Low-budget documentary is all the rage at posh movie convention.
Stacy Peralta and Craig Stecyk’s documentary film, Dogtown And Z Boys, has turned the heads of movie execs at the famed Sundance Film Festival this past weekend. Tracing the roots of skateboarding’s modern style, Dogtown presents the story of the original Zephyr Skateboard Team. These individuals rose from the dilapidated neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice, California, infusing their aggressive brand of skateboarding with smooth surf style, inadvertently influencing their entire generation of skaters–and all that followed.
The roots of modern skating were planted in Dogtown, and in that light the film is as much about the origins of skateboarding as it is about the Zephyr skaters: Stacy Peralta, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Bob Biniak, Shogo Kubo, Paul Constantineau, Jim Muir, Peggy Oki, Nathan Pratt, Wentzle Ruml, and Alan Sarlo.
Funded by Vans and directed by Z Boy Peralta (who teamed with Stecyk to produce such Bones Brigade gems as The Search For Animal Chin and Propaganda in the 80s), the film has garnered rave reviews that cite its authenticity and raw editing style. All screenings of Dogtown, including added showings, quickly sold out. The private party for the producers, crew, and “cast” was at capacity with hundreds of fans and friends left outside.
When skateboarding exploded in the mid 70s, the Z Boys were the most famous names in the sport. A quarter-century later, with their story on film and ripe for national-theater distribution, they may become even better known.
It’s about time.
In our rush to invent or identify the next-best-thing, skateboarders have always neglected our past. But skateboarding is what it is thanks to the creativity, dedication, and sacrifice of previous generations. They developed the style, the tricks, and the equipment that we would inherit, evolve, and eventually pass on. Skateboarding is a progressive continuum that the Z Boys may not have created, but they definitely tweaked and redirected it toward our present coordinates.
Dogtown And Z Boys is the story of a group of kids invading the school yards and backyards of 1970s Los Angeles. It’s also the history of every modern skateboarder eager to push themselves–and the sport–beyond the status quo.
Dogtown And Z Boys will release to theaters nationwide in the coming months. Stay tuned for updates.
For more information on the film, Dogtown, and the Z Boys, check out zboys.com, sundance.org, vans.com, and dogtownskateboards.com.
Click here for the L.A. Times story on the Sundance premiere of Dogtown And Z Boys: http://www.calendarlive.com/top/1,1419,L-LATimes-Sundance-0!ArticleDetail-18320,00.html
Also read our previous story on the film: http://www.skateboarding.com/magazines/skatebiz/00/873.html