Don’t Fence Him InSOURCE NOWNESS
Until age eleven, Jason was more interested in grinding rails on his skateboard than playing any "traditional sport."
And so, it's no surprise that he was not easily persuaded when a childhood friend encouraged him to try fencing. "Fencing?" Jason asked derisively. "You mean like the stuff that I have to hop over to get in the skate park?" Fortunately for everyone, Jason was misinformed. Fencing did not refer to some newfangled way to scale those pesky barriers. With his parker career over before it started, he agreed to try fencing. The real "fencing."
With his athletic bona fides and movie-star looks, Texas-born Jason Rogers is poised to be the Nacho Figueras of fencing. Enter filmmaker Carter Peabody, who shines a spotlight on the Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medalist in The Duel, which is filmed for Nowness. The short captures Rogers, a master of the sabre discipline, performing his graceful épée step alongside nationally ranked American fencer Mihail Etropolski. As a director of fashion films for the likes of Jimmy Choo, MaxMara and Moët Hennessy, Peabody was inspired by the compatibility he saw between fencing and the luxury realm. “I realized that it made perfect sense for that world,” he says. “It’s a sport that is hundreds of years old—harkening back to a time when things were elegant, honorable and beautiful—but it also appeals to the modern appreciation of technique.” Outfitted in Ralph Lauren, Rogers and Etropolski charge and retreat with a precision mirrored by an Audemars Piguet watch; the choreography is underscored by French composer Henri Scars Struck's original track "Mr. John Barry", named in tribute to the iconic composer.