“This project is one of the coolest things that I have ever been involved with, and it validates my criteria for why I do things—people, passion, and purpose. I live on the edge, and beyond. Fire On The Mountain takes this notion to incalculable heights and spectacular places.” - Bill Walton

For the first time ever action sports and the Grateful Dead are merged together in a film of eclectic style: Fire On The Mountain.

Just as the Grateful Dead did not fit their music into an established category, Fire On The Mountain finds a cast of some of the world’s best athletes on an improvisational journey of skiing, snowboarding, surfing and music, complete with a soundtrack comprised of only Grateful Dead music.

Shot during a snow and surf road trip, the journey starts in California where the athletes embark on a mission into the mountains. Mid-film finds the cast caught in the remote waters of the North Pole followed by a psychedelic dreamscape as they appear as skeletons shredding under the moonlight at Mammoth Mountain and surfing in Indonesia. Similar to a Grateful Dead show, they start and end in the same place but each of their respective experiences is a journey of their own.

Produced and Directed by Chris Benchetler. Narrated by Hall of Fame basketball player and television sportscaster, Bill Walton with music supervision by David Lemieux, audiovisual archivist and legacy manager for the Grateful Dead, Fire On The Mountain features some of action sports’ most legendary athletes: snowboarding’s Jeremy Jones, Danny Davis, Kimmy Fasani, surfing icon Rob Machado, and skiers Michelle Parker and Chris Benchetler. Captured over the course of the winter by cinematographer Tyler Hamlet the visual journey features never seen before visual effects within nature and original artwork by Benchetler and Skye Walker.

Stream the film worldwide on Teton Gravity Research’s YouTube channel on December 13th.
Florida Surf Film Festival
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Friday, Nov 8th
Atlantic Center for the Arts
7:00PM – Fire On The Mountain
Open to public:
Coast Film Festival
Laguna Beach, CA
Friday, Nov 8th
Filmmaker Showcase at Seven 7 Seven: Featuring Teton Gravity Research
Post screening discussions
5:30 PM - Doors Open
7:00 PM - Fire On the Mountain 
Saturday, Nov 9th
Filmmaker Showcase at Seven 7 Seven: Featuring Teton Gravity Research
Post screening discussions
5:30 PM – Doors
7:30 PM - Fire On The Mountain with Athlete Jeremy Jones + Rob Machado
Tickets sold on  and Box Office day of showing.
Solana Beach, CA
Tuesday, 11/19
The Belly Up
143 South Cedros Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Doors: 7:00PM
Benefit Concert: Grateful for the Rob Machado Foundation
Featured screening of film and performance by Bill Walton & the Electric Waste Band with special opening act Luke Mitrani
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, 11/21
Santa Monica Pier
6:00PM Gates
7:00PM Screening
FREE GA admission for IKON Passholders + one guest (required sign-up via the link below).
GA tickets are $10
Rose Room
6 Rose Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
Doors: 8:00PM
Encore screening, live art installation and musical performance by Luke Mitrani
Private event
San Diego, CA
Sunday, 11/24
Wonderfront Music Festival
Seaport Village
839 W. Harbor Drive,
San Diego, CA 92101.
Screening: 7:10PM with musical performance of Rob Machado and friends
Broadway Pier Stage
Whistler Film Festival:
Whistler British Columbia, Canada
Friday, 12/6 
Village 8 Cinemas - Theatre 8
4:30PM Screening and Q&A with director and select cast members
Wednesday 12/11
Jackson/Teton Village, WY
Continuum Hotel & Bar
Screening: 8:00PM
Musical performance by the Deadlocks
Tickets TBA via
Saturday 12/14
Mammoth Mountain, CA
Canyon Lodge at Mammoth Mountain 
Time: 5-10PM
Screening, Ski Performance by Cast & Live Music Performance 
Open to Public and Free