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“Made In Venice” Film to be Released

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

7th Annual Skateboarding Hall of Fame Inductees and Icon Award Recipients Announced

SHOF TrophyThe International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) and the International Skateboarding Hall of Fame have proudly to announced this year’s Skateboarding Hall of Fame inductees: Skip Frye (1960s), Ty Page (1970s, Era One), Steve Alba (1970s, Era Two), Eddie Elguera (1980s, Era One), Tommy Guerrero (1980s, Era Two), Ed Templeton (1990s) and three women – Ellen Berryman (1970s), Cindy Whitehead (1980s) and Jen O’Brien (1990s). This year’s Icon Award recipients are pioneering skateboard company Powell-Peralta, photographer/writer/designer Mörizen “Mofo” Föche and legendary hardcore punk band Suicidal Tendencies. The induction and awards ceremony will be held on May 13th, 2016.

After four years of phenomenal growth onsite at the IASC Summit, this year the Skateboarding Hall of Fame will be held at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Hosting at this incredible new venue is made possible thanks to the generous support of our presenting sponsor Vans. The doors will open for happy hour at 5:00 p.m. on May 13th, with the VIP Meet-and-Greet and dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m., with the ceremony following at 7:30 p.m. Along with the induction ceremony and Icon awards, there will be musical performances by inductee Steve Alba and the Powerflex 5, as well as Icon award recipient Mofo of the Drunk Injuns. For tickets to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame, please visit:

“When Steve Van Doren let us know Vans wanted to step up and really do the Skateboarding Hall of Fame right as part of their 50th year anniversary celebration, I knew we’d have the chance to do something really special,” said Josh Friedberg, Skateboarding Hall of Fame Ceremony producer. “The show has just gotten better every year, but now that we’re in an event space like the City National Grove of Anaheim, there is no doubt in my mind that this will be the best year yet.”

Created in 2009, The Skateboarding Hall of Fame recognizes and honors the history of skateboarding and those influential figures who have significantly shaped skateboarding and our culture throughout the years. All proceeds benefit the not-for-profit efforts of the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the Go Skateboarding Foundation’s Just One Board initiative.

Selection for the Skateboarding Hall of Fame isn’t wholly determined by seasons, contest results or stats. Above all else, innovation, influence and creativity are honored as the drivers at the heart of the constant evolution of skateboarding.

Current Inductees include: Bruce Logan, Torger Johnson, Danny Bearer, Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, Jay Adams, Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Mark Gonzales, Danny Way, Eric Koston, Bob Burnquist , Patti McGee, Peggy Oki, Woody Woodward, Tom Sims, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, Rodney Mullen, Christian Hosoi, Wendy Bearer Bull, Laura Thornhill Caswell, Gregg Carroll, Jim Muir, Steve Olson, Lance Mountain, Natas Kaupas, Laurie Turner DeMott, Ellen Oneal Deason, Brian Logan, Henry Hester, Duane Peters, Neil Blender, Chris Miller, John Cardiel, Robin Logan, Cara-Beth Burnside, and Elissa Steamer.

Current Icons: CR Stecyk, Larry Stevenson, John Humphrey, Frank Nasworthy, Glen E. Friedman, Black Flag, Warren Bolster, NHS, Devo, Steve Van Doren, James O’Mahoney, Tracker Trucks, Fausto Vitello, J.Grant Brittain and Pipeline Skatepark.

The Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Icon Awards Ceremony is a production of the International Association of Skateboard Companies’ Go Skateboarding Foundation under license from the International Skateboarding Hall of Fame™.

Chris Gentry and The Pro Trainer

YouTube Preview ImageIf there’s one thing that’s certain amongst skateboarders and skateboarding, creativity has always been a part of what we do in life. Well, leave it to veteran professional skater Chris Gentry to help design and release his new skateboarding product, The Pro Trainer. Yes, this device will help you learn those technical kickflips, heelflips and variations whether you’re a strict street assassin or a seasoned swamp trog looking to add variety to your short list of vert tricks. Indeed, if it’s raining, you’re training!

The Screaming Hand Art Show Returns

Scream hand toutAfter making its way around the globe, The Screaming Hand 30th Anniversary Art Show has made its way back onto American Soil. With a heavy touring schedule throughout 2016, be sure to check it out in a city near you! Stops include: San Jose, Phoenix, Austin, St. Petersburg, Hoboken, Boston, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle, Portland, and Santa Cruz.

Vans PROPELLER World Premiere: Skate Team Interviews

The Vans PROPELLER World Premiere took place in Los Angeles, CA and the entire Vans Skate team was in attendance. Chris Cote was there and caught up with all the guys on the red carpet before the premiere.

Check out Anthony Van Engelen, Gilbert Crockett, Daniel Lutheran, Curren Caples, Chima Ferguson, Jeff Grosso, Kyle Walker, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Elijah Berle, Tony Alva, Rowan Zorilla, Dustin Dollin, Geoff Rowly, Chris Pfanner. Download PROPELLER now by clicking here.

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