Arthur Longo brings us ELLES, a fly-on-the-wall style short film that brings us into the world of one of the sickest snowboard crews out. This film, directed by Tanner Pendleton, eschews perfection and embraces the natural, creative moments that make snowboarding amazing. Considering how freakishly good the riding is, ELLES manages a very relatable feel– it's going to make you want to ride.
ELLES spotlights a talented crew, including Arthur Longo, Hana Beaman, Blake Paul, Dan Liedahl, Mary Rand, Darrel Mathes and Parker Szumowski. Tapping into creative freedoms, the film rejects the pursuit for perfect conditions while embracing the journey, capturing snowboarding that is accessible to everyone and all the little moments in between.
The project was created during a time of uncertainty for much of the world. While the year kicked off with more questions than answers, by February 2021 Arthur was able to begin riding every day in Switzerland, while sending daily updates to Tanner in New York. “Knowing what many were going through in other European countries during this same time, we took every single day as a blessing,” Arthur said of filming the project. “ We wanted to portray day to day snowboarding without trying to make it look more sexy than what it is. Discovering Switzerland more in depth was also a highlight,” he added.
One of the strongest riders in the game, Arthur Longo’s approach to snowboarding, art, and his award-winning film series SHE, uniquely positions him as one of the only people who could take such a nontraditional approach and still produce absolutely jaw dropping footage.
While most snowboard projects often revolve around spending weeks in the mountains waiting for weather to break with only one opportunity to get the shot, Vans collaborated with Arthur, Tanner, and team to shatter that mold. The result is a film that dedicates time to the stories and people behind the riding, their creative pursuits off the board, and the locations they encounter along the way.