The mindset & athleticism of Brett Rheeder

Ever wish you could get inside the mind of someone who’s at the top of their game?
Want to see what it is that motivates them to keep striving for more?
Canadian film Beautiful Idiot will let you do just that.
This short film offers the perfect combination of stunning scenery, gritty music, and athleticism.
Get ready to take a ride through the mindset and motivations of world-class freeride mountain biker, Brett Rheeder.

Brett’s from Mount Albert, Ontario. He enjoyed hockey and cross-country cycling before getting into slopestyle mountain biking, which blends ‘big-air, stunt-ridden freeride with BMX style tricks’. The 26-year-old is no stranger to success. In 2013, Brett won a gold medal in slopestyle at the Munich X-Games. This year, he won slopestyle at Crankworx Rotorua. In Beautiful Idiot, you’ll discover what it takes to make it big on the world stage and what happens once you achieve the goals you’ve been working on: ‘Some people would stop, happy to finish on top, but not you. You’ll start again – something different, or the same thing but bigger, because somehow you know you’ll never be done. There will always be new mountains to climb, there will always be more races to run.’

Beautiful Idiot was mainly shot in British Columbia – in Vernon, Tofino, and at Silver Star Bike Park. That means you’ll get to bear witness to beautiful mountains, trees, and bike tracks, as Brett moves gracefully through them. But the film isn’t all about perfect slow-mo shots. It touches on the thoughts that can make us feel small and the things that can break the spirit, bones, and heart.

The film was put together by friends of Brett; director Harrison Mendel and photographer Robb Thompson. Harrison was an aspiring professional mountain biker, until he broke a leg. After spending three consecutive summers injured and on crutches, he decided to sell one of his bikes, buy a camera, and film his friends biking instead. The rest is history. He and Robb explain that while filming Brett, they realised his story had univeral appeal: ‘It’s a story that we think anyone striving for more can relate to.’ Making the film wasn’t all smooth sailing, as they explain: ‘A few different times during the shoot, we would joke around that if we were actually able to get this project finished, and if it got selected to Banff, then it might all be worth it.’ Luckily for them, it was.

Beautiful Idiot shows us that the movers and shakers of the world are the ones who keep throwing themselves at new challenges, despite fear, shame, and failure. You’ll leave this film feeling pumped and hoping that you, too, have what it takes to become a beautiful idiot. Greatness is yours for the taking.

Catch Beautiful Idiot at the 2019 Radical Reels Action Sports Film tour!
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Words by Amy O’Toole

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