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ESPN to give Mumbai action buffs a dose of X Games excitement on the big screen

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ESPN's film Ultimate X, The Movie produced in conjunction with Touchstone Pictures will hit Mumbai shores on 24 May, through SPE India.

The film, which will be shown at the Imax dome theatre in Mumbai, chronicles the excitement and explosive drama of action sports shown on ESPN and takes a behind the scenes look into the channel's Summer X Games.

The 2001 X Games in Philadelphia take centrestage in the film, covering the extensive preparations atheletes go through for sports like skateboarding, biking, moto X, and street luge competitions where athletes lie their backs on their boards and speed feet first on to the giant screen. In addition, the film will present the stories of the athletes themselves.

And the state government is attempting to push through a local act at a time when the Central government has proposed an amendment of its Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 to incorporate conditional access systems.

Special P.O.V. camera mounts on bikes, skateboards and motorcycles guarantee an intense experience, says the company. The film moves back and forth between action, sound bites with faithful followers of the X Games, interviews with competitiors like Bucky Lasek, Mat Hoffman, Dave Mirra. The open and frank nature of the interviews illustrates the nave attitudes of both the participants and the audience, especially when it comes to the issue of injury.

A special highlight sees coloured cycles soaring fifty feet above the ground. Riders perform aerial acrobatics with their machines. The 40 minute film written and directed by Bruce Hendricks, has a puslating soundtrack, either from the likes of Fat Boy Slim, Moby and 3rd Strike.

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