Birdhouse Projects held a premiere for their new movie The End at the Galaxy theater in Santa Ana, California on October 8. Most of the Birdhouse crew showed up in suits, and some arrived in stretch limos. Every skater living within a 50-mile radius was in attendance, and while the pros mingled inside, skate rats scurried around collecting autographs.
Crackhead Bob, of The Howard Stern Show fame, introduced the film to the appreciative audience. Shown two hours late with a few sections missing, the meat of it was there: insane skating shot on 16- and 35mm film, exploding cars, abusive orangutans, food fights, decapitations, and flaming skaters.
Unfortunately, the real-life action after the showing was as aggressive as the chaos encompassed in The End. The moment the film ended, a stubby bouncer began swearing at everybody, ordering them to leave (even though Birdhouse had rented the theater until 1:00 a.m.). When the crowd was slow to react to the orders, the bouncer began literally throwing people down the spiral staircase. A skater called him a hillbilly, and he lost it. Fellow bouncers had to hold him back. As the festivities wound down, a few stupid skaters got drunk, tried to drive, and got busted.
Overall, The End seemed to easily surpass the hype surrounding it, and gauging from the cheering crowd, Birdhouse seems assured a hit. We caught up with Birdhouse Owner Tony Hawk to get his reaction to the night.
TWS: How much did your Armani suit cost?
Tony: Somewhere in the vicinity of 1,500 dollars. I’m not really sure because I bought it in Switzerland. I always wanted a nice suit.
How was dealing with Crackhead Bob?
A lot easier than his manager had warned us it would be–he the manager said he Bob couldn’t communicate or take care of himself.
What was the best aspect of the premiere?
That I didn’t get lynched for showing the video two-hours late. But Erin Tony’s wife got me a flask to calm me down. It was full of vodka at one point.
Was it a popular flask?
I didn’t share.
What was the worst aspect?
Overzealous bouncers who pushed people down the stairs.
Do you think throwing people down the stairs was that bouncer’s way of acting out some sort of sexual frustration?
I don’t really know. Perhaps more of a lifelong frustration–that’s why he chose that particular profession. The bouncers were full of too much rage. Floyd Birdhouse’s operations manager, who can definitely kick ass warned the bouncers if they didn’t calm down, he’d be as aggressive with them as they were being with others. The bouncers were a bit mellower by then; everything calmed down.
Did the premiere go off like you expected?
Kind of. I expected the video to be closer to finished than it was, but people seemed to like it. A lot of people told me they hadn’t seen a video like that since the Powell-Peralta days.
(The End should be available in your local skate shop by the time this is out.)