The world’s premier actions sports film festival is offering FREE FRIDAY AFTERNOON SCREENINGS to invite people to come to X-Dance!

Running side-by-side with the Sundance Film Festival, the 9th annual X-Dance Festival will be held in Salt Lake City on January 16-20, 2009. The festival headquarters and screening room are located at the Off-Broadway Theater (272 South Main Street).

For four days X-Dance will screen 35 of the finest films in adventure and action sports spotlighting Snowboarding, Skiing, Surfing, Mountain Biking, MotoCross, Skateboarding, Rockclimbing, and Kayaking. Engaging Q&A sessions follow each screening giving the audience the chance to meet the filmmakers and icons from their favorite sports. 

As festival director Brian Wimmer explains, “X-Dance moved from Park City to Salt Lake last year and we want to invite the community to experience our festival. The best action sports films from around the globe are being shown here in Salt Lake, and we want to give everyone a chance to see them.  It’s our way of saying thank you to Salt Lake City for supporting our festival! Hopefully people will come and check out our free screenings on Friday and realize that we’ve got a really exciting thing going on.  You can meet the filmmakers and athletes at the festival as well.”



12:00   BEEN THERE DONE THAT (short) 


12:20   SURFING 50 STATES 

In this travel documentary two Australian friends find a wacky way of surfing in all 50 states of the USA, whilst celebrating the diverse American culture. The 7-month, 20,000 mile journey puts the boys in all situations, from surfing icy waves in Alaska to 15-foot piles of potatoes in Idaho.



1:35  THE FOREIGNERS (short)



A high-definition, full-color snowboarding film starring the influential members of the Forum team including Peter Line, Joni Malmi, Eddie Wall, John Jackson, Travis Kennedy, Pat Moore, Jake Blauvelt, Stevie Bell, Jake Welch and Nic Sauve. The film contains a compelling mixture of video imagery documenting remarkable backcountry adventures, progressive urban exploits and the notable times spent in between.


2:45    ARCHY 

Directed by award-winner Bill Ballard, ARCHY is a timeless film that tells the story of three very different generations in surfing through the life of Matt Archbold. Spanning the 80’s, 90’s, 2000 and beyond, Archy’s amazing story is one of survival through surf stardom at an early age, fame, drugs, alcohol, sponsorships and the surf rock star lifestyle. Light will finally be shed on the true-life story of one of the most charismatic and legendary surfers in history.



The first, true historical documentation of hardcore, ski bum culture in North America tells the tale of a secretive, underground crew who call themselves the Jackson Hole Air Force. The film explores the salad days of Benny Wilson, Howard Hendersen, Doug Coombs, and their band of civil disobedients in the unknown realm of Out of Bounds.




Tickets are $7 per movie ($5 for students) or $40 for a 4-day pass ($25 for students). Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Off-Broadway Box Office. or call 801-355-4628. The X-Dance film schedule is listed on the website:


Open forums for question and answer sessions after each screening with filmmakers and featured athletes.


Athletes expected to attend the festival: epic snowboarder Travis Rice, big wave charger Ross Clark Jones, legendary skier Scott Schmidt, moto bad boy Twitch Hoodrich, sassy snowboarder Erin Comstock, mountain biking maniac Chris Van Dyne, big mountain extreme skier Micah Black, and big-wave surfer Dave Kalama.


X-Dance Awards Ceremony and Closing Party will be held on Tuesday, January 20th at 7p.m.  Industry stars and celebrities join bands and DJs to celebrate the best in action sports filmmaking, while the extraordinary VJ, Brien Rullman, transforms the enormous room into a mesmerizing, wall-to-wall montage of action sports imagery. Hosted by Chris Cote. Open to public.  Bouncing Souls will perform along with renowned DJ Sammy Slice from Philly.  Tickets $10.  Located at Elevate: 155 West 200 South;  For more details please go to






Now in its 9th year, the X-Dance festival has become the focal point for the action sports creative community. We are pleased to announce our 2009 sponsors.


Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, Transworld, Sailor Jerry’s Rum, Utah Sports Commission, Local Have More Fun, ESPN, VAS, Good Vibes For You Water, Cristaux International, Mirror Films, Fiber Skateboarding, Numa Tactical, Oakley,, and



For more information please check out the X-Dance website: