The Birth of Big Air

FILM SUMMARY:

In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX circuit as an amateur, and by 16 he had risen to the professional level. Throughout his storied career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations, instead, focusing his efforts on the purity of the sport and the pursuit of “what’s next.” His motivations stem purely from his own ambitions, and even without endorsements, cameras, fame and fans, Hoffman would still be working to push the boundaries of gravity. Academy Award nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sport fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, will showcase the inner workings and exploits of the man who gave birth to “Big Air.” – ESPN FILMS “30 for 30”

DIRECTOR:
Jeff Tremaine — IMDb

PREMIERE:
July 29, 2010 (ESPN)

REVIEWS:
“This documentary is an opportunity to re-introduce Hoffman to the wider world as an indomitable force of nature—a great, courageous, imaginative athlete; an entrepreneur; and a maniac so sick that even Evel Knievel is caught shaking his head in awe.” — THE A.V. CLUB

[The Birth of Big Air] is the briefest of glimpses into how Hoffman does it, how he launches himself and flies, twists and arches, each time thrilling and unique.” — POPMATTERS