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Film, Skate

i was a skate rat.

November 25, 2014

i was a skate rat.

The sun drenched, cascade of sub and ex-urban cul-de-sacs crawl across the state of Florida, much like its creeping kudzu brethren to the north. A constant source of derision among urban planning futurists, architects, and environmentalists alike, the vague banality of suburban life has been excoriated for years by the culture class for representing the life draining, and waste producing by-product of our civilization’s greatest advances. Skateboarding, like life, as is so menacingly projected in 1993’s Jurassic Park, will find a way. It is in these island-like colonies, without the music scenes, without advantageous architectural density, and without the crews of peers that drove skating to new heights in urban environments, that some of skateboarding’s most pivotal moments transpired.

I was a Skate Rat, is a brief meditation on the nature of how suburban nomadic skateboarders find each other, build communities – and as is often the case in adversarial environments – use every inch of their limitations and blank canvas, to breed ideas that influence the life of skateboarders every day. From the kick flip, to the kick tail, Floridians are responsible for scores of technical and cultural advancements – and they are all skate rats.

words from Trey Edwards

In conjunction with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s traveling exhibition INNOSKATE 2014, presented in Florida by The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation & The Polk Museum of Art.

Film by Drew Miller.

Events, Skate

The Retreat x Lopez Island, WA

July 13, 2013

On August 17, Skatelite Brings The Retreat Skateboard & BMX Festival to Washington’s Lopez Island. “Skate, Ride and Rub Elbows with more than 15 of World’s Top Skate & BMX Pros.”

The Retreat doubles as an expression session + vacation for legendary and groundbreaking skaters & BMX riders. Giving athletes a place to kickback and let loose after the frenzy of the competition season. The event is free to the public and offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to skate, ride and rub elbows with the pros that built and are defining the future of their sports.

To date, athletes confirmed for the event include: Bob Burnquist, Bucky Lasek, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Paul Rodriguez, Lincoln Ueda, Manny Santiago, Jett and Jagger Eaton, Mat Hoffman, Ryan Nyquist, Dennis McCoy,
Chad Kagy, Zack Warden, Simon Tabron and Steve McCann, with more to come.

More info here.

Film, Skate

GoldCoast Skateboards: California Design x Utah Engineering

January 24, 2013

An inside look at the lives and personal spaces of GoldCoast’s Product Developer Brock Harris, and Art Director Dustin Ortiz. Showcasing how the two opposites find their inspiration within their surroundings and come together to create GoldCoast’s truly brand.

DOP: Brian Hanson, Jonathan Bennett
Edit: Jonathan Bennett
Coloris: Jonathan Bennett
Audio: Keith Culver
Director/Producer: Bill Keller
Production: Hidden Notice


Film: Skaterdater 1965

May 19, 2012

Skaterdater is a short film made in 1965 by Marshal Backlar and Noel Black. With almost zero dialog, the film tells the story of a crew of barefoot skaters from Torrance California and the epic turmoil that develops between them when one of their members trades in his sweet racing stripe jacket for a girlfriend.

Spoiler Alert: There’s a nasty old lady with rocks…and a rolling tongue-stick headstand, about 3:30 in.

The skaters in the film were members of the Imperial Skateboard Club and the soundtrack features Davie Allan and the Arrows.

Skaterdater was the winner of the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival and was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Short Subject category.

We gotta get Jon Brown one of those jackets…

– Shawn