Nagano Till Now: Unveiling the Gold Medal Story

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Nagano Till Now Takes Centre Stage

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Short film “Nagano Till Now” embarked on an awe-inspiring festival journey, captivating audiences internationally with its poignant narrative and remarkable triumphs. The film marked its grand debut at SXSW 2023, raising the curtains and setting the stage for a remarkable expedition across the global festival circuit.

With each destination, “Nagano Till Now” garnered acclaim, earning the coveted title of Best Documentary Short at three consecutive festivals—a testament to its profound impact and universal resonance.

At the heart of the short film lies a tale of unparalleled resilience and triumph—a gold medal moment immortalised on screen for the world to behold. Through the lens of Phantom Productions, iconic Olympic snowboarder, Ross Rebagliati, takes centre stage, recounting his turbulent journey at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

Leaving an undeniable mark on sporting history, Rebagliati’s indomitable spirit is evident in the archival footage – both through glimpses of the athlete carving his way to Olympic glory and the advocacy of his triumph after the decision was made to strip him of his gold medal win.

Connection and Storytelling

Director, Chris Roussakis, delves deep into the annals of Olympic lore, unravelling the complexities of Rebagliati’s tumultuous ascent and descent from the podium.

Through candid interviews and intimate storytelling, Roussakis paints a vivid portrait of Rebagliati’s unwavering resolve in the face of adversity, shedding further light on the stigma surrounding cannabis consumption—a poignant reminder of the enduring societal perceptions that shaped Rebagliati’s journey.

Central to the film’s narrative is the profound connection forged between Rebagliati and his audience—a moving testament to the power of storytelling in effecting change. As Rebagliati shares his truth and confronts the stigma surrounding cannabis and his history, he emerges as a beacon of hope, championing a cause that transcends the confines of the silver screen.

Mayfair Theatre Private Screening

As the final credits of the film’s festival circuit roll, “Nagano Till Now” finds its homecoming at the historic Mayfair Theatre, nestled in the heart of Ottawa, ON.

In a private screening event hosted by Phantom Productions, a home based audience was invited to embark on a journey of remembrance and discovery – bearing witness to the legacy of Ross Rebagliati unfolding on the historic silver screen.

It is a testament to the enduring power of cinema—to unite, inspire, and ignite change—as Rebagliati’s story continues to leave an undeniable mark on hearts and minds around the globe.

Check out the “Nagano Till Now” dedicated webpage for more behind-the-scenes insights, today!