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 in January. Funded by Vans and directed by Z Boy Peralta, the film won the Documentary Audience Award and the Documentary Directing Award at Sundance.

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. All of the Sundance screenings of Dogtown, including added showings, sold out quickly. The private party for the producers, crew, and “cast” was at capacity with hundreds of fans and friends left outside. Vans was still negotiating a distribution deal at press time, but we speculate that the film will appear in specialty theaters by year’s end. For more information on Dogtown And Z Boys, check out zboys.com and vans.com.

TransWorld SKATEboarding Business magazine welcomes Saba Haider as its new assistant editor. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Haider spent some time at SBC Skateboard magazine before making the move to California. Among other things, she will be handling the Product Review and Biz Buzz sections. For more information, call her at: (760) 722-7777 ext. 228.

Previous SKATE Biz assistant editor Eric Sentianin has been blazing trails at TransWorld SKATEboarding as its new managing editor.

German skate photographer Helge Tscharn has released a hardcover book of his skate and portrait photography. Possessed (ISBN 3-932170-37-7) is a collection of 128 images that span from the early 80s to the present, and includes photos of Claus Grabke, Arto Saari, Henry Rollins, Mark Gonzales, Pantera, and many others. Possessed was published last year by Tropen Verlag, the book company that has released work by Mark Gonzales, and is available in the U.S. and Canada from Distributed Art Publishers, 155 6th Avenue, Second Floor, New York, NY 10013-1507.

Bones has released a follow-up line to its Skatepark Formula wheels. The ATF line features softer urethane poured over the stiff HardCore hub for use on rougher surfaces. Bones ATF wheels are available in 56 and 65 mm sizes.

The new Santa Cruz video, Uprising, is set for release on April 1. Santa Cruz promises some amazing footage from Eric Bork, Stacy Lowery, and Jayme Fortune. Sneak-peek clips of the video are posted on scskate.com. As part of the Day Of Uprising promotion, Santa Cruz will draw eight names from the pool of entrants and will subliminally edit those names into the video¿one name per pro section. Winners will have to spot their names and call Santa Cruz to claim their prize. A Santa Cruz pro and a photographer will visit each winner, bring some goodies, and hang out for a day of skating and shooting.

After the success of the Sessions Second Annual Tim Brauch Memorial Contest, Sessions Apparel has set up a nonprofit fund called the Tim Brauch Memorial Skatepark Fund. Significant donations have already been made by NHS and Etnies, and NHS has raised additional money. Halos Bearings is also planning on donating 25 cents from every sale of ABEC 7 bearings to the fund.

The money generated will be used to help build skateparks. Distribution of the donations will determined by friends of Tim, primarily Karina Morishige, Jai Tanju, and Justin Gold. Anyone interested in donating to the Tim Brauch MemoriaSkatepark Fund can contact Justin Gold at Sessions for more information: (831) 461-5080. Or e-mail to: Justing@sessions.com.

Element has diversified its deck line significantly with the launch of the bright-green lime-dipped Things line. The 8-by-31 1/2 Who Nose features symmetrical square ends, and the 7 7/8-by-31 3/8 Shovel Nose has a wide square nose with a traditional round tail. Both are made with Element’s Featherlight construction, and not since the Double Vision and World Industries Mike Vallely models of the late 80s have we seen such bold shapes from a major brand. According to Element, the Things line is inspired by Barker Barrett, meant “for fun,” and should encourage people to “smile daily” and “just be.”

Giant Distribution has hired Roger Harrell, who joined its production staff to help maintain a smooth operation. Harrell has been a SKATE Biz contributing writer since 1996. Giant has also hired Jeremy Corley as communications assistant at its satellite creative department, Little Giant. Corley will be helping Ryan Kingman with Giant team and related duties.

San Diego-based distributor Overboard Enterprises is handling the Killing Machine hardware line. Specializing in skateboard-specific, durable designs, Killing Machine offers a variety of sizes for all types of set-ups. Overboard has also recently begun distributing several hardgoods brands, including Adrenalin, Chapman, Halos, Progression Video Magazine, Satori, Supernaut, Thunder, and Unabomber. For more information, call (619) 702-3523. Or log on to overboardenterprises.com.

New from Dark Horse Distribution is the glow-in-the-dark ‘Kre-per truck, which features glow-in-the-dark bushings. The whole truck glows brightly for nighttime skate sessions.

Brian Wenning and Danny Garcia have turned pro and each will have two boards and two wheel models on Habitat. They also recently joined Kerry Getz, Fred Gall, Tim O’Conner, and Rob Pluhowski for a trip to Costa Rica to film for the upcoming Habitat video, which is due out by early 2002.

Reflex Bearings has released its new ABEC5 bearings and A.B.S anti-lock bearing system. Each of the ABEC5s utilize a nine-ball configuration, two more than the common seven-ball design. The wider inner diameter of the bearing fits over a T-sleeve and spacer, which prevent wheel lock from slipping axles.

Universal Hardware is the versatile new mounting equipment that can be tightened with either a Phillips-head screwdriver or Allen wrench. The cap nuts can also be tightened with an Allen wrench, and the nylon locking material is embedded in the tips of the screws rather than in the nuts. Other than that, Universal Hardware’s completely normal. For more information, call Imperial Distribution at (619) 233-3334.

In other Imperial news, Maple and Dynasty Skateboards welcome Mike Sinclair as their new team manager.

Beer City Skateboards has released six new decks for spring. To help promote the new line, Beer City pro Duane Peters and his band, The Hunns, went on a nationwide tour that left a path of destruction from California all the way to the SkatePark of Tampa, where the Master Of Disaster entered the SPoT pro contest. Check out the aftermath online at beercity.com.

The Inferno Skateboards team is touring through Eastern Canada this spring, making its way west through Winnipeg, Calgary, and on to Vancouver for Slam City Jam. Call Inferno for more information: (514) 875-8838.

Stand-up-speed record-holder Gary Hardwick now has a pro board out from TVS. TVS has also recently completed their first full-length video, Unleashed In The Middle East. For more information and to check out a teaser, log on to streetboards.com.

Mudge Hardware is a So Cal-based wholesaler that stocks everything from mounting hardware to kingpins in a variety of anodized and painted colors. A division of Mudge Fasteners, the company also offers custom bolts and packaging. For more information, contact Marisa Mudge at (714) 692-2112.

Skatepark designers and builders SITE Design Group (SDG) recently announced the addition of pro skater Chris Livingston to its staff. Livingston will be assisting Mike McIntyre, Brian Harper, and Dave Duncan with skatepark concept and design development. SDG has also hired Eric Mollencopf, Briggs Cunningham, and Greg Taylor. Mollencopf and Cunningham will head up SDG’s graphic design and Web department, while Taylor will assume the role of marketing director. SDG should also be moving into its new facility in May. The new 25,000-square-foot warehouse will be home to SDG’s skatepark-design studios, RampSkin’s headquarters, and an indoor skatepark. For more information on SDG, check out sitedesigngroup.com.

SDG’s RampSkin surfacing material can now be purchased as pre-drilled and pre-countersunk sheets to save builders time and money. Check out rampskin.com for details. The RampSkin line of surfacing materials has grown to include the new RampArmor, which is designed as a lower priced, higher-quality alternative to the phenolic sheets commonly used on ramps. See ramparmor.com for details.

Levitate Trucks has announced that Beatnuts Distribution is now handling the line in Germany. The trailer for the Elevate video, Uprise, can be viewed on the company’s Web site at elevatetrucks.com.

Elwood and Aesthetics welcome David Ritchie, who joins Ron Ressureccion on the sales staff. Also, Pat Top and Rian Pozzebon will be covering the Southern California area as road reps for Elwood and Aesthetics, as well as Axion shoes.

Crown Skateboards has appointed Dusty Senesac as team manager. Senesac is curently setting up a Midwest summer tour and a Southeast tour. Call him to arrange a stop: (850) 234 0017.

