By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
There are many many films that have come out through the years about skateboarding, some just took the culture as a means to sell and some try to tell you a story that involves skateboarding, however, there are very few that will let you hear the story from the guys themselves! The dudes and dudettes that were there as it all happened! This is one of those films.
Released in January 2001, the film was written and directed by Stacy Peralta himself! You might have heard of the guy but if you haven’t, he is basically one of the grandfathers of California’s skateboarding scene.
The film features footage obtained by Peralta and his collaborators so you might imagine the quality and the insight you will get from them, is one of the most important figures of the sport, he got the biggest names in the industry to participate in the film and tell the story from the eyes of those who saw it.
How Skateboarding Begun
The film will show you how skateboarding culture in California was widely influenced by the surfers from Santa Monica and Venice, an area that was nicknamed “Dogtown” from where one of the first skateboarding teams were created by no other than Jeff Ho, who saw an opportunity to gather kids from broken homes and give them an alternative to their chaotic lives and introduce them to the chill-out vibes of the wheels, pools and roads.
Most of the story develops as the evolution of freestyle skateboarding became pool skate and eventually what we know now as “vert”. All of this narrated by Sean Penn, also known for his involvement in the culture at the time.
One of the main advantages this film has above other skateboarding documentaries is the fact that as we mentioned before you are going to hear the story from the people themselves! Having interviews from all of the main and first recognized names in the scene that still cause sensation to this date. From Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta and all in between! These dudes will tell the story as they lived it!
The music trough this film will take you on a psychedelic trip that will perfectly display de vibes of the age! From hard rock to blues and the amazing guitar solos from Jimmy Hendrix, you will be in for the ride of your life so you better be prepared and enjoy this SHIT® the right way(wink).
The film has been highly appreciated by many film critics over throughout the times and even won 2 awards at the Sundance film Festival in 2001: The Audience Award and the Directing Award, along with the Independent Spirit Award for best documentary the same year.
There you have it my dudes! Highly recommended film especially if you love skateboarding history! So go ahead and grab some snacks and enjoy this flick!
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