Director Lucy Walker was commissioned to make a short film about competitive snowmobiler Caleb Moore, as part of The New York Times Op Doc series in conjunction with the Times Magazine’s The Lives They Lived issue, which commemorates people who died this year.
Moore passed away on January 31 as a result of injuries sustained while performing a back flip during the snowmobile Best Trick competition at the X-Games.
Academy Award nominated Walker, who directed the acclaimed documentary feature “The Crash Reel” which tracked the progress of Kevin Pearce, a snowboard champion who suffered a traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 Olympics, was the natural choice to direct this tribute film.
“In creating this Op-Doc video, we’ve striven to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Caleb Moore, while urging athletes and fans alike to consider the consequences of reaching ever higher. Beyond all questions of risk versus reward — of a short life lived to extremes versus a life more ordinary — there remains the horror, the grief of a young life lost,” Walker wrote in The New York Times.
Watch Walker’s short film about Caleb Moore below: