Steamboat Springs High School student Jake Andersen combined his love of slacklining and film. Andersen won the action sports category at this year's Steamboat Springs Student Film Fest for his movie "Slacking Steamboat."

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Steamboat Springs High School student Jake Andersen combined his love of slacklining and film. Andersen won the action sports category at this year's Steamboat Springs Student Film Fest for his movie "Slacking Steamboat."

Steamboat Student Film Festival a hit

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Steamboat students who made finals of Film Fest

Action Sports

"We Live for Powder" — Patrick Dillon and Kelly Ryan

"Slacking Steamboat" — Jake Andersen

"The Infamous" — Jack Vanderbeek, Austin Weide, Peter White and Jim Vanderbeek

Comedy

"My Friends" — Charlie Tisch, Chaz Chapman and Chas Feldmann

Documentary

"Steamboat Youth Orchestra" — Jenna Kramer

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Steamboat Springs High School student Jake Andersen combined his love of slacklining and film. Andersen won the action sports category at this year's Steamboat Springs Student Film Fest for his movie "Slacking Steamboat."

— When Jake Andersen thinks about slacklining, it’s a simple process.

Don’t ever think about two steps ahead, just the step at hand. So when he entered Steamboat Springs High School’s Steve Moos’ video production class, it seemed natural that Andersen would take the same approach.

He’d never been serious about videos, sometimes messing around with friends in the backyard with a video camera.

But Andersen, tasked with making a movie, combined slacklining and video production.

“You have to think of the steps you’re taking because you have to be really focused,” he said about slacklining. “Unfortunately, if you stop thinking about what you’re doing, you fall and start over. It’s a lot like video production.”

Andersen, a junior, was the Judges’ and Audience Winner in the Action Sports category at the 2014 Steamboat Student Film Festival, which took place May 2 and 3 at the Chief Theater.

His movie, titled “Slacking Steamboat,” features Andersen slacklining across various locales in Routt County. It’s accompanied by Andersen discussing how slacklining can serve as a metaphor for living.

“The video I made for the film fest was the first actual video I made,” Andersen said. “I gave (slacklining) a try and got into it. I liked it and wanted to express that through video.”

Andersen, along with Charlie Tisch, Chaz Chapman and Chas Feldmann, were the only winners from Steamboat. Tisch, Chapman and Feldmann’s film “My Friends” was a co-winner and the audience winner in the comedy category. Steamboat students had three films make the honorable mention category and five make the finals.

The festival, which took place last weekend, entered its second year with resounding success.

Moos, who helped put on the festival and screened movies, said he had an idea that the second year could be a success.

More than 100 films were entered from Steamboat and across the Front Range. There also were entries from Florida, Minnesota, Texas, California and South Dakota. A lot of the students from the Front Range who entered films also attended the event.

Moos said part of the newfound success was partnering with the Steamboat Springs Film Committee and moving the event to the Chief Theater. The festival also was expanded to two days, with the finalists all being shown Saturday.

“I thought it was excellent,” Moos said. “Especially at the top end. The honorable mentions would have all been in the finals last year. The program was stronger than last year, top to bottom.”

Moos said he’s already reaching out to more schools and places to make next year’s event even bigger. He said they will continue to focus on high school students with a special interest in bringing in more middle school films.

Andersen said he didn’t expect to win, but the notoriety has him thinking about his next film. He isn’t sure what it is but said the honor has him thinking.

“Winning my category, I have the confidence and other perspectives to continue with the action sports category,” he said.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email lgraham@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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Slacking Steamboat

Jake Andersen's winning video from the action sports category at the Steamboat Student Festival

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