Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Finally spoke with Bill Koch yesterday
So if you are a nordic skier or if you have seen my recent film "Cross Country with the Snakes" you hopefully know who Bill Koch is. Well after almost two months of trying to track him down I finally spoke with him about the film itself. Back in July I had sent a letter and a copy of the flick to him to basically get his blessing on using his image. It took almost three weeks to get a return call from him and then literally another month to get him on the phone. A self admitted reclusive he abhors the phone and refuses to speak on it unless absolutely needed. He was extremely supportive of the film. He really loved the message that it sent and felt that I had captured his way of skiing and way of thinking about skiing precisely. He however was not into the music! Not a big surprise there as the Snakes are an aquired taste for sure. We also spoke a bunch on Kochs world view, how he sees his future and his kids future and how even to this day almost 31 years later he still believes that skiing has the power to change the world.
It was perhaps one of the most haunting and enlightening conversations I can remember having in the past 10 years.