Kamloops, CA

Mountain bike

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33 years old

Canadian freestyle rider Matt Hunter grew up in Kamloops, British Columbia, the small town which also brought us mountain bikers of the calibre of Richie Schley, Brett Tippie, Wade Simmons and Dustin Adams. Together with Schley, Simmons and other freeride stars such as Joe Schwartz, he continues to run bike camp for intermediate riders in the local area.

At the age of 12, Matt began riding cross country on the singletrack which zigzagged through the hills behind his family’s home, but by 15 he was building big jumps and downhill had taken over. His professional career began in 2003, when he won the Ultimate Freeride Challenge online video contest – the victory attracted attention from Specialized, the company he is still riding for today.

Unlike many of this contemporaries, Matt chose not to go down the competition route, instead focussing his attention on shooting photos and filming sections for movies such as Follow Me, Seasons, Strength in Numbers and From the Inside Out, many of which were made with Anthill Films’ Darcy Wittenburg.

As well as Specialized, Matt is currently sponsored by Shimano, Adidas Eyewear, Clif Bar, Chromag, MRP, iXS, Fox Racing Shox, Dakine and Contour. Most recently, he took part in a gruelling, 12-day expedition over some of the roughest roads in Afghanistan, spending up to 12 hours a day riding over all types of terrain, from mountains and deserts to high-altitude snow fields

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DARKLIGHT - 4K Full Film by Sweetgrass Productions

Presented by Philips Ambilight TV  In Association with Specialized and TomTom Bandit ActionCam Supported by Freefly Systems (MOVI), Bike Magazine, and CLIF Bar  The lights haven’t gone out yet! Sweetgrass Productions is back with Darklight, a film that takes viewers back into a world of light and color. Supported by innovative television manufacturer Philips TV, this is the third collaboration between the soulful filmmakers at Sweetgrass Productions and Swedish creative house Ahlstrand and Wållgren. Follow professional mountain bikers Graham Agassiz, Matt Hunter, and Matty Miles on a mind-bending night ride through the moonscapes of Southern Utah to the Ewok forests of the Pacific Northwest. A physically and mentally demanding production, this piece was shot during the midnight hours over three intense weeks. With a scrappy and determined crew of 27, thousands of pounds of camera and lighting gear was slogged, rigged, soldered, hung and broken down each night. Unlike anything ever seen before in the world of mountain biking, Darklight features arrestingly beautiful landscapes and world class riding. An evolution of its predecessors, Darklight continues to push the creative bounds of action sports cinema. Director - Mike Brown Executive Producer - Zac Ramras  Assistant Director - Matt O'Connor  Production Manager - Rachel Franks Associate Producer - Sterling Lorence, Matt O'Connor   Assistant Producer - Max Santeusanio  Cinematography - Mike Brown, Jason Mannings, Zac Ramras, and Leo Zuckerman  Editor - Mike Brown Gaffer - Mark Stuen Key Grip - Kyle Metzger Electrics - Brant Beland, Scotty Frazer, Brandon Wilson  Mountain Techs - Carston Oliver, Shane Treat, Jordan Seldin  Lead Trailer Builders - Luke Beers and Ron Penney  First AC - Max Santeusanio Still Photography - Sterling Lorence  Drone Pilot - Nick Wolcott  Aerial Cinematography - Zac Ramras and Nick Wolcott  DIT - Bobby Gressel  Caterer - Sierra Gourmet Backcountry Catering  EMT- Blake Doss, Shelly Shugart, Polk County Fire Dept. BTS Unit - Jason Mannings  Production Assistants - Trevor Akimoto, Logan Bonwell, Ben Shumlin  Post Supervisor - Joel Bringmark  Sound Design - Jeff Yellen  Color - Erik Lindahl  Agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren Account Director - Ulf Ahlstrand Creative Director - Joakim Wållgren Account Manager - Louise Ekman  Art Director - Johan Schonfeldt Agency Producer - Mark Baughen, Colony MUSIC  "Old Statues", "Beat Primal", and "Desert"  Written and Performed by Other Lives “A Buru In New York”  Written by Gurrumul Yunupingu, Andrew Stanley*& Matthew Handley* © Published by SFM Publishing/Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia P/L & Sweat It Out Pty Ltd* "Winds Upon A Tin Roof" and "Coda"  Written and Performed by William Ryan Fritch  The DARKLIGHT film was developed in partnership with Philips TV to show the power of Ambilight and how adding light to an already great experience can enhance it even further.  Learn more about Philips Ambilight TV and the technology: or follow

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DARKLIGHT trailer – brought to you by Philips Ambilight TV

Experience the power of Ambilight: Since the start of Philips TV, it’s been in our core to create TV-moments beyond the ordinary. Philips Ambilight technology uses the power of light to enhance the things you love to watch, play and share. Inspired by what light can bring to an experience we have produced LIGHTWAVES and AFTERGLOW. Now the time has come to venture into the glowing world of light once more. In DARKLIGHT we release the light on a new scene and let it dance in the darkness, creating a world of visions and emotions where light caresses barren mountains and lush forests. Lights make the landscape come alive in a universe that is not really there, a dream world, an illusion. In this mirage of light some of the best riders in the world challenge themselves and create a truly beyond the ordinary moment. Watch it. Experience it. Feel every detail on Philips 4K UHD TVs. Welcome once again to the world of Philips Ambilight TV, using the power of light and best in class picture quality to give you an experience beyond the ordinary.  See AFTERGLOW:  See LIGHTWAVES: Learn more about Ambilight:  See how Ambilight works:  What is Ambilight:  Find your new Philips Ambilight TV: Like us on Facebook at Follow us on Instagram @philipstvs:

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Trail Hunter - Japan

Matt Hunter, professional mountain biker and adventure seeker, finds inspiration traveling the world, exploring new trails and having unique experiences that could only happen on a bike. Matt’s latest adventure brought him, along with photographer Sterling Lorence and videographer Matt Miles, to one of the most culturally rich and largely underrated riding spots in the world—Japan.  Music: "Only for You," By Heartless Bastards Featuring: Matt Hunter Jinya Nishiwaki Sterling Lorence Stumpjumper FSR 2FO Shoes Swat Bibs Special Thanks: Jinya Nishiwaki Paul Chetwynd Connect with us:  Production: Directed by: Matt Hunter & Matt Miles Filmed/edited: Matt Miles Audio: Grind Music & Sound Inc.

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