Last issue we reported that Kevin Harris won the pro division of the Flatland Freestyle Skateboarding World Championships held last November in San Francisco. He actually tied with Sweden’s Stefan “Lillis” Akesson. Our apologies to all. The next INFFS contest will be held on May 19 at West End Skatepark in Broadheadsvillle, Pennsylvania. For more information on flatland-freestyle events, e-mail the International Network for Flatland Freestyle Skateboarding at inffs@swipnet.se.

Big Daddy, Inc. has reorganized to cope with excessive fees incurred during recent litigation in which Big Daddy prevailed. The company characterizes the charge brought against them as a “frivolous ‘trade dress’ allegation.” Big Daddy considers their acquital essential to preserving the right of skatepark designers and builders to practice their trade.

Big Daddy, Inc.’s financial burden has forced its principals to reorganize and continue their ramp-building operation under a new corporation. Big Daddy Manufacturing, Inc. was established to continue uninterrupted product deliveries, and the new Big Daddy has increased its staff to continue designing and manufacturing precision-engineered ramp kits. Big Daddy Manufacturing has also announced a joint venture with Beckwith Associates, Inc. to establish a network of sales representatives throughout North America. These regional offices will focus on parks-and-recreation clients and provide on-site design and approval support. For more information, call Big Daddy at (714) 893-5621.

Mike Vallely loaded up the van and took the Accel. Wheels team to the East Coast for a windle East. For more information and to check out a teaser, log on to streetboards.com.

Mudge Hardware is a So Cal-based wholesaler that stocks everything from mounting hardware to kingpins in a variety of anodized and painted colors. A division of Mudge Fasteners, the company also offers custom bolts and packaging. For more information, contact Marisa Mudge at (714) 692-2112.

Skatepark designers and builders SITE Design Group (SDG) recently announced the addition of pro skater Chris Livingston to its staff. Livingston will be assisting Mike McIntyre, Brian Harper, and Dave Duncan with skatepark concept and design development. SDG has also hired Eric Mollencopf, Briggs Cunningham, and Greg Taylor. Mollencopf and Cunningham will head up SDG’s graphic design and Web department, while Taylor will assume the role of marketing director. SDG should also be moving into its new facility in May. The new 25,000-square-foot warehouse will be home to SDG’s skatepark-design studios, RampSkin’s headquarters, and an indoor skatepark. For more information on SDG, check out sitedesigngroup.com.

SDG’s RampSkin surfacing material can now be purchased as pre-drilled and pre-countersunk sheets to save builders time and money. Check out rampskin.com for details. The RampSkin line of surfacing materials has grown to include the new RampArmor, which is designed as a lower priced, higher-quality alternative to the phenolic sheets commonly used on ramps. See ramparmor.com for details.

Levitate Trucks has announced that Beatnuts Distribution is now handling the line in Germany. The trailer for the Elevate video, Uprise, can be viewed on the company’s Web site at elevatetrucks.com.

Elwood and Aesthetics welcome David Ritchie, who joins Ron Ressureccion on the sales staff. Also, Pat Top and Rian Pozzebon will be covering the Southern California area as road reps for Elwood and Aesthetics, as well as Axion shoes.

Crown Skateboards has appointed Dusty Senesac as team manager. Senesac is curently setting up a Midwest summer tour and a Southeast tour. Call him to arrange a stop: (850) 234 0017.

Last issue we reported that Kevin Harris won the pro division of the Flatland Freestyle Skateboarding World Championships held last November in San Francisco. He actually tied with Sweden’s Stefan “Lillis” Akesson. Our apologies to all. The next INFFS contest will be held on May 19 at West End Skatepark in Broadheadsvillle, Pennsylvania. For more information on flatland-freestyle events, e-mail the International Network for Flatland Freestyle Skateboarding at inffs@swipnet.se.

Big Daddy, Inc. has reorganized to cope with excessive fees incurred during recent litigation in which Big Daddy prevailed. The company characterizes the charge brought against them as a “frivolous ‘trade dress’ allegation.” Big Daddy considers their acquital essential to preserving the right of skatepark designers and builders to practice their trade.

