Teton Gravity Research to screen ‘Accomplice’ film featuring Southern Utah mountain bikers

ST. GEORGE — Teton Gravity Research, a renowned action, adventure and exploration brand, is excited to present the Southern Utah pop-up, drive-in premiere of its newest mountain bike film “Accomplice” on Thursday at Staheli Family Farm in Washington City.

Promotional material for Teton Gravity Research’s film “Accomplice.” | Image courtesy of Teton Gravity Research, St. George News

Directed by Jeremy Grant, “Accomplice” is ostensibly an action-adventure mountain bike film that follows some of the world’s best mountain bikers to some of the world’s best locations, but the story of the film goes beyond the stunning scenery and big freeride lines, delving deeper into the relationship between the rider and the bike.

Featuring Southern Utah-based riders Ethan Nell, Jaxson Riddle and Tyler McCaul, along with a host of world-class riders, the film’s description said it explores how the bicycle is more than just a means of transportation, but “a vehicle for the human spirit.”

Watch the full length trailer for “Accomplice” courtesy of Teton Gravity Research in the media player above.

McCaul is a Red Bull Rampage veteran and 2019’s fifth-place finisher in the energy drink’s freeride mountain bike competition held in Virgin, and he told St. George News that the film brings to light the importance of the bicycle and how it can be an accomplice to so many adventures – ergo, the title of the film.

Third place winner Ethan Nell takes his first run at Red Bull Rampage, Virgin, Utah, Oct. 27, 2017 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

McCaul, who moved to Southern Utah about a year ago, was able to film segments of the movie in Virgin at one of the older Red Bull Rampage sites, along with his older brother Cam McCaul.

The McCaul brothers and the crew filmed during the winter, and though Tyler McCaul said the experience was a logistical nightmare trying to find a window of good weather, it was also one that brought him and his brother together – an opportunity he said the two of them don’t get very often anymore.

“The bike brings us back together,” McCaul said.

McCaul is one of Southern Utah’s newest resident riders and said that access to the trail systems and features here are what drew him to the area from his former home in Santa Cruz, California.

“It’s amazing. It is 100% why I moved here,” McCaul said.

But not every time on a bike is good. The film also features legendary rider Paul Basagoitia, who suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury after a crash at Red Bull Rampage in 2015.

Other featured riders include Cam Zink, Andreu Lacondeguy, Brandon Semenuk, Graham Agassiz, Kurt Sorge and more, most of whom are veterans of Red Bull Rampage.

Photo still from the film “Accomplice,” featuring Tyler and Cam McCaul, Virgin, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Teton Gravity Research, St. George News

Gates will open on the pop-up style drive-in film experience Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will begin at dusk – approximately 9 p.m.

Tickets are $30 per vehicle in advance and $40 on the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased online.

McCaul said he is excited to share the film with audiences and believes they will be treated to an experience with high production value and a little bit of nostalgia kicking back at a drive-in and reminiscing about their first bike.

“It should be a good watch,” McCaul said.

Event details

  • What: Southern Utah premier of Teton Gravity Research’s “Accomplice.”
  • When: Thursday, July 30; gates at 7:30 p.m., film at dusk.
  • Where: Staheli Family Farm, 3400 S. Washington Fields Road, Washington City, Utah.
  • Cost: $30 per vehicle in advance; $40 per vehicle day of show.
  • Purchase tickets: Online.

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