Peter is an adventurer specializing in high adrenaline action/adventure documentary films, dramas and photo-journalism. As a film-maker Peter has 30+ years of international experience on a variety of productions and expeditions. He is also a major content producer with new media and an expert at media relations with contacts worldwide. He is a graduate with a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University.
From a very young age Peter was exposed to a life of travel and adventure. By age fourteen Peter had accompanied his family overland to eighteen countries from Canada to Tierra Del Fuego, Cape Horn at the tip of South America. Today he claims this adventure sparked an early love for his work filming and writing about travel, climbing, skiing and adventure. Peter organized his first ski mountaineering expedition to Peru at age 17. He climbed and was the first to descend on skis a 19,000 ft. peak. By the age of 21 he was Associate Producer on his first film Ski Peru, which documents an attempt to climb and ski Peru's highest mountain, Huascaran. The expedition joined forces with famed French ski alpinists Patrick Vallencant and Jean Marc Boivin. The film went on to win the Golden Sheaf award at Yorkton International Film Festival. By 1983 while attending Simon Fraser University for Film and Communications, Peter founded Extreme Explorations. He speaks four languages, English, Spanish, French and Polish..
Extreme Explorations began producing adventure films that involved climbing and skiing all over the world, from volcanoes in Mexico to BC's tallest mountains. They helped popularise the craze known as "extreme skiing" in North America. In addition to expedition films, commercials, shooting second unit on features, rock videos and action oriented industrials have been contracted. For commercial television, Peter has produced news magazine format show segments for a variety of programs including: The Journal, BCTV News hour, and Bob Beattie Ski World on ESPN. Because of his extensive knowledge of BC mountain back country, he is a regular location consultant on various Motion Pictures. He has also obtained credits as 35mm Cinematographer on Ski School, an independent theatrical feature film.
In 1986 Peter headed a filmmaking team joining in the flight of Odyssey 86. This was a commemorative flight of the first DC 3 to circumnavigate the globe. The trip took two months and passed through 28 countries and fifty cities. Peter did a great deal of media relations and pr work representing Canada and the team during the voyage as well as was shooting a film. In 1987 the film North Face was produced and released to Arts and Entertainment, CBC and the Discovery Canada proving the longevity of his documentaries. The films which followed included Bungy Jumping, Reel Radical, Northern Rage and a weekly TV show in Whistler. In Reel Radical Peter paraglided off Mt. Waddington's icy summit. international audience. The film also featured world-renowned extreme skier, Sylvain Saudan. (Saudan Couloir on Blackcomb) Then came more films including Valdez Goes Extreme in 1993 which received an award for " Creative Excellence " in the Chicago International Film festival. By 1994 Peter had co-produced, wrote and directed an entire eight half hour series for Outdoor Life and German Television entitled Whiteout. Peter's projects have included organizing The Multiglisse Traverse, a snowy version of the world famous Eco-Challenge endurance race. He has also consulted several major feature films as location consultant and acted as Associate Producer on Starlight, a dramatic feature starring Rae Dawn Chong, Billy Wirth and country legend, Willie Nelson.
Through The Nineties Peter was on the ground floor of organising , then judging WESC , (The World Extreme Skiing Championships in Valdez, Alaska) Over the years he judged nine events in Valdez, one Redbull Extreme, in Chamonix France , and in Crested Butte Colorado.
Another recent film, The Spirit, dedicated to close friend and extreme skier Trevor Petersen has already won one award for " best documentary " in The Sea to Sky Festival in British Columbia, honorary mention in Toulon, France, Festival of Maritime and Exploration films and is making the rounds on the international mountain film festival circuit as well as broadcast and home video releases.
As a writer and photographer Peter has published in major ski and adventure publications as well as film and television industry . Another of his documentaries brought him back from The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, an exotic Coastal Mountain range in Colombia. The location was his dream destination since he first read about it in the early seventies in National Geographic, August 1970 issue. Peter’s unique 98/99 Expedition to Colombia was written up by Wade Davis in The “Voices from the Summit “ A National Geographic Book. .Now, a major documentary film brought him back again to The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Here another difficult public relations task was achieved just to seek permission for his expedition to enter the area by the reclusive Indigenous tribes ,as the only foreigners in years to reach some of the higher villages.
During the height of (website hidden) era in the late 90’s Peter worked for (website hidden) . The Company pioneered web casts and Peter’s job was to carry out media relations, general PR as well as content aggregation for the company. Their line up of events included The Cannes Film Festival, Burning Man, WESC (World Extreme Skiing Championships) in Valdez, Alaska.
In 2002 Peter , then a DGC director, was chosen by the DGC to participate in the Crazy 8’s film project and made his first short drama, a romantic comedy entitled " The Good Life "on location in Pemberton. The film has been very popular at film festivals world wide.Another more mature, semi political mountain film, which Peter is marketing is GOLDENRUSH. It is about the birth of a ski resort in Golden, BC which he wrote, produced and directed. The film outlined the problems when there is a lack of communications between the town people and Resort Development.
Back on the tourism industry side, Peter co-directed a short art/promotional film called “ Snaza’ist , Ochre to Gold” about the historical Mascot Gold Mine, in Hedley BC . The project demanded a great deal of protocol and dealings with Hedley’s Indigenous Community. His current major project, in production now, is a theatrical documentary on the sport of paragliding called “ AIR HEAD DIARIES “.as well as SACRED FLIGHT (VIFF 2009). Then, there is also his “ PARA-CINDERELLA “ , he just shot on three continents. He is also, as always, developing several new documentary projects and international co-productions. See more on (website hidden). and (website hidden) . Peter has most recently been on the jury and presenting at several mountain film festivals, in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Peru ;ie (website hidden) (website hidden) . See Peter's (website hidden) the adventure travel co.