The story of one of the most tragic stories in ski history is making its way to the big screen. Buried: The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche Film has received rave reviews from audiences, the Audience Award from Telluride’s Moutainfilm festival, and it will soon be coming to theaters.
Deadline reports that Greenwich Entertainment has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to the documentary, which will be released in theaters on September 23rd. The opening weekend will have showings in San Fransisco, Northern California, and New York City. It will have a wider release across the country in the following weeks. On November 8th, it will become available on video on demand/electronic sell-through.
The documentary covers the avalanche that ravaged Alpine Meadows back on March 31, 1982. High avalanche danger led to millions of pounds of snow pummeling down the mountain, leading to the base area and parking lot becoming buried in snow. Eight victims were buried, and the ensuing five days became a search for these people. Seven people were found dead, while one individual was saved thanks to a rescue dog.
Ed Arentz, Greenwich co-president, released the following statement about the project:
“Essential viewing for skiers, but all audiences – skiers and non-skiers alike – will find Buried a riveting account of a natural disaster, not only in the details of the avalanche itself and subsequent rescue efforts, but on how the disaster affected people in the years following and became a dividing line in time for the survivors and their community.”
A trailer, along with an interview with the directors, are below.