06 May 2010, Posted by admin
Matt Philippi – Athlete/Executive Director/Editor
I’ve been a pro skier and traveler for many years. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to travel the globe in search of snow. But, throughout all of my travels, I always felt that I lacked a deeper connection with these amazing places I visited. Enter The FullCircle Project: A chance to give back to and connect with the places we have the privilege to visit.
Jack Tolan – Athlete/Soundtrack /Associate Director
I was 16 when the acoustic guitar and I were first introduced. We’ve grown rather close over the past 9 years, as the guitar is the medium I use for songwriting and instrumental compositions.
Composing and producing the soundtrack for The FullCircle Project remains an exciting challenge for me not only in respect to playing and recording, but also in respect to conveying the music in a high-quality and thoughtful manner intended to guide and evoke specific emotions relating to the project as captured on-screen.
The FullCircle Project encompasses many elements aside from skiing and mountain lifestyle that we find inspiring. It’s immersion in new cultures, community service, embarrassing oneself by trying to speak new languages, leaving one’s comfort zone, and not taking for granted how privileged we are to live the way we do. This project isn’t an escape from our day-to-day reality; it is a culmination of the principles we view as important in our lives. The music created for this project is both a reflection of the passionate and mindful lives we aspire to live as well as a foreword to the adventures yet to come.
Having spent years coordinating humanitarian work in remote regions of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, Caleb has not only developed an expertise in international philanthropy, but a deep love for supporting those whose voices are seldom heard. His knowledge and connections within the Maras community and surrounding Sacred Valley region made this years’ project possible. He also has an unwavering passion for the mountains and snowboarding, which made working with The FullCircle Project one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.
Ahmet Dadali – Athlete
My Name is Ahmet Dadali. I grew up skiing in Western New York and moved out west as soon as i graduated high school. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to call skiing my career and actually able to make a living off of it. I’ve also been blessed with the ability to travel the globe and experience the rich vibrant cultures of many other countries.
I’ve joined the force of the Full Circle Project because of these reasons. Over the past few years I’ve had the wits to realize how lucky I am being born onto a different piece of land and feel i have to try to do all i can to make some kind of difference in another’s life. It’s also an awesome opportunity to see the beauty in other peoples cultures and to learn as much as I can. I’m also looking forward to being able to get my hands dirty again and get sweating over some real work.
Taylor Felton – Athlete
In 2010 I had the opportunity to travel down to the Bio Bio region of Chile for a community service and ski experience called The FullCircle Project. Mainly organized by Matt Philippi, I was very grateful when asked if I would take part in giving back to those displaced and affected by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. It was like no other trip I have ever been on and one that I will never forget. It gave me a new perspective.
I grew up in the lovely state of Maine and developed a passion for skiing at an early age. My parents were skiers and when I was two years old taught me how to ski at the best mountain in the world, Sugarloaf. I still call Sugarloaf my home mountain and my skiing career has been shaped in and around the area. Sugarloaf is home to Carrabassett Valley Academy where I attended high school and my passion for skiing flourished. At Carrabassett Valley Academy I was able to meet other skiers that shared my passion and we all worked together to finely tune our skills. Since my graduation in ’05 my skiing career has taken me all over the world from competition such as the X-Games to exotic destinations like Japan. It has been a dream come true to pursue my dreams as a skier and experience unique cultures all over the globe.
Being a part of the Full Circle Project means a lot to me. To have the opportunity to travel for skiing and give back to the community is truly meaningful as a professional skier. The Full Circle Project spawned from my peers that wanted to take a different approach to skiing and humanitarian efforts, and I am very proud to be a part of a project that seeks to help others while continuing to do what you love.
I grew up as a skier in Salt Lake City, UT, where I also developed a passion for creating art, photography and cinematography. When my highschool years came to a close, I packed the car and headed to the only place I could find that would let me study film and also get a good skiing fix: Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. Along the way to earning my film degree I added a second major in photography. By the time graduation rolled around I had created a slew of experimental photography projects, and garnered merit as a sought after director of photography in the student film industry. Since tossing my hat in 2008, I’ve returned home to the Wasatch Mountains, and now spend my winters shooting skiing and the offseasons working on films and other photographic endeavors.
The FullCircle Project is unlike any other in the ski industry, and I am excited to be a part of it. Besides the opportunity to shoot in the Andes with a amazingly talented group of skiers, I am drawn to the social documentary aspect of this trip. Off the snow, I hoped to capture the damage, shapes, textures, emotions created along the central coast of Chile by the earthquake that reached 8.8 on the rector scale and tsunami waves towering twenty meters into the sky. Even more importantly, however, was giving back to Chile through community service and connecting with local communities by aiding them in their recovery process.
Aidan Haley - Cinematographer/Editor/Director
As a director, cinematographer and person, I am fascinated with the moments, textures, feelings, smells, relationships, passions, adventures, sorrows, joys, love, hate, good, evil, anything and everything that digs deeper into, and illustrates the human condition that is a part of us all.
Capturing and creating a story through image is the only way I have found success in exploring this fascination and sharing it with others.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, being surrounded and obsessed with the mountain environment most of my life, I have been fortunate enough to have spent a majority of it climbing, skiing and hiking mountains all over the world. The FullCircle Project is just an extension of my passions.