Big Daddy, Inc.’s financial burden has forced its principals to reorganize and continue their ramp-building operation under a new corporation. Big Daddy Manufacturing, Inc. was established to continue uninterrupted product deliveries, and the new Big Daddy has increased its staff to continue designing and manufacturing precision-engineered ramp kits. Big Daddy Manufacturing has also announced a joint venture with Beckwith Associates, Inc. to establish a network of sales representatives throughout North America. These regional offices will focus on parks-and-recreation clients and provide on-site design and approval support. For more information, call Big Daddy at (714) 893-5621.

Mike Vallely loaded up the van and took the Accel. Wheels team to the East Coast for a winter tour. As he continues to log miles through the spring, check out the Accel. Web site for Vallely’s daily tour updates at accelwheels.com.

After a year of legal wrangling, Webb Trucks is now back in the hands of its Founder and Creator Vinnie Lopez. Assisting Lopez as team kingpin and marketing director is Eric “Arab” Groff. Webb is working on a nine-inch Dave Duncan signature truck, and am rider Scott Goodman was cast in the upcoming film MVP II, a story about a chimp who runs away and befriends a homeless skateboarder. For more information, call Webb at (562) 626-9177.

Real Skateboards crew has just put the finishing touches on their third video, Real To Reel. It includes Mark Gonzales, Cairo Foster, Keith Hufnagel, Max Schaaf, Matt Field, Jones, D. Busenitz, D. Bravo, P. Mackie, and J.T. Aultz. The free premiere will be held at Slims in San Francisco on April 6, with local premieres to follow across the country.

Real has also released its new Special Ops series on their new Star Light construction. The lightweight seven-ply construction features thinner cross plies and a steeper concave to retain strength.

Anti-Hero is working on a new video, which will feature lots of footage from the team’s nationwide bus tour. With help from Dan Wolfe, Tony Trujillo, Tim Upson, Brian Seber, Julien Stranger, and John Cardiel, the companywill wrap it up and release the new video this summer.

In other Deluxe news, Spitfire Wheels has recently added 34 new wheel designs to their selection. Multiply that by three to five sizes per wheel design and the result is, well, a lot of wheels. The Reese Forbes wheel, available in 51, 53, and 55 mm sizes, is a thinner tablet wheel embossed with fire-fueled graphics. Also, the John Cardiel wheel, with 53, 55, and 57 mm sizes is a more traditionally shaped wheel featuring new fireball graphics.

Vision has launched a Legends Never Die campaign with a retro-graphic deck series and reissues of classic Vision shoes. Vision has also released a new Tas Pappas pro shoe.

Comet also markets its own lines of decks, including Comet Downhill¿long skateboards utilizing vertically laminated hardwoods and aerospace composites. The company has developed a progressive-flex technology, Proflex, that it uses in many of its boards, including slalom and race boards. Each Proflex model is offered in soft, medium, and stiff flex patterns to accommodate a diverse range of riding styles. Comet is currently expanding and will be moving to a larger space and adding new equipment to increase its production capacity. For more information, call Comet at (415) 822-4430 or e-mail to cometskateboards@hotmail.com.

Navigator Trucks has a new website, navigatortrucks.com, which features comprehensive product information and will soon be updated with team profiles and photos. Navigator has also introduced its new Flame series of trucks, which features hot-rod style flame graphics on the hangers. In addition to 127 and 133 mm sizes, Navigator will soon be rolling out 143, 153, and 163 mm trucks soon. For more information, call (805) 375-7785.

Projects Distribution has launched a new clothing company called November. Its team consists of pros Erik Ellington, Alex “Trainwreck” Gall, Matt Mumford, and am Terry Kennedy.

Projects has also introduced a new backpack company called Capsule. All backpacks feature a lifetime warranty, and the Capsule team currently includes Mathias Ringstrom, Chad Fernandez, and Paul Machnau.

The Institute distribution is launching a new truck company called Pheonix Trucks. The team features pros Mike Santaros