The Signal Hill Speed Run was the world’s first downhill skateboard race and the competitors vied for a prize that wouldn’t even cover their medical expenses. This thrilling, chilling and insightful documentary, narrated by Ben Harper, will be screened for the first time in Northern California on Tuesday, April 1st as a fundraiser for Marcus Rietma. Click right here for more information regarding the event and how you can obtain tickets for a great cause.
In this fourth episode Ed discusses the depths of a dark era for skateboarding, with his financial problems, feuds and becoming an unsponsored professional. But Ed’s creative spark endured he put together the a scrappy company called Toy Machine Bloodsucking Skateboard Company. As the months and years and assorted Toy Machine team riders rolled on, Jamie Thomas nailed the production with “Welcome to Hell”, the video that would cement Ed and Toy Machine’s legacy. Tune in.
As veteran skate professional Jamie Thomas enters his 20th year as a pro, he reminisces about former video parts, tales of lost footage and more for ESPN.
In the works for the past two years or so, the SK8FACE film which digs into the history and evolution of skateboard art and culture is nearing completion. Up to this point, SK8FACE founder and filmmaker Matt Bass’ creative efforts, travel and hours invested in this project have been self-funded.
The next phase of this worthy project involves editing, motion graphics, photo and music licensing, mastering and more.
Head over to SK8FACE’s Kickstarter page where you can learn more and pledge funds to the fundraising effort needed to complete this very insightful and important film. Have a look at the SK8FACE micro movie series as well!