When six teenage boys came together as a skateboarding team in the 1980s, they reinvented not only their chosen sport but themselves too - as they evolved from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in the field.
All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of ... See full summary »
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, ... See full summary »
THE MAN WHO SOULED THE WORLD tells the story of Steve Rocco, the irreverent genius who transformed the skateboard industry from corporate to skater owned with a do-it-yourself punk attitude... See full summary »
Jason 'Wee Man' Acuña,
Cerina Leigh Baily
D.O.P.E. takes a long look at legendary skateboarders as they achieve world wide fame by winning world championships and then descent into the world of drug addiction and crime. This ... See full summary »
This story is based where the skateboard culture is the most foreign, the Midwest. Derrick Cabrera, like all skaters, has a dream of being sponsored and one day going pro. He is an up and ... See full summary »
STOKED tells the story of 80s skateboarding icon and convicted killer Mark "Gator" Rogowski. Spanning a decade from the early 80s to early 90s, STOKED is the fascinating character study of a young man's development, couched within the social and historical framework of skateboarding's biggest era. STOKED takes a trip to the 'in-your-face' era of 80s youth pop culture, exploring the mechanism of fame and its darker consequences in one man. A thoughtful and energetic look back at the apex of punk rock, neon jams, and the early days of MTV, the archival documentary follows skateboarding from its grass roots in Southern California backyards to an international phenomenon. Featuring skateboarding legends such as Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, and testimony from Mark "Gator" Rogowski from behind bars, STOKED dramatically reveals for the first time the factors leading to a hero's tragic fall from grace, and the unyielding spirit that allows skateboarding to ...Written by
A lurid tale from the inside of skate culture history
Mark `Gator' Ragowski (later `Mark Anthony' briefly) rode his skateboarding skills to the heights of fame and success in the mid-to-late eighties. He was one of the giants of the sport's development from vertical skating in trespassed abandoned swimming pools to pop phenomenon ramp touring. Unfortunately, he just as quickly hit the skids as the sport changed styles to street skating, leaving him and his over-commercialized and suddenly unpopular `vert' world behind. While skaters like Tony Hawk made the adjustment and thrived even to the present day, Ragowski took a hard dive instead into substance abuse, briefly emerging from an alcoholic haze as a `born-again' skater, only to take a harder descent into violent sexual crime, landing him in prison for a 31-year term. A fascinating doc, exploring a lurid tale from a rarely seen culture (last explored in 2003's "Dogtown and Z-Boys"), with clips of Ragowski in his "glory" MTV/ Swatch tour days, as well as intimate peeks into backstage shenanigans on tour, and his frustrations in trying to move to a street style.
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