NFL Films Presents, in Partnership with Gibbon Slacklines, Receives Two Sports Emmy Nominations for the Film ‘Slackliner’

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Feature film on the sport of slacklining is nominated in the Outstanding Short Feature and Outstanding Camerawork categories

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Gibbon Slacklines is pleased to announce the nomination of the NFL Films Presents short film ‘Slackliner’ for a Sports Emmy© Award in the category of Outstanding Short Feature. Camerawork used in the feature was also a part of NFL Films’ Nomination in the Outstanding Camerawork category. This year marks the 34th year The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has presented these prestigious honors. Last summer, NFL Films joined Gibbon Slacklines, the world’s largest slackline manufacturer, to explore the effect the Super Bowl had on the sport after it was featured during Madonna’s unforgettable halftime show performance in 2012.    

“As a progressive sport, there is no better way to show the world what slacklining is all about than with our own athletes telling the story of their experiences, which is what this film delivers,” remarked Emilio Torres, vice president of sales at Gibbon Slacklines. “This is an incredible honor for us.”

The sport of slacklining first made the big stage during Madonna’s Super Bowl XLVI halftime performance last year, where millions of viewers experienced the thrilling acrobatics of one of Gibbon Slacklines’ professional athletes, Andy Lewis. NFL Films then joined Gibbon last year at the Teva Mountain Games Slackline Open to take a closer look the sport.

‘Slackliner’ chronicles Lewis’s amazing journey in the sport starting with his notoriety among the slacklining community as a talented trickliner, but still remaining unknown to the rest of the world. His 35 seconds in the spotlight has changed the sport forever, as this exposure has succeeded in drastically increasing the popularity of slacklining both as a professional, competitive sport and as an everyday outdoor activity.

“Slacklining captivated everyone during the Super Bowl halftime show,” said Jason Weber, the producer at NFL Films who produced ‘Slackliner’. “The visual artistry of slacklining, mixed with the people who have dedicated themselves to growing a new sport made it a great story that we were excited to bring to our audience.”

The 34th Annual Sports Emmy Awards comprises more than 170 nominees in 34 categories. Winners will be announced at a May 7 ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

For those unfamiliar with the sport, slacklining is the act of balancing along a narrow, flexible piece of webbing which is low to the ground and usually anchored between two trees. For more experienced slackliners, tricklining is executing different tricks, flips and jumps on the line while continually developing more creative moves with bigger air and advanced skill.

Slacklining is skyrocketing in popularity as an extreme sport, fitness trend and backyard activity for families thanks to global exposure during the Dew Tour, Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance and MDNA tour, NBC’s “The Office” and more. Gibbon is the world’s leading slackline manufacturer and is rapidly building the sport with their top-level pro team and by hosting competitions across the U.S. Gibbon’s easy-to-use equipment makes the sport accessible for anyone, from athletes to families.

To learn more about Gibbon Slacklines, please visit http://www.gibbonslacklines.com/us.

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About Gibbon Slacklines USA
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Gibbon Slacklines USA is the exclusive North American distributor for Gibbon Slacklines. Gibbon Slacklines are a fun and accessible way to increase balance, build muscle, and rehabilitate injuries.

Gibbon Slacklines are available at over 3,000 retailers across the U.S. The company holds slacklining competitions across North America and sponsors a group of athletes to travel the country introducing and teaching the sport of slacklining. For more information about Gibbon slacklines or the sport of slacklining, visit http://www.gibbonslacklines.com/us

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