Nimbus Independent’s new film: After The Sky Falls

Alongside their Compass series, Eric Pollard and the gang have been scheming up a new film.
Eric Pollard skiing in the backcountry.
Eric Pollard on a rainbow log © Nimbus Independent
By Kyle Meyr

Nimbus Independent has been relatively quiet recently. Since their 2010 release of Hunting Yeti, they have not produced a full-length film – much to the dismay of the internet. However, they have now confirmed a new full-length project for release in 2015!

We really want to get back to our roots and show skiing for what it is.

The film is titled After The Sky Falls and aims to be an up-to-date reflection of their unique and coveted styles/attitudes toward skiing. “It’s a movie just focused on the fun of skiing,” said Eric Pollard – co-founder of Nimbus, “not trying to over-dramatise it. We really want to get back to our roots and show skiing for what it is and how our crew interacts.”

Eric Pollard jumps through the branches of a tree.
Through the wishbone © Nimbus Independent

Until now, the Nimbus Independent hype around the internet has been focused on their webisodes, most recently the Compass series. Pollard has announced that this concept will carry over into next season as well, but in longer and more in-depth episodes – much the same as the En Route series. It will follow them as they make their home in a host of places around the world including Japan, British Colombia and more.

We take our time and just plant our roots. One of the premises of the project.

“One of the unique things is that we’re just moving as a crew from location to location. We take our time and just plant our roots. One of the premises of the project.”

Pollard has described the upcoming film, After The Sky Falls, as a mixture of shots built into a non-chronological movie, something people can watch multiple times. Along with it, Nimbus Independent will be releasing a coffee table book, featuring a collection of shots and stories from their travels.

Eric Pollard and Pep Fujas in the backcountry.
Pep, Eric and epic pillow © Nimbus Independent

The Nimbus crew has always been distinguishable by their unique and carefree style of skiing, almost a separate entity from the main  body of the sport. “We would much rather focus on a specific brand of skiing… not the most popular style in terms of youth movements…not something everyone can relate to,” said Eric.

After The Sky Falls, there’s just a bunch of snow on the ground… and we just ski it as it lies.

But I think he sells himself short. The Nimbus way of life may be a tough thing to commit to or imitate, but they personify the dreams of every skier out there; no stress, no formats, no limits.

Eric Pollard says it best himself, “After the Sky Falls, there’s just a bunch of snow on the ground… and we just ski it as it lies.”

Check out the Compass episodes from this season and much more on Nimbus Independent’s website.

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