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Bleary eyed and brimming with child-like joy as flakes fell past the window in front of me, I opened my computer. Perhaps because the falling snow left me wishing I could opt out of work, curl up on the couch—cup of cocoa in hand—and read until it was deep enough to ski, or maybe because the temps have finally dipped and that first step out of bed is that much harder to take, the morning was starting slow.

Though the first glimpse of my email inbox is generally a reluctant one, when my Gmail loaded this morning, my eyes caught on the second subject line, which read, “WEAK LAYERS MOVIE TRAILER DROP!” Grinning, I clicked on the line, then the link, and waited for the video to load.

Weak Layers is skier, entertainer and leisure athlete Katie Burrell’s latest project. I’ll admit, I’m a fan. After following her steady stream of humorous content, and since writing an article on her for Issue 153, The Core Issue (grab a copy if you haven’t already 😁), I’ve waited for this exact news: trailer drop. It didn’t disappoint. Now I’m counting down the days until it hits theaters. It’s not every day you see industry folks starring in and directing a feature-length film for the blockbuster big screen.

Greta Close
Associate Editor/Community Manager

P.S. Mallory Duncan’s short film with 4FRNT is also awesome, unique and powerful, and it just won Banff Film Festival’s Best Film: Snow Sports Award. It’s worth a watch, too. Check out both (and more) below.

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