Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator, To Be Released In August 2003.

OPENING IN LOS ANGELES ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 29

Stoked will be opening in the following theaters in Los Angeles:

Laemmle Sunset 5 in West Hollywood (8000 Sunset Boulevard)
Laemmle Monica in Santa Monica (1332 2nd Street)
Laemmle Playhouse in Pasadena (6673 E. Colorado Boulevard)
Laemmle Encino Town Center (17200 Ventura Boulvevard)
Regency Lido (Via Lido at Newport)

Six years in the making, Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator, is Helen Stickler’s brilliantly constructed documentary that charts the rise of skateboarding culture in the 80s using the life of the era’s most celebrated skater Mark “Gator” Rogowski as a point-of-entry.

Gator’s sexy good looks and bad boy attitude fueled his rise from local skate park hero to international superstar as big business moved in and turned skateboarding into a national passion with Gator as its pin-up boy. As trends changed within the now bustling industry, Gator was discarded and his rage eventually led him to an explosion of violence for which he is now serving hard time. Using a mix of jaw-dropping skateboarding footage, 80s nostalgia, music and interviews with all the key players including Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain and Steve Caballero, Stoked is also an intimate character study of fame gone sour for one charismatic but deeply troubled star.

Stoked had its World Premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, and just screened at the 2003 IFP Los Angeles and Seattle Film Festivals. Director Helen Stickler made the award-winning short, Andre the Giant Has a Posse,and was nominated for an Emmy for her work at MTV.

Palm Pictures will release Stoked in New York on August 22 and in Los Angeles on August 29. The film runs 82 minutes. The film has yet to be rated by the MPAA.