countries from Canada to Tierra Del Fuego, Cape Horn at the tip of South America. Today he claims this adventure sparked an early love for his work filming and writing about travel, climbing, skiing and adventure. Peter organized his first ski mountaineering expedition to Peru at age 17. He climbed and was the first to descend on skis a 19,000 ft. peak. By the age of 21 he was Associate Producer on his first film Ski Peru, which documents an attempt to climb and ski Peru's highest mountain, Huascaran. The expedition joined forces with famed French ski alpinists Patrick Vallencant and Jean Marc Boivin. The film went on to win the Golden Sheaf award at Yorkton International Film Festival. By 1983 while attending Simon Fraser University for Film and Communications, Peter founded Extreme Explorations. Extreme Explorations began producing adventure films that involved climbing and skiing all over the world, from volcanoes in Mexico to BC's tallest mountains. They helped popularise the craze known as "extreme skiing" in North America. In addition to expedition films, commercials, shooting second unit on features, rock videos and action oriented industrials have been contracted. For commercial television, Peter has produced news magazine format show segments for a variety of programs including: The Journal, BCTV News hour, and Bob Beattie Ski World on ESPN. Because of his extensive knowledge of BC mountain back country, he is a regular location consultant on various Motion Pictures. He has also obtained credits as 35mm Cinematographer on Ski School, an independent theatrical feature film. In 1986 Peter headed a filmmaking team joining in the flight of Odyssey 86. This was a commemorative flight of the first DC 3 to circumnavigate the globe. The trip took two months and passed through 28 countries and fifty cities. In 1987 the film North Face was produced and released to Arts and Entertainment, CBC and the Discovery Canada proving the longevity of his documentaries. The films which followed included Bungy Jumping, Reel Radical, Northern Rage and a weekly TV show in Whistler. In Reel Radical Peter paraglided off Mt. Waddington's icy summit. international audience. The film also featured world-renowned extreme skier, Sylvain Saudan. Then came more films including Valdez Goes Extreme in 1993 which received an award for " Creative Excellence " in the Chicago International Film festival. By 1994 Peter had co-produced, written and directed an entire eight half hour series for Outdoor Life and German Television entitled Whiteout. Peter's projects have included organizing The Multiglisse Traverse, a snowy version of the world famous Eco-Challenge endurance race. He has also consulted several major feature films as location consultant and acted as Associate Producer on Starlight, a dramatic feature starring Rae Dawn Chong, Billy Wirth and country legend, Willie Nelson. Another recent film, The Spirit, dedicated to close friend and extreme skier Trevor Petersen has already won one award for " best documentary " in The Sea to Sky Festival in British Columbia, honorary mention in Toulon, France, Festival of Maritime and Exploration films and is making the rounds on the international mountain film festival circuit as well as broadcast and home video releases. As a writer and photographer Peter has published in major ski and adventure publications as well as film and television industry periodicals. He speaks four languages: French, Spanish, Polish and English. Peter is currently writing, producing and directing a number of documentary films and television series as well as developing a dramatic feature motion picture.. His last major documentary film just brought him back from The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, an exotic mountain range in Colombia. The location was his dream destination since he first read about it in the early seventies in National Geographic, August 1970 issue. It was also featured in NGS Secret Corners of the World book. In 2002 Peter participated in the Crazy 8’s film project and made his first short drama, a romantic comedy entitled " The Good Life "on location in Pemberton. The film has been very popular at film festivals world wide. Peter is presently marketing and distributing a documentary film called GOLDENRUSH, the birth of a ski resort in Golden, BC which he wrote, produced and directed. He is also, as always, developing several new documentary projects and international co-productions. Just recently, he finished writing and directing a short art/promotional film called “ Snza’ist , Ochre to Gold” about the HistoricalMascot Mine, in Hedley BC . His current major project, in production now, is a theatrical documentary on the sport of paragliding called “ AIR HEAD DIARIES “.as well as RETURN TO THE HEART OF THE WORLD with the reclusive Kogi tribe in Northern Colombia SA. See more on www.explorex.net.and www.itv.net/extreme . Peter is also currently beginning to act as a judge on various mountain film festivals, having worked at www.inkafest.com in Peru and invited to judge a festival in Poland the following year. Peter’s latest filming expedition in January 2008 took him back to Colombia where he managed to paraglide in his very dear Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta.