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Review: “Dear Rider” is a well-told story of the history of snowboarding through the life of Jake Burton Carpenter

There are a lot of threads running through Dear Rider, the HBO/Red Bull Media House documentary on Jake Burton Carpenter, Burton Snowboards, and the history of snowboarding that premieres Tuesday on HBO (9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) and HBO Max. Dear Rider covers more than four decades of snowboarding and history, from Burton Carpenter’s founding of the company in 1977 and his initial struggles convincing resorts to allow snowboarders on their hills through the launch of the Burton U.S. Open through snowboarding making it to the Olympics, and it also covers Burton’s personal history, from his childhood and family life through his later struggles with Miller Fisher Syndrome and cancer (the latter of which took his life in 2019). Director Fernando Villena told AA recently that “The problem that you can run into, and we did, was trying to tell too many stories, do too many things, juggle too many balls,” but that they found their throughline by focusing on this history through Burton Carpenter’s own story. And that approach winds up working quite well.
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Director Fernando Villena talks “Dear Rider,” on Jake Burton Carpenter and Burton Snowboards: “This was the startup of startups.”

Tuesday sees the premiere of Dear Rider on HBO (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) and HBO Max. The documentary, from director Fernando Villena and Red Bull Media House, covers the story of Jake Burton Carpenter. Burton Carpenter built snowboarding into an eventual Olympic sport and built his Burton Snowboards company into a world leader, but faced significant health challenges, including nerve disease Miller Fisher Syndrome and cancer (which claimed his life in 2019). Villena spoke to AA recently about the film, and said what particularly struck him about the project was some of the footage of Burton Carpenter using notecards to communicate with his family after Miller Fisher Syndrome rendered him initially unable to talk to them.
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Jake Burton Carpenter Documentary Reveals the Highs and Lows of Snowboarding, Business and Life

Click here to read the full article. Legions of snowboarders knew Jake Burton Carpenter as an intrepid entrepreneur who made their sport soar, but millions more are about to get a warts-and-all view of how that came to be in a new documentary. Directed by Emmy winner Fernando Villena, “Dear Rider” is a Red Bull Media House film that explores the snowboarding pioneer’s life and vision. The documentary is packed with video footage of Carpenter, who died two years ago, from his early years and beyond, including scratchy family movies, on-the-mountain footage, mid-air competition and more telling moments. Twenty-plus riders past...
VERMONT STATE
Newsday

HBO's 'Dear Rider' a portrait of LI snowboard pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter

If "Dear Rider," the HBO film about snowboarding pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter, had picked up his story post-childhood, one might assume he grew up in Vermont or Utah or some other rural, powdery outpost. Certainly not Cedarhurst. "I do think it’s unconventional," said Fernando Villena, who directed the documentary, which...
UTAH STATE
WCAX

New documentary focuses snowboard pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A new documentary is coming out on the late snowboarding pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter. It takes a look at how his four-decade career shaped both the snowboard and the billion-dollar industry on the mountain. Before his death in 2019 from a relapse of cancer, Burton Carpenter...
BURLINGTON, VT
snowboarder.com

Jake Burton Carpenter Documentary “Dear Rider” Debuts November 9

DEAR RIDER, an inspiring feature documentary from Red Bull Media House and Emmy®-winning director Fernando Villena, is a celebration of the life and vision of Jake Burton Carpenter (1954-2019), the pioneer who propelled the sport of snowboarding into a global and cultural phenomenon. The film debuts TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (9:00 – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
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“Dear Rider,” a Fernando Villena documentary on snowboarding pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter, is coming to HBO

A feature documentary on legendary snowboarding pioneer and innovator Jake Burton Carpenter is coming to HBO November 9. Dear Rider is a Red Bull Media House production, and it’s directed by Fernando Villena, whose previous directorial credits include Any One Of Us (an excellent look at famed mountain biker Paul Basagoitia’s 2015 spinal cord injury and recovery journey) and Giving Voice (a documentary on the annual August Wilson Monologue competition that gives high schoolers an opportunity to perform on Broadway). Dear Rider will premiere on HBO at 9 p.m. ET/PT on November 9, and will also be available to stream on HBO Max. Here’s more on what to expect from a release: