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"The Birth of Big Air" heads to Anaheim

Mat Hoffman. Dickhouse Productions

The Mat Hoffman documentary "The Birth of Big Air" will be spotlighted at the Anaheim International Film Festival, taking place October 13-17 at Anaheim GardenWalk in Anaheim, Calif. Hoffman and Dickhouse producer Priya Swaminathan will host a pre-screening discussion before the film, which runs on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. Running in conjunction with the Anaheim International Film Fest Sports Showcase, the AIFF will additionally host a live BMX demo from Larry Edgar, Dan Norvell, Daniel Sandoval, Ross Lanier, Joey Cordova and announcer Paul "Grotbags" Roberts.

"Orange County is home to a thriving sports community that includes star athletes, some of the world's largest sports retailers, enthusiasts and more," said Sinan Kanatsiz, chairman, Anaheim International Film Festival. "We felt it would add an exciting new dimension to highlight the worlds of surf, skate, BMX and dirt biking both in cinema and with our live BMX exhibition. Sports fans of all ages are invited to come and enjoy these exciting films and events."

Directed by Jeff Tremaine and produced by Academy Award nominee Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville, "The Birth of Big Air" documents professional BMX rider Mat Hoffman and his dream to conquer big air, which he did in 1992. Before the X Games and before modern television coverage of BMX, Mat Hoffman had built a gigantic quarterpipe in a remote field in Oklahoma City and was doing airs in the 25-foot range. The sheer physics of the feat is stand alone crazy. But for Mat Hoffman, it was one of many chances to dream the impossible and transform his dreams into reality. "The Birth of Big Air" premiered nationally in July as part of ESPN' Films "30 for 30" documentary series.

The AIFF will additionally screen selections from surfing ("The Shortboard Revolution") and skate ("Fully Flared"), with a pre-screening discussion from "Fully Flared" co-director Ty Evans.