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X-Dance Film Festival

Sometimes, the most satisfying thing for an athlete—or even a couch potato—is inspiration. That begs the question: What could be more inspiring than watching the best action athletes in the world and the best action filmmakers in the world strut their stuff at an action-sports film festival?

Which brings us to X-Dance, which this year will screen 21 feature films and six shorts at The Depot (400 W. South Temple, 801-456-2800). Now in its 11th year, the festival offerings range from the reflective, like snowboarder Jeremy Jones’ Deeper, to the dramatic, like Tanner Hall’s heart- wrenching, intense bio documentary Like A Lion, to sheer adrenaline like Taylor Steele’s Castles In The Sky surf film and the rush of mountain biking as filmed by Ryan Gibb in Life Cycles.

X-Dance runs Jan. 22-24, with the awards ceremony at Harry O’s in Park City on Jan. 25. The festival has no connection with Sundance; it’s a world of its own, without Hollywood pretensions.

The screenings, which run from about 2-10:30 p.m. daily, will be watched by the filmmakers and A-list action stars such as Travis Pastrana, Tony Hawk, Laird Hamilton, Scot Schmidt and more. And they don’t mind if you go up and talk to them—though not while they’re watching a film. There will, of course, be the traditional bands and parties found at all film festivals.

An all-festival pass will cost you $40; admission for individual films is $8, with student discounts. For a schedule of events and screening times, go to the festival’s Website at

Date: Jan 25, 2011
Phone: 801-355-5522
Address: 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: The Depot