Squamish B.C., May 19th, 2009 – Deep in the coast mountains of BC, a small crew of filmmakers has spent the last eleven months huddled together, planning, scheming and brain-storming to come up with a concept for a new company and mountain bike film. The hard work has paid off and Anthill Films is stoked to announce the release of their premier film FOLLOW ME… Scheduled to be released in Spring 2010, FOLLOW ME… will feature some of the best mountain bikers in the world, including: Sam Hill, Gee Atherton, Brandon Semenuk, Cam McCaul, Thomas Vanderham, Matt Hunter, Ben Boyko, Kurt Sorge, Steve Smith and Geoff Gulevich.
The Anthill crew is no new-comer to the world of mountain bike films. Made up of five key members from the award-winning film company the Collective, Darcy Wittenburg, Darren McCullough, Colin Jones, Jonathan Shramm and Sterling Lorence, have been making films together for the past six years. The one new addition is Ian Dunn, who will be holding down the business side of things as Producer/Marketing Director, so the crew can focus on creating the best possible film.
“Whenever we start a new project” says Darcy, Creative Director for Anthill and Co-Founder of the Collective “we ask ourselves what we want to do next – we’re always pushing ourselves to come up with new ideas”. When the crew learned that Jamie Houssain (Producer and Co-Founder of the Collective) would be pursuing new opportunities outside of filmmaking, the guys decided it was the right time to start something new and build upon what they had already done.
FOLLOW ME… will be a natural evolution for the Anthill crew and will give them the chance to explore new ideas and concepts that did not fit within the style of the Collective. “Our goal is to really push ourselves as filmmakers to come up with something completely original” says Darcy. “We want to create a film that is super upbeat and remind everyone why we all love mountain biking”. The film’s central concept is ‘no one rides alone’ – focusing on the idea that the best times we have on our bikes is when we’re riding with our friends. FOLLOW ME… will be filmed completely in HD using the latest camera technology, including the new super high-def Red One camera.
Anthill is producing a series of webisodes that will be released over the next year to give everyone the inside line on what’s happening with the film leading up to its release next spring.
FOLLOW ME… is presented by Shimano in association with Adidas Eyewear, Bike Parks of BC, Nike 6.0, PinkBike.com and PRO Components.