17/12/2009 | by Tom Copsey
While there is a strong culture of film-making in action sports it’s rare that one film can reach across genres. Inspired by the work of Renaissance painter, sculptor and architect Giorgio Vasari, Lives of the Artists is the new feature-length documentary from Relentless Energy Drink, which explores the personalities of contemporary artists as they search for fulfilment across three diverse domains, pursuing their passions without compromise, and in doing so risking all to push themselves to the absolute limits.
Frenchman Xavier De Le Rue, is one of the world’s top snowboarders and World Freeride Champion for the last two years, however, whilst Xavier has tasted success in a variety of snowboarding disciplines, including competing in the 2010 winter Olympics, his passion lies with backcountry boarding – seeking out the perfect line and taking his sport off the edge.
Despite a near death experience with an avalanche last season, Xavier ventures back into the remote, dangerous and often untouched surroundings of Greenland. There he tunes into the mountains to navigate and conquer the truly unthinkable.
Lives of the Artists then morphs from land to sea as big wave surfers Englishman Tom Lowe and Irishman Fergal Smith, along with their friend and photographer Mickey Smith battle the South Pacific.
From Mother Earth’s finest, Lives of the Artists then hits the road with UK hardcore punk band Gallows as they tour the USA on the Warped Tour.
Lives of the Artists is shaped by the sharp contrasts between worlds and domains of performances, and through this it demonstrates the common characteristics of the personalities involved; their artistry with all the vision, ambition, struggle, sacrifice, obsession and triumph that it possesses. Irrespective of the domain, be it mountain, ocean or amphitheatre, artists wherever and whenever are united by an uncompromising attitude to create their art.
We can only watch, absorb and learn.