THAT'S IT, THAT'S ALL Wins Best Film; Travis Rice Takes "Athlete of the Year"
Salt Lake City, UT–The 9th annual X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival was held January 16-20th in Salt Lake City, Utah. Action sports industry leaders, athletes, celebrities, enthusiasts, and filmmakers gathered to celebrate the culture, and view the world's best action sports films. Audiences enjoyed Q&A's with filmmakers and featured athletes, and an open-forum panel on distribution and piracy issues. 35 features and 8 short films screened over four days at X-Dance Headquarters–The Off Broadway Theater on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake. Over 5500 people attended screenings, sponsor events and the final Awards Ceremony.
X-Dance 2009 culminated at club Elevate where the Awards Ceremony was hosted by TransWorld SURF Editor in Chief and on-air personality Chris Cote. Award presenters included big wave surfer Ross Clarke Jones, epic snowboarder Jeremy Jones, extreme skiing legend Scot Schmidt, mogul maniac Kristen Ulmer, Oakley skater Lauren Perkins, free skier Blake Nyman, Snow Publisher Barbara Sanders, Fuel TV's Shon Tomlin, punk rockers Bouncing Souls, and Mt. Everest's most famous sherpas Apa and Lhakpa.
It was a big night for Travis Rice as the film he starred in, That's It, That's All, nabbed both Best Film and Best Cinematography. Director Curt Morgan, producer Chad Jackson, and Executive Producer Circe Wallace were on hand to celebrate the double victory! The Hi Def and 35 mm stunning film, shot in New Zealand, Munich, Valdez, Tokyo, and Jackson Hole, boasts fluid camera work and epic snowboarding footage while following Travis' escapades.
Jeremy Jones presented fellow snowboarder Travis Rice with Athlete of the Year. Rice, a triple-threat, equally lethal in slopestyle, big air competitions or the backcountry, has won Gold Medals at X-Games, conquered big mountains across the globe, and invented jaw-dropping tricks.
In regard to his recent success, Travis adds, "2009 has been a great year so far, X Games 13 was awesome and I am happy about winning the gold medal. I am really proud of how well our film did at X-Dance for my partner Curt as well."
In 2007, X-DANCE launched their SAVE OUR PLAYGROUNDS campaign to spread the GREEN word. At this year's ceremony, X-Dance gave props to big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, honoring his work with PROTECT OUR WINTERS, the non-profit organization who's mission is to unite the winter community to stop global warming. (protectourwonters.org)
Newcomer to X-Dance, Dave Mossop, won Best Director for his film THE FINE LINE, a clever and cinematic view of the world's best skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and climbers interacting with avalanche specialists and depicting responsible back country action.
First-time filmmaker Dave Arnold from England won two awards for his film CHASING WAVES, first for Original Score and second as The VAS Emerging Filmmaker. His soulful intimate film details the life of Dede Suryana, a Muslim surfer from a small fishing village in Indonesia who is on the fast track to being a top global contender.
Ty Ponder's BETWEEN THE LINES, won Best Documentary, a poignant look at Vietnam War through the prism of the surfing sub-culture. Best Biography went to CLAY MARZO: JUST ADD WATER, directed by Jamie Tierney. This film explores the life and incredible surfing talent of Clay Marzo who has Aspergers.
Sherpa Apa, who has climbed Mt. Everest 18 times, and Sherpa Lhakpa who holds the speed ascent record, presented the Best Adventure Film award to Sender Film's THE SHARP END, a gnarly climbing film that explores the razor's edge between success and disaster.
Best Editing went to Oakley's UNIQUELY, a sassy innovative film and global trot that follows the ladies of Oakley as they command their sports in snowboarding, skim surf, skate and wake. Best Short Film honors went to LOOKING THRU THE B-SIDES, a super clever animated skate film directed by Saiman Chow and Sean Dougherty.
Sponsor Sailor Jerry's Rum provided the high-energy talents of punk rockers the BOUNCING SOULS and urban grooves of DJ Sammy Slice from Philly.
For a detailed list of all nominees and winners please visit x-dance.com.
X-DANCE would like to thank their incredible sponsors:
Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sailor Jerry's Rum, VAS, TransWorld Media, NOS Energy Drink, ESPN / X-GAMES, Utah Sports Commission , Good Vibes Water, Numa Opticals, Fiber Skateboards, Cristaux International, Downtown Alliance, Mirror Films, Siegeaudio, Locals Have More Fun, and wandermelon.com
A special thanks to SALT LAKE CITY for rolling out the red carpet for us!
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