Grateful Dead & Action Sports Merge In ‘Fire On The Mountain’ Film


Teton Gravity Research and Flagship Independent announced a new action sports film, Fire On The Mountain, completely soundtracked by the music of the Grateful Dead. Directed by Chris Benchetler and Tyler Hamlet and with music supervision from renowned Dead archivist David Lemieux, the film is narrated by Hall Of Fame basketball player and legendary Deadhead Bill Walton.

“This project is one of the coolest things that I have ever been involved with,” Walton said in a statement. “It validates my criteria for why I do things—people, passion, and purpose. I live on the edge, and beyond. Fire On The Mountain takes this notion to incalculable heights and spectacular places.”

“Grateful Dead and action sports have always been kindred spirits, both celebrating life and the beauty of experimental improvisation,” Rhino President and Grateful Dead Properties’ Mark Pinkus added. “After years of hearing many action sports athletes cite the Dead as their soundtrack of choice, it’s exhilarating to see these worlds come to life together on screen in Fire On The Mountain. Add in Bill Walton’s iconic voice on commentary and you have a one-of-a kind experience, not unlike going to a Grateful Dead live show.”

The film features some of the world’s best skiers, snowboarders and surfers including snowboarding’s Jeremy Jones, Danny Davis, Kimmy Fasani, surfing icon Rob Machado, and skiers Michelle Parker and Chris Benchetler.

Fire On The Mountain will be available to stream worldwide on December 13. But a number of pre-release screenings will take place coast to coast.

Fire On The Mountain Screenings:

November 4th: New York, NY – World of McIntosh Private screening event presented by GQ Magazine and featuring original art installation from artists Todd DiCurcio and Chris Benchetler

November 8th: New Smyrna Beach, FL Florida Surf Film festival – Short film competition Open to public and ticketed event

November 12th: New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre Screening with Teton Gravity Research film Roadless Open to public and ticketed event

November 19th – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern Open to public and ticketed event for Rob Machado Foundation benefit concert featuring a musical performance from Bill Walton and the Electric Waste Band

November 21st – Santa Monica Pier, CA Teton Gravity Research Presents Winterland Film night – Open to public and free

November 22nd: San Diego, CA Wonderfront Music Festival – Open to public and ticketed

December 12th: Jackson Hole, WY Live Stream Screening of film and Q&A on TGR YouTube

December 14th: Mammoth Lakes, CA Mountain Nights of Lights

Check out the trailer and tracklist for the film below:

Fire On The Mountain Tracklist:

  1. Brown Eyed Woman (Live) – From Europe ‘72
  2. The Other One (Live) – From Europe ’72 Vol. 2
  3. New Speedway Boogie – From Workingman’s Dead
  4. Dark Star (Edit) – From Steppin’ Out With The Grateful Dead: England ‘72
  5. Playing In The Band (Live) – From Europe ’72 Vol. 2
  6. Fire On The Mountain (Live) – From Cornell 5/8/77
  7. Ripple – From American Beauty