New releases from Tahoe’s filmmakers

Steven Siig

The Filmmakers

“Buried” released nationwide
Greenwich Entertainment has released the documentary “Buried: The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche,” an account of the deadliest avalanche in U.S. ski resort history. Locals Jared Drake and Steven Siig directed and produced the film, which takes viewers back to the catastrophic avalanche that hit Alpine Meadows Ski Area in March 1982. The film is scheduled to be released on streaming platforms and DVD this fall. |


Katie Burrell film to be shot in Tahoe
Director, comedian and self-proclaimed “professional leisure athlete” Katie Burrell has teamed up with Tahoe-based Realization Films, the creative force behind “Buried: The 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche,” to film a new movie this fall in North Lake Tahoe. |

“Magic in the Mountains” released
Coolfire Studios’ documentary film “Magic in the Mountains” is now available for purchase or rental on streaming platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Fandango and other services.

The film tells the story of how Palisades Tahoe (then known as Sq**w Valley), a little-known ski area in California, won the bid for the 1960 Winter Olympics and, with the help of Walt Disney.| @magicinthemountainsfilm


“Donner Party Horror and Heroes” aired
The Forlorn Hope Expedition is the focus of an episode of the Discovery Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” series for the episode “Donner Party Horror and Heroes.” The episode is available for viewing on the Discovery+ channel. |

“Lost on Purpose” released
Lost Sierra Productions and director Chris Ruedy has released the film “Lost on Purpose” and is working to schedule a Tahoe-area release, according to Ruedy. The film features Yuri Hauswald, Kurt P Gensheimer and others on a film tour of the Lost Sierra region, including the Lost and Found Gravel Festival course and the Sierra Buttes Trails Stewardship’s Connected Communities Project. The film will be shown in Quincy on Oct. 26 at the Locals Film Festival with local dates TBA. |


“Lake Tahoe in the Movies” exhibit
Stop by the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City to see its exhibit “Lake Tahoe in the Movies,” an interactive exhibit, that will run through summer 2023.

The exhibit features the original 1920s movie projector from Tahoe Tavern Resort, original set and costume design images from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, private notes from locals who were on set, newspaper articles about local extras and — the highlight of the exhibit — a short film created by Patrick Yun. He took the best cuts of iconic scenes of the Tahoe area and arranged them with accompanying music. |