Jonny Moseley tells a gnarly story

Jonny Moseley’s on a roll: One of his dreams just came true again. For the third time, the gold medal Olympian skier and Bay Area resident is narrating a film bearing the name of the legendary Warren Miller.

“Warren Miller’s Dynasty,” which premiered in San Francisco earlier this week, is screening throughout the area, ending Thursday with a showing at the Castro Theatre.

By the time the film finishes touring the U.S. in December, it will have touched down at over 240 theaters.

“Dynasty” is the 60th in the series created by the now-legendary ski film pioneer. The first Warren Miller film screened back when ski boots were made of leather and an all-day lift ticket could be had for less than $5.

The films have since become the stuff aspirations are made of, showcasing extraordinary feats of athleticism and skill as well as plenty of straight-up moxie.

“I literally just soaked it up, even more so than I dreamed about being in the Olympic Games, I dreamed about being in a Warren Miller film,” Moseley says, remembering seeing the movies as a kid.

To a soundtrack by artists from N.A.S.A. to Crash Kings to Cream, “Dynasty” takes viewers from Lake Tahoe to slopes around the world.

In one episode, Warren Miller film veteran Chris Anthony and fellow skier Austin Ross head out via sled and ski to a remote and bitterly cold village in Northern China in search of the birthplace of skiing 3,000 years ago.

The film also charts more recent history by sprinkling in plenty of vintage footage from earlier Warren Miller films.

“I love the old footage. It’s just great … when you get to the old stuff, it’s sort of the heyday of skiing … it’s fun, it’s simple,” Moseley says.

Yet the story on the screen isn’t all. He says, “That’s one of the things nobody ever realizes … the filmers are the gnarliest dudes out there.”

As former professional skiers themselves, they can keep up with the athletes they put on the screen.

Lugging around equipment through the snow can be incredibly challenging. The vast bulk of what the film team shoots also ends up unused — Moseley’s brief appearance skiing in the Tahoe segment of “Dynasty” was clipped from footage shot over eight days.

Those challenges don’t mean Moseley’s looking at stepping back from the series.

“I see Warren Miller as a part of skiing, so I’m happy to be involved with it for as long as I can,” he says.

IF YOU GO

Warren Miller’s Dynasty

Starring: Chris Anthony, Chris Davenport, Daron Rahlves, Luke Schrab, Adam Schrab

Directed by: Max Bervy

Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Tickets: $18

Contact: www.warrenmiller.com; www.ticketmaster.com

Note: The film also screens at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center in San Mateo and at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Wheeler Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus.

 

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