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X-Dance film festival continues tonight at MontBleu

Tim Parsons

There’s a lot of “X-citement” around Tahoe this weekend.

The GoPro X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival, which in its 10 years has never been presented outside of Park City or Salt Lake City, made its out-of-state debut Friday and continues today at the MontBleu Casino Resort and Spa.

“We’re just coming to Tahoe to show off,” said Brian Wimmer, the festival’s founder and director.

The festival will also be presented at Huntington Beach. Wimmer wants to bring it to Australia, China, Brazil and South Africa next year.

The winner of Best Short Film – “Second Nature” – was recorded in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A popular YouTube download, the film features men in blue leisure suits skateboarding at 60 mph.

“Second Nature” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. tonight, followed by the winner of Best Film, “Mt. St. Elias.”

“It’s the first time a ski adventure film has won the whole festival,” Wimmer said. “It’s more of an expedition. The athletes climbed 18,000 foot mountain (on the Canada-Alaska border) to ski the world-record longest ski descent. It’s one of the most brutal mountains in the world to climb.”

Pioneering action sports filmmaker Warren Miller, who was one of the festival’s judges, will receive a lifetime achievement award when the movies are concluded. Miller was to have received the honor in January but could not because the 85-year-old broke his back skiing. Miller lost 13 pounds while in the hospital but he says he can golf and promises to be back on skis next winter.

“I was going to go this spring and the orthopedic surgeon showed up to ski with me, and he said what ever you do don’t even consider skiing until next year because your injury was 16th of an inch from your spinal column and if you fall you might have a real problem,” Miller said. “So I didn’t go.”

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