“Tragedy Into Triumph,” made in memory of Jack Padilla, premieres in September in Bozeman.
Last year, John Padilla made a short film to honor his brother, Jack, who died by suicide when he was just 15 years old. The goal of that film, called “Mountain in My Mind,” was to promote mental health awareness amongst the ski and outdoor industry. We are a community of people who celebrate joy and stoke—skiing is supposed to be fun, right?!—but the truth is, even in the most fun club in the world, there is still darkness. And it’s time we started talking about that.
This fall, Padilla is debuting his second film, called “Tragedy Into Triumph,” which will premiere September 15 at the Rialto in Bozeman, Montana, then continue on a 20-stop live tour of mountain towns throughout the fall. It’ll be released online on October 23. Flylow supported the making of this film.
“Tragedy Into Triumph” interviews top skiers and snowboarders across the so-called Suicide Belt of the Rocky Mountains, where the suicide rate is nearly triple the national average in this country. The project’s main goal? Destigmatize talking about mental health and suicide in the ski industry. Remind viewers that it’s OK to ask for help, that we are all in this together. All proceeds from the film’s tour go to support local suicide prevention efforts.