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Dogtown and Z-Boys Details

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In the mid-'70s, skateboarding was widely seen as a fad of the 1960s that had all but died out, except for a handful of committed fans in California. But that began to change with the emergence of the Z-Boys -- a team of teenaged skateboarders from a decaying urban community in Santa Monica, CA. Hard-core surfers who sought to translate the hot-dogging stunts of world-class wave riders onto their skateboards began hanging out at the Zephyr Productions Surf Shop, a store that stocked top-grade equipment for local surfers and skaters, and with the help of the store's owner Jeff Ho, twelve of the skaters organized themselves into a team to compete at local skate events. Soon the radical moves and scruffy-streetwise style of the Zephyr Skate Team -- the Z-Boys for short -- upended public preconceptions of skateboarding as a sport and a lifestyle, and the wild style of Z-Boy skaters such as Tony Alva, Jim Muir, and Jay Adams made them celebrities who blazed the trail for the extreme sports movement. But while the Z-Boys' success brought them a measure of fame and fortune -- lucrative endorsement contracts, deals to manufacture their own custom skateboards, and even movie roles (Tony Alva starred opposite Leif Garrett in Skateboard, while Z-Boy Stacy Peralta was top-billed in Freewheelin') -- their fame proved to be fleeting, and several of the Z-Boys fell prey to drugs, crime, and ego. Dogtown and Z-Boys is a documentary by former Z-Boy Stacy Peralta that chronicles the glory days of the Z-Boys through footage of the skaters in their prime and interviews with the pioneers of the Southern California skate scene. Rock musicians and noted skate enthusiasts Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, and Jeff Ament also appear to discuss the importance of the Z-Boys' legacy; Sean Penn narrates. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 26, 2002

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Sundance Film Festival Stacy Peralta Documentary Directing Award 2000 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Stacy Peralta Best Documentary 2001 Winner

Crew

Stacy Peralta
Director
Agi Orsi
Producer
Stacy Peralta
Screenwriter
C.R. Stecyk
Screenwriter
Peter Pilafian
Cinematographer
Sohrab M. Modi
Cinematographer
Debra MacCulloch
Musical Direction/Supervision
Marc