American photojournalist Matt Standal presents The Hokkaido Backcountry Project, a documentary filmed in rural Japan over the course of five months during the winter of 2014-2015.
This Kickstarter-funded documentary examines the relationship between the sometimes opposing nature of North American and Japanese cultures, while also chronicling the first modern helicopter and cat ski operation in Japan during its first full season.
Standal follows Canadian expat snowboarder Clayton Kernaghan, as he assembles a team of mountain guides and begins helicopter and snowcat skiing in Japan - despite opposition from avalanche forecaster Akio Shinya, a legendary Japanese local.
The Hokkaido Backcountry Project features stunning aerial photography, some of the world's best professional ski and snowboard athletes, and themes that include avalanche safety and exploration.
The film's turning point includes footage from an actual avalanche rescue in Japan, and its implications for the future of both HBC and Clayton.
Welcome to the Hokkaido Backcountry Project!
Kickstarter page here: kickstarter.com/projects/2119307649/hokkaido-backcountry-project-0