HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Travis Pastrana and his Nitro Circus crew premiered their new film "Nitro Circus The Movie 3D" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, aka X Games Eve, before a private audience of action sports athletes and VIPs.
The film, which officially opens internationally on Aug. 8, was directed by Greg Godfrey and Jeremy Rawle and produced by Godfrey Entertainment, Red Bull Media House, and Wasserman Media Group. It is the first of the popular Nitro Circus films -- previously straight-to-DVD affairs -- to get a theatrical release, and is the crew's first 3D production. The film is being distributed worldwide by ARC Entertainment.
"When everyone said, 'you guys can't do a movie,' they self-financed the film and gave all of us, and all of you guys, a chance to have a good time, travel the world with all our best friends, and do really, really dumb things," Pastrana said, thanking the filmmakers, co-producers, and distributors before the premiere as he introduced the film. "Epic make or epic fail, you're going to see a lot of epic."
Indeed: The film opens with a massive group session featuring more than a dozen freestyle motocross riders, dune buggy drivers and monster truck drivers in a chaotically choreographed dirt-jumping free-for-all that makes spectacular use of 3D camera technology -- so many vehicles are soaring through the air it's hard to keep track of them all. It then builds up to the 2011 Nitro Circus Live show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with stops along the way in Utah, Pastrana's home compound in Maryland and the new Nitro City Action Sports Resort in Panama.
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