2012 Sundance Docs in Focus: BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Next in Documentary Premieres: BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Stacy Peralta’s look back at his seminal 1980s skateboarding team.

Sundance Program Description:

Today skateboarding is omnipresent. Take a walk down any street in any town, and you are destined to see someone riding a skateboard. Well, it wasn’t always like that. In the early ’80s, skateboarding was fading away until Stacy Peralta brought a profoundly talented group of outsiders together and dubbed them the Bones Brigade. This documentary chronicles their epic rise, using awesome archival footage and moving first-person accounts from Brigade members Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, and Rodney Mullen, among others. Through passion, drive, creativity, and a surprising sense of teamwork, they revitalized the sport and influenced generations to come.

Peralta brings his fourth documentary to the Festival and continues to display an uncanny knack for fusing style and substance in his films. BONES BRIGADE works on a number of levels and will blow the minds of anyone who grew up emulating these guys, but it also resonates for anyone who ever found a family or a purpose in an unexpected place.

Some Background:
Peralta is no stranger to Park City – each of previous feature documentaries premiered at Sundance: the award-winning DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS (2001), Opening Night film RIDING GIANTS (2004), and CRIPS AND BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA (2008).

Why You Should Watch:
As noted above, even if the viewer knows nothing about skateboarding, Peralta has brought together a remarkable amount of energetic, little-seen archival footage in such a way that it’s bound to keep the audience riveted. Skateboarders or fans of the sport will be first in line to see the story of how legends like Peralta, Tony Hawk, and the rest came together.

More Info:
For screening dates and times at Sundance, click the link in the first paragraph.

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