There are very few things worth risking your life for. Initially, BMX riders were in danger of breaking a bone or suffering a concussion, but thanks to Mat Hoffman, the sport has transitioned into a far more daring activity that, in the most extreme cases, can bring athletes to the brink of death. Birth of Big Air details Hoffman’s rise to fame, his domination of the industry and the introduction of the mega ramp.
While promoting the film at the Tribeca Film Festival, producer Johnny Knoxville and director Jeff Tremaine were eager brag about Hoffman’s monumental impact on the sport as well as his passion, perseverance and dedication. A humble Hoffman listened on as his co-workers and friends praised his work and returned the acclaim by commending their filmmaking technique, particularly how they used those with a similar passion for BMX to tell his story.
But of course, there was no achieving greatness without suffering a slew of injuries. Quite a few of Hoffman’s bumps and bruises make it into the film, but there is no way to include them all. The boys bring up one particular spill after which Hoffman was fitted with an artificial ligament in a hotel room.
Hear about all this and much more for yourself in the video interview with Knoxville, Tremaine, and Hoffman below. Birth of Big Air is currently available On Demand and is set to air on ESPN in July.
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When walking into a film directed by Jeff Tremaine and produced by Johnny Knoxville, you expect to get something shocking and gruesome a laJackass, however, this isn’t the case with Birth of Big Air. Not that the boys of Jackass don’t have heart, but the degree of dedication and ardor exemplified in this film is unfounded. ButJackass enthusiasts aren’t left empty handed. There’s certainly enough action and accidents to go around, but rather than giving yourself paper cuts as a recreational activity, Mat Hoffman is risking his life for the sake of his passion.
BMX has been around for quite a while, but it wasn’t until Hoffman arrived that the sport evolved from a rogue hobby into a respected show of athleticism. Tremaine kicks off the piece with a look at BMX’s early days, all the way back to Bob Haro in the late 70s. As the sport builds momentum, so does the documentary. Tremaine seamlessly eases in Hoffman’s story as though it were merely another notable timely progression. But perhaps that’s because it was. From the moment Hoffman’s mother decided to submit a photo of her son getting some serious air to a magazine, BMX would never be the same.
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With Birth of Big Air making its big debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, the boys of everything and anything insanely dangerous, Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine, came out to support their latest project. The film is part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, 30 documentaries celebrating 30 different trends, people or occurrences in the world of sports. This film, directed by Tremaine and produced by Knoxville, focuses on the man responsible for inspiring the mega ramp event at the X Games, Mat Hoffman.
After chatting with me today about Birth of Big Air, Tremaine, Knoxville and Hoffman took some time to provide a brief glimpse of Jackass 3-D. Naturally, Tremaine and Knoxville assured us that round three will be just as traumatizing, if not more, than the first two. They’re in the midst of shooting the film right now, thankfully in 3D rather than relying on a post-production conversion, and in the words of Tremaine, there will be “poo-poo, pee-pee, throw up” galore. And why is Hoffman in on this conversation beyond the fact that he happens to be promoting Birth of Big Air? Because he’s making a cameo in Jackass 3-D! It’s a quick part of the interview that’s easy to miss, but Tremaine provides a nod of confirmation around the 35 second mark.
Knoxville also shared a little about the untitled omnibus comedy that’s been getting loads of attention. The cast boasts names like Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz and many more. The film will be comprised of 17 different shorts created by various directors including Griffin Dunne and Bob Odenkirk. Knoxville confirms he’s wrapped his segment, which was shot by Brett Ratner and features himself and Seann William Scott.
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