Thursday, January 27, 2011

Life Cycles wins Best Film at X Dance

Life Cycles OFFICIAL Trailer from Life Cycles on Vimeo.

(Courtesy of By Megan Michelson ESPN)

The X Dance Film Festival wrapped up Tuesday night in Park City, Utah. Life Cycles, a film about mountain bike culture, cleaned up at the awards ceremony, earning a standing ovation and winning Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Director to Ryan Gibb.

This is the first time a mountain bike film has won Best Film at X Dance. "Life Cycles had beautiful cinematography, with slow motion shots of guys riding in wilderness where you could see the seasons changing behind," says Ann Wycoff, co-founder of X Dance. "It really became a piece of art and then you had this incredible narrative about life and cycling and the cycles of life. It had real depth to it."
Launched in 2001, X Dance, an action sports film festival, happens at the same time each year as Utah's Sundance Film Festival. The film screenings took place at The Depot in Salt Lake City this year, the first time shows haven't been in Park City. But Tuesday night's awards ceremony, complete with a concert by Ozomatli, was at Park City's Harry O's.

Presenters at the awards ceremony included Wiley Miller, Jeremy Nobis, Erin Comstock and Fuzzy Hall. The award for Emerging Filmmaker went to Claire Gorman who made First Love, which also won Best Documentary. Among the other awards handed out Tuesday night: Best Editing went to Windsurfing Movie II, Original Score went to Dream Result, Best Soundtrack went to Look on the Bright Side, Best Short to Solo, Best Biography to Like a Lion.

Voleurz's Look on the Bright Side won Core film, Halo Effect won Best Adventure film, and Best Story went to Stoked and Broke.

Big-mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones won Athlete of the Year, and over 400 people showed up for the screening of his film Deeper. During the awards there were clips shown of skier CR Johnson and surfer Andy Irons, who both passed away in 2010, followed by a moment of silence in remembrance. "Every year we have these moments and it kind of breaks my heart," Wycoff said. "I always look around and think, 'Be careful out there.'"

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