SKATEBOARDING MOVIES ARE RARE - THERE AREN'T AS MANY OUT THERE AS SHOULD BE. IT’S A SHAME AS SKATEBOARDING HAS SUCH A HUGE AMOUNT OF POTENTIAL: MOST SKATERS LIVE PRETTY DYNAMIC LIVES, AND THE COMPETITIVE SKATEBOARDING SCENE IS HUGE!
WE FOUND OUT AND PRESENT HERE THE BEST SKATEBOARD MOVIES FOR ALL THE FANS AND LOVERS OF THIS SPORT!
1986 THRASHIN’ (SKATE GANG) – DIRECTED BY DAVID WINTERS
When this film was released in 1986 it was not well received by the critics, saying that the film was just a poor skateboard version of West Side Story or Romeo and Juliet. However, Thrashin’ gained somewhat of a cult status among the kids of the 80′s – it had all the right ingredients: gang rivalty, forbidden love, break dancing, and most important, some really cool skateboarding (ramp, street, freestyle, pool, downhill…) performed by some of the best skaters of the 80′s, including Tony Hawk, Tony Alva, Per Welinder and Christian Hosoi.
1987 THE SEARCH FOR ANIMAL CHIN – DIRECTED BY STACY PERALTA
Skateboarding film featuring the Bones Brigade. It is one of the first skateboarding films to have a “plot”. The Bones Brigade travels around California, Nevada, and Hawaii to different skate spots in search of a wisened old man, Won Ton “Animal” Chin. The movie is of the old-school nomadic, skate-everything-in-your-path genre with interludes of stopping to rip-up a big ramp, pool or kicker.
1989 GLEAMING THE CUBE – DIRECTED BY GRAEME CLIFFORD
Christian Slater is the skateboarding star, playing Brian Kelly, a sneering and laconic teen outcast. He feels left out and envious of his adopted Vietnamese brother Vinh’s success as an honor roll student and as the center of attention in his family. When Vinh commits suicide, Brian is suspicious and rolls away on his skateboard to find out what really happened – and ultimately to avenge his murder.
1995 KIDS – DIRECTED BY LARRY CLARK
An American drama film written by Harmony Korine. It features Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, and Rosario Dawson, all in their film debuts. The movie is centered on a day in the life of a group in New York City and their unrestrained behavior towards sex and substance abuse (alcohol and other drugs) during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the mid-1990s.
2001 DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS – DIRECTED BY STACY PERALTA
An award winning documentary narrated by Sean Penn. The film explores the pioneering of the Zephyr skateboard team in the 1970s (of which Peralta was a member) and the evolving sport of skateboarding in Southern California. Using a mix of film that the Zephyr skateboard team (Z-Boys) shot in the 1970s by Craig Stecyk along with contemporary interviews, the documentary tells the story of a group of teenage surfer/skateboarders and their influence on the history of skateboarding culture in the surrounding areas of Santa Monica and Venice, nicknamed Dogtown.
2002 STOKED: THE RISE AND FALL OF GATOR – DIRECTED BY HELEN STICKLER
Stoked follows Mark “Gator” ’Rogowski’s life in skateboarding and highlights his rise to fame and problem with alcohol and depression which, through various events in his life, led him to brutally rape and murder his ex-girlfriend’s former best friend. Interviews in the movie include Tony Hawk, Jason Jessee, Stacy Peralta, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero and Brandi McClain.
2005 LORDS OF DOGTOWN – DIRECTED BY CATHERINE HARDWICKE
The film follows a group of young skateboarders from Venice Beach area of California during the early 1970s, who took skateboarding to the extreme and changed the world of sports forever. Stacy Peralta, Tony Alva and Jay Adams are the Z-Boys, a bunch of nobodies until they create a new style of skateboarding that becomes a worldwide phenomenon. But when their hobby becomes a business, the success shreds their friendship.
2007 PARANOID PARK – DIRECTED BY GUS VAN SANT
American-French drama film based on the novel by Blake Nelson. The movie takes place in Portland, Oregon. It stars Gabe Nevins as a teenage skateboarder who accidentally kills a security guard.
The title refers to a skateboard park underneath a bridge in Portland: a place where, they say, “dead bodies” are buried beneath the contoured cement. It also describes the confused conscience of Alex, who reads aloud from his journal as if he was delivering a book report in class, but he’s trying to confess the darkest secret of his young life.
2013 THE MOTIVATION – DIRECTED BY ADAM BHALA LOUGH
The Motivation is a documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In the film, eight of the world’s best pro-skateboarders prepare for the upcoming Street League Skateboarding Championship in New York City. Each equally talented, they all must overcome unique challenges – family pressures, injuries, money, fame and their own internal struggles – for a chance to win $200,000 and the title of best street-skateboarder in the world.