Los Angeles-based filmmaker Per Saari is head of development for Nicole Kidman’s production company, Blossom Films, and previously worked at Robert Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises. On his own, he makes documentaries. His most recent film is The Magic Knot, a 30-minute film about the Khumbu Climbing School, which was established to teach technical and safety skills to Sherpa climbers. I spoke with him primarily about an earlier film, Why He Skied, a 45-minute documentary he began shooting in 2002, a year after his older brother, Hans, died in a skiing accident near Chamonix, France. This interview was conducted in 2006.
People handle grief in so many ways. Some write poetry or essays; some compose or perform music. Why documentary? ...