Short Documentary

Nagano Till Now

The Festival Circuit

Beginning the tour around the world, Nagano Till Now began its festival circuit with a public debut at SXSW 2023, followed three consecutive wins for Best Documentary Short at its next three festival locations.

Gold Medal Moments

We strive to curate the ‘gold medal moments’ within the everyday, but for “Nagano Till Now”, we showcased a literal gold medal moment for the world to experience.

Through candid interviews, Phantom Productions gave Ross Rebagliati an attentive stage to speak his truth, recounting the trials and tribulations of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

Film Summary

February 8th, 1998. Hazy conditions cast themselves across Mount Yakebitai as Olympic snowboarder, Ross Rebagliati, cuts and carves his way to a gold medal victory at terminal velocity.

In this short documentary, director, Chris Roussakis, explores the events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and Rebagliati’s exile from respected Olympic prestige.

Nagano Till Now (2023) is an honest and intimate review of the historical series of events, and does well to turn a spotlight to Rebagliati’s struggles to fight against the institutionalised stigmatisation associated with cannabis consumption.

In this candid discussion of cannabis’ public perception, Rebagliati reaffirms the deservedness of his historical achievement, and contributes his voice to help further reform the lasting notorious legacy of the controlled substance and those who smoke it.

Connection and Storytelling

It is a great privilege and responsibility to capture someone’s lived experience. Through his candid intervening style, film director Chris Roussakis was able to capture Rebagliati in intimate moments of remembrance – the Olympian’s story intertwined with experiences of severe public stigmatisation against cannabis consumption contemporary to that era.

Mayfair Theatre Private Screening

With its festival circuit now at an end, Nagano Till Now found a safe place back in its home city of Ottawa, ON. In a private screening event hosted at the historic Mayfair Theatre, Phantom Productions was able to extend the opportunity for Ottawa to experience the legacy of Ross Rebagliati on the silver screen.

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