Wild Glide: Dogtown & Z Boys & New York Conversations
you think you need to see a movie about skateboarding as much
as a fish needs a bicycle, you're wrong. Stacy Peralta's 90-minute
documentary, Dogtown & Z-Boys, gives you a fascinating
whirl through the freewheeling story of skateboarding 70s kids
from the wrong side of the L.A. tracks. The movie is set in the
down-at-the-heels beach towns of Santa Monica, Venice Beach and
Ocean Park, known as "Dogtown,” itself the home of the Zephyr
Productions Surf Shop. This was the hangout for this group of
punk-rock latchkey kids who translated their love of surfboarding
The group known as "Z-Boys”, who included Peralta, revolutionized
the course of skateboarding with their contempt for convention
and acrobatic derring-do. Sean Penn, who is still remembered for
his role as the spaced out surfer Jeff Spicoly in Fast Times
at Ridgemont High, narrates the film. Peralta and co-writer
Craig Stecyk, get every inch of drama and excitement out of their
As kids, Z-Boys found they could fill in downtime for surfing
by transferring their devil-may-care surf skills to the "asphalt
waves” of playgrounds and empty swimming pools, which were everywhere
at their disposal during the mid-70s California drought.
After winning many skate meets, the Z-Boys became superstars,
who were courted by corporate sponsors, which eventually led to
the team's demise.
Kudos must go to editor Paul Crowder for splicing together the
wealth of magazine and newspaper articles, still photos, vintage
footage, and recent interviews with the now-middle-aged skateboarders.
Crowder's pick of music from the 70s for the thumping soundtrack
appropriately ignites the antics of yesterday's daredevils who
opened the door for today's extreme sports craze.
Now to NY. Look for 13 Conversations About One Thing, a
movie that interweaves five contemporary New York stories into
a single tale that explores the dramatic impact people have on
each other. Its star-studded cast include superb acting by Alan
Arkin as cynical claims adjuster and Cleo Duval as somewhat mystical
housekeeper.# (Dogtown, 90-minutes, PG strong language,
drug references. Conversations, 102 minutes, R. For venues:
Update, Inc., P.O. Box 20005, New York, NY 10001.
Tel: (212) 481-5519. Fax: (212) 481-3919.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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