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X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival hits SLC this weekend

by Burritos and Snow November 6 2012 0 Comments

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The 13TH annual X-Dance Film Festival takes place this week November 8th-11th at The Depot in downtown Salt Lake City. The X-Dance Film Festival is ā€œthe Academy Awardsā€ of action sports and features a wide variety of full-length films and shorts across multiple genres. This year sees submissions coming from Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Wake Skating, Sky Diving, Skiing, Base Jumping, Mountain Biking, and numerous more. With over 100 submissions each year you can be assured that the 30 finalists are the upper echelon of action sports cinema.

This year there is a new event in partnership with GoPro called the GoPro clip of the year. GoPro selected a ā€œclip of the dayā€ through out the past year and then narrowed it down to seven clips for this special competition. The X-Dance Judges will choose a winner this weekend to be the first GoPro Clip of the year recipient. See the finalists here.

In addition to the 8-12 hours of movies each day there will be a variety of lifestyle-oriented events that celebrate this special culture. The X-Dance festivalā€™s question and answer panels that follow many films include film-makers and athletes and have become one of the highlights each year. This is where attendees get to directly interact with some of their favorite athletes and film-makers as they discuss their craft. In addition the X-Dance film festival always holds it down with great entertainment each evening following the days showings. This year will feature a performance from Expansion Sound System featuring Dj Babu and Raka of Dialated Peoples Thursday Night to kick off the festival right.Ā  X-Dance also likes to celebrate the roots of these sports as well, and has lifetime achievement ceremonies each year. Past winners have included Warren Miller, Gary Fischer, Bruce Brown, and Jack McCoy. The event culminates Sunday with an award ceremony covering well over a dozen categories, and then the always fun closing night party.

The X-Dance festival is truly as diverse and unique as the people and lifestyles it honors. For a full list of event times and festivities visit X-Dance.org. AlsoĀ check them out onĀ FaceBook and Twitter to keep up with all the happenings over the weekend. Ticket information can be found at The Depot website.

Itinerary of showings (subject to change)

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

1:00 pmĀ  Ready to Fly (Ski Jump)

2:30 pmĀ  TGR (TBD)

4:00 pmĀ  Magic Moments (Windsurf Short)

4:20 pmĀ  Resonance (Snowboard)

5:10 pmĀ  WE: A Collection of Individuals (Ski)

6:10 pmĀ  Strength in Numbers (Mountain Bike)

7:10 pmĀ  Rewarded (Windsurf Short)

7:45 pmĀ  Science of Airborning (Ski/Board Short)

8:00 pmĀ  Jeremy Jonesā€™ Further (Snowboard)

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

1:00 pmĀ  Moonwalk (High Line Short)

1:15 pmĀ  La Dura Dura (Climb Short)

2:00 pmĀ  The Kyrgyzstan Project (Climb Short))

2:30 pmĀ  Honnold 3.0 (Climb)

3:15 pmĀ  Gauchos del mar:Ā  Surfing the American Pacific (Surf)

4:30 pmĀ  The Africa Project (Surf)

6:15 pmĀ  The Disappearance (Surf Short)

6:30 pmĀ  Why We Jump (Skydive Short)

6:50 pmĀ  BIRDMEN:Ā  The Original Dream of Flight (Base Jump)

7:45 pmĀ  Children of the Wind (Windsurf)

Saturday, Nov 10, 2012

11:30 amĀ  Camplibs (Skate)

12:10 pmĀ  Discrete ā€“ Eye Of The Condor 2 (Ski Short)

12:25 pmĀ  Sunny (Ski)

1:30 pmĀ  13 (Snowboard)

2:30 pmĀ  White Silk Road:Ā  Snowboarding in Afghanistan (Snowboard)

3:30 pmĀ  Tempting Fear (Ski Short)

4:05 pmĀ  Where the Trail Ends (Mountain Bike)

5:45 pmĀ  Reed Hansenā€™s Battle Falls ā€“ The Whole Story (Wake Skate Short)

6:00 pmĀ  Slipping:Ā  Skateā€™s Impact on Egypt (Skate)

7:00 pmĀ  First Descents PSA

7:15 pmĀ  Congo ā€“ The Grand Inga Project (Kayak)

8:45 pmĀ  Wright Side Of Wrong (Surf Short)

9:15 pmĀ  Immersion the Movie (Surf)

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012

4:30 pmĀ  doors open

5:00 pmĀ  XD Institute (All Ages. Free Admission.)

8:o0 pmĀ  Awards CeremonyĀ  (All Ages. Free Admission.)

9:30 pmĀ  Closing PartyĀ  (All Ages. Free Admission.)

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Daniel Cochrane grew up on the East Coast and South East where he surfed and skateboarded. Upon moving to Salt Lake City in 1996 picking up snowboarding was a no brainer. He has spent much of the sixteen years since exploring all that the Wasatch has to offer from groomers and backcountry to powder days and park laps. His background in skateboarding definitely shows itself in his riding not only in the park but in his free riding as well. The DIY (Do It Yourself) aspect of the snow/skate culture prompted him to begin writing about his adventures three seasons ago on his own blog. The success of that blog led to writing with other snow outlets around Utah and ultimately to writing for Ride Utah. Basically Daniel loves snowboarding and Utah and he just wont shut up about itā€¦.

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