By: Steve Casimiro
September 3, 2014
Nearly three years in the making, the all-girls ski film Pretty Faces is nearly completed, and maybe soon Lynsey Dyer can take a break. But not quite yet: Dyer, one of the most acclaimed American big mountain skiers of the last decade or so, is spending long hours in the editing bay, hustling to raise the funds to get Pretty Faces over the finish line, and not sleeping a whole lot.
This is how it is with passion projects, and Faces is driven by nothing if not passion. Dyer first made her mark in the ski world at age 16, when she won the downhill gold at the Junior Olympics, and she went on to win every big mountain contest she entered, as well as taking the 2005 Freeride World Tour overall title. She was named Powder’s female skier of the year in 2011 and has appeared in dozen of magazines and films. But her treatment as a woman in the boy’s world wasn’t satisfying. As she told an interviewer last year, “I had dedicated my winters to filming for years, putting my body on the line and oftentimes wouldn’t see worthy footage ever show up in the films. That, or we’d only see quick blips from girls spread out in films, easily lost. I knew if it was happening to me it must be happening to others.”
In 2006, Dyer co-founded SheJumps, an organization devoted to encouraging girls and women to get outdoors, to find themselves through sport, and by 2010 she was starting to map the idea that would become Pretty Faces, in hopes of inspiring others to a life in the mountains, and to time in front of the camera. With completion almost in sight, I caught up with her to see how it’s going.
You’ve been in front of the camera countless times, but this is your first as director. Why make a movie? Why make this movie?
It’s been in my head for so long and I’d always expected someone to make it but when it didn’t happen I felt a responsibility to give back to the sport that gave me so much. We always see the dudes going on adventures, washing dishes, or putting it on the line in ski films to do what it takes to make skiing a priority, but we only see tiny hits of it from the ladies’ side. Young girls need to be exposed to those stories so they know “if she can do it then so can I.”
Who wouldn’t work hard try to find a way to throw all your friends into a vehicle and follow the snow on a great adventure? This film was built in part to offer that platform to all those girls who may have wanted to showcase what they could do but didn’t have the big name sponsors or resources to be filmed in the craziest places. All footage was welcome and some girls really jumped on that opportunity. We have a special film to showcase because of it.