INTERVIEWS

AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS ANTHONY, DIRECTOR OF "MISSION MT. MANGART"

Winner: Best Historical Film - April 2021 Edition






BIO


CHRIS ANTHONY

DIRECTOR, WRITER & PRODUCER



Bill Mudge, Director & Co-Producer


CHRIS ANTHONY

www.chrisanthony.com



• 2018 Colorado Snow Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

• Award winning Documentary Producer, Director, Writer and Editor

• Best Historical Film at Cannes World Film Festival - Remember the Future - April 2021

• Featured athlete in 28 Warren Miller films

• Executive Director & Founder, Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project

• Professional skier and ski personality

• Motivational Speaker

• Veteran of 9 World Extreme Skiing Championships

• Former Alaskan Extreme Skiing Champion

• Former Beaver Creek Ski School Trainer

• Alaska Helicopter Ski Guide


Colorado Native and Snow Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Chris Anthony is a professional skier whom has been on skis since he was eighteen months old, and competed in almost every discipline of the sport. He made his way up the international ranks of Alpine Ski Racing before switching over to the Big Mountain Free-ride Competitions, formally known as Extreme Skiing Competitions.

During the off-season, Chris raced road bikes professionally for one of the top Continental Teams. Both sports allowed him to spend time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where he was exposed to Exercise Physiology. He would later study this subject at the University of the Colorado and receive a Bachelor of Science degree.


During college Chris was recruited by Warren Miller Films to ski in one of the annual films. The opportunity inspired Chris to write a screenplay and eventually study film and writing while interning for Michael Douglas at Paramount Studios and attending USC in Los Angeles for a period of time.


During the winter months for more than 28 years, Chris continued to travel as an athlete, host and emcee for Warren Miller Films (now Warren Miller Entertainment), building his brand. He is known for outlandish ski film assignments in strange locations.


During his career Chris has free-lanced for several publications, co-authored a guidebook, was commissioned to write a screenplay, hosted and produced several television and segment projects.


Chris has been booked for hundreds of speaking engagements, and formed a consulting and guide business.


Philanthropy: Chris has volunteered thousands of hours for several charitable organizations, raising over a million dollars on their behalf prior to building his own youth outreach program called the Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project


HOF: Chris has received numerous accolades including being inducted into the Colorado Snow Sports Hall of Fame in 2018


More Accolades:


In 1991, Chris was appointed the title of Youth Ambassador for the State Colorado by Governor Roy Romer. This sent Chris on a cultural exchange to the prefecture of Yamagata, Japan. In 1997, Chris was appointed to the Colorado Speakers Bureau, placing him in front of a number of Fortune 500 companies. One of his prouder moments was receiving the 2014 St. Jude Children’s Hospital Sarah Burke Spirit Award for his work with youth.


A year later, in 1998, Colorado Ski Country named Chris the spokesperson for their 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program. The Passport Program served as a platform for him to design his own youth mentoring program now operating under the guidance of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.


CHRIS ANTHONY’S YOUTH PROJECT


In 2013, Chris was inspired by a mentor to create a 501(c)(3) foundation to honor his desire to impact youth. His most powerful resource came from his position as a professional skier, through which he has engaged with more than 85,000 students over 20-plus years through school programs and other educational outlets.


Since the creation of his Youth Project as a fiscal partner of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center in 2013, Chris has been able to take his mission to the next level.

He has expanded his programming and now offers financial aid in select situations to ensure a broad spectrum of students can participate in his educational offerings.


More recently Chris expanded his Youth Project by underwriting snow science and avalanche education for youth and is currently working on an educational documentary.


In 2014 the Governor of the State of Colorado endorsed the Project with this statement:

“Colorado has always led the way in quality of life, fitness, adventure and outdoors. The Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project has taken the unique outdoor assets we have across the state and created a program that will further enhance youth education.”

— John Hickenlooper, Former Governor of the State of Colorado.

Current United States Senator





INTERVIEW



Hello Chris Anthony, thank you for having this conversation with us. Can you share with your audience about the genesis of the idea for your film?


This story found me and would not let me go. The catalyst for it was introduced to me by a retired General of the Slovenian Mountain Troops who I met while skiing with a group in Italy. He informed me that as an American, I should know about this little bit of history that took place on the Italian / Yugoslavian border in June 1945. Once I opened that door, I fell into the vortex of learning so much more and I needed to bring it all to life.