August 3, 2001 – Stacy Peralta’s “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” the winner of theAudience Award and the Director Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival,has been accepted to the Toronto International Film Festival. The film waswritten by Stacy Peralta and Craig Stecyk, produced by Agi Orsi andexecutive produced by Jay Wilson of Vans. It was narrated by Sean Penn.
“Dogtown and Z-Boys” will be released in April, 2002 by Sony PicturesClassics.
The high-flying “vert” style of skateboarding is such a defining element ofyouth culture, it’s hard to believe it wasn’t invented by a skateboardmanufacturer. In fact it was invented on the streets of Dogtown, a sectionof Santa Monica and Venice “where the debris meets the sea.” In the early1970s, this rundown urban beach neighborhood spawned the Zephyr SkatingTeam. The Z-Boys took their clunky skateboards onto asphalt-banked schoolplaygrounds and empty swimming pools and learned to “carve” thesethree-dimensional terrains in new ways, instinctively gravitating to afluid, surfing-inspired style that was both stylish and improvisational.The Z-Boys caught the mainstream skating world off guard at the Del MarNationals in 1975, where they made their first splash. Within a year, theaggressive Dogtown style came to dominate the sport, and its young masters,Jay Adams, Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta, became international teenagesuperstars. “Dogtown and Z-Boys” is the story of a group of gifted kids whoinadvertently inspired an American pop culture phenomenon.
Former Z-boy and Director Stacy Peralta combines interviews with theoriginal Zephyr team members: Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Bob Biniak, PaulConstantineau, Shogo Kubo, Jim Muir, Peggy Oki, Stacy Peralta, Nathan Pratt,Wentzle Ruml and Allen Sarlo, with the stunning photography of Stecyk andGlen E. Friedman.
Stacy Peralta (Director, Co-Writer) is an original Z-Boy and is consideredone of the founding fathers of modern skateboarding. At nineteen, Peraltawalked away from his skating career and formed the skate company PowellPeralta. With the help of trend-setting graphic artists Craig Stecyk andVernon Courtland Johnson, Powell Peralta became an industry leader in justfive years. Peralta and his company discovered Tony Hawk. They sponsoredhim for eleven years as the founder and coach of Powell Peralta’s BonesBrigade skateboard team. In 1984, Peralta and creative partner Craig Stecykproduced their first skateboard film, “The Bones Brigade Video Show,”launching a skate-video revolution that shifted the balance of power in thefield away from the traditional magazines and the corporate organizers ofcompetitive events. Many young skaters now routinely bypass competitionaltogether, choosing video instead.
Peralta has appeared in several skating films, including “Freewheelin'” in1976. He served as a second unit director on the films “Police Academy 4,””Gleaming the Cube” and “Thrashin.'” As a result of his video work with theBones Brigade, Peralta worked on Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” (1990) as a scenechoreographer and skateboard consultant. After leaving Powell Peralta in1991, he began directing and producing television specials, pilots andseries. He recently directed the interview series “Influences” for Bravo.