CULVER CITY, CA, April 28, 2005 – To promote the upcoming film LORDS OF DOGTOWN, Sony Pictures is partnering with adidas Originals and other co-sponsors in presenting a 34 city amateur skateboard competition, “The Lords of Dogtown Skatepark Jam.” The three finalists will then have the opportunity to compete live in front of celebrity judges on MTV’s “TRL”. LORDS OF DOGTOWN will be released nationwide on June 3, 2005.
Amateur skateboarders will be invited to compete at skateparks in 34 cities, which will take place throughout the week of May 2, 2005. Competitors will perform on a basic street course for judges consisting of local radio personalities, skate pros and skatepark staff-members. One grand-prize winner will receive a 50″ Sony Wega Plasma HiDef Television, as well as various other prizes awarded by the individual sponsors.
LORDS OF DOGTOWN: In the 1970s, a group of teenage surfers from a tough neighborhood known as “Dogtown” in Venice, California pioneered a revolutionary new style of skateboarding. Riding the waves at the Pacific Ocean Park pier, the Z-Boys, known for their aggressive style and hard street attitude, combined the death-defying moves of surfing with the art of skateboarding and became overnight sensations and local legends. With empty pools as their canvas, the Z-Boys paved the way to what is now referred to as “extreme sports,” and created a lifestyle that spread infectiously to become a worldwide counterculture phenomenon. But all of this fame would take its toll on the friendships that they thought would last a lifetime as the sport that started out as an afternoon hobby turned into big business. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) and starring Emile Hirsch as Jay Adams, Victor Rasuk as Tony Alva, Heath Ledger as Skip Engblom and John Robinson as Stacy Peralta.
TriStar Pictures is the recently revitalized division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Upcoming releases for the label include Roman Polanski’s OLIVER TWIST, starring Ben Kingsley and Barney Clark; and RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, starring Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood, Joseph Cross, Alec Baldwin, and Jill Clayburgh.
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For more information, locations, entry forms and releases, and official rules and regulations for the contest, contestants should go to www.LORDSOFDOGTOWN.com
Contact: Danielle Rosenfeld TriStar Pictures (310) 244-7658
LORDS OF DOGTOWN SKATEPARK JAM SCHEDULE (tentative)
Contact skateparks or check www.lordsofdogtown.com for start times and more information