We spoke with The Edge of Never producers Bill Kerig and Peter Schweitzer on the challenges they faced, the relationship between sons and fathers, and why they think the skiing world needs this movie.
Where did the idea for the trip come from?
Kerig: It was Glen Plake’s idea initially. Five years ago he said, “I bet you Kye’s old enough now. It’s time for him to get over there and see what his father last saw.” It’s about finding the heart and soul of skiing in Chamonix. This kid is trying to go over and ski the run that killed his dad and be mentored by some of the legends. That is the story.
Why did you want to make this movie?
Kerig: I had been friends with the producer of Dogtown and Z-Boys and Riding Giants and it made me wonder why skiing didn’t have its film like that—its big, great film.
Schweitzer: We wanted to make the ultimate film set in the world of skiing for skiers, but we also wanted to communicate to non-skiers why we love this sport and what we love about it.
Were you worried about putting a kid without ski mountaineering experience into a dangerous situation?
Kerig: When I went up to meet Kye in Whistler, BC, I began to wonder if we should even do this, but Kye was tremendously talented and fearless.
Schweitzer: In the movie you hear from Kye’s mom and grandmother. It was something they thought a lot about and talked to Kye about before we even showed up. They always knew that one day he was going to want to do it and get a chance to do it.
What were the biggest challenges?
Kerig: One of my challenges is that ironically my son was born 24 hours before I left for Chamonix. The whole father son thing is fraught with so much emotion anyway, and then being part of Kye’s journey and putting it into motion, it was emotional for all the participants. We all became part of the journey instead of mere observers.
What is the coolest part, for you, about the movie?
Schweitzer: We’re thrilled that we got to make the movie we wanted to make. It kind of re-affirms the idea of taking chances and taking responsibility for your life and going for it. It’s a message that applies to skiing or anything in life. We’re excited that we have a film that represents our own heart and soul and dreams.