Veteran skateboarder Rick McCrank goes on a journey exploring abandoned places with the people who love them long after the lights have gone out. Abandoned pays tribute to these modern day ruins, seemingly lost and forgotten, but not by everyone.
This episode is so big it had to get split into two parts… it’s basically a mini documentary about the history of trucks – John Lucero, Lance Mountain, Joey Tershay, Tony Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Allen Losi, Steve Olson, Sam Hitz, Rick Blackhart and others discuss how truck companies have shaped skateboarding from the beginning.
Made In Venice, a documentary, directed and produced by Jonathan Penson, featuring the inside story of the skateboarders of Venice, California, and their struggle to make the dream of a skatepark come true, will be released nationwide on August 25, 2016, via Abramorama.
The feature-length documentary carries the viewer through the history of Venice to present day, as it tells the story of the decades it took a relentless crew of skateboarders, surfers and civic activists to convince the City of Los Angeles to build a skatepark in the area that gave birth to modern skateboarding.
Made In Venice is not just a skate movie. It’s a tale of audacity, guts and hope filled with counterculture characters that overcame all obstacles to claim victory for the masses. Anyone that has fought for what they want can identify with this film. This is the story of visionaries that refused to give up the goal to build concrete terrain for future generations.
The film captures the firsthand stories and recollections of 40-plus years of skateboarding in Venice that started with the Z-Boys, and continued with its legendary street skaters and the iconic Venice Skatepark. Never-before-seen Super-8 and early video footage, along with rare black and white stills, take you back to innovative demos on the Boardwalk and skating the walls of the Pavilion, as the Venice skaters pushed the boundaries of street skating and put it on the global map.
Screening Dates and Locations
August 25 – September 1, 2016 – Laemmle Monica – Santa Monica, CA
August 30, 2016 – Laemmle Playhouse 7 – Pasadena, CA
August 31, 2016 – Laemmle NoHo 7 – North Hollywood, CA
August 31, 2016 – Megaplex Gateway Theatre – Salt Lake City, UT
September 1, 2016 – NorthWest Film Forum – Seattle, WA
September 5, 2016 – Gateway Film Center – Columbus, OH
September 7, 2016 – SIE Film Center – Denver, CO
September 11, 2016 – Hollywood Theatre – Portland, OR
Has the “Skateboarding in the Olympics” news gotten you all worked up? Well, rest assured the core of skateboarding will remain and long as you continue to jump fences, evade security guards, skate renegade spots and hang tight with those that continue to do so. The Good Problem’s Kevin Wilkins has garnered an insightful interview with Neal Hendrix that brings to light the work and relations between the IOC and Skateboarding’s recent addition to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. We tend to agree that it’s better us (skateboarders) than them (inline skaters) to represent skateboarding on the global stage every four years on this delicate matter. No matter what, skateboarding is you and your friends doing it day in and day out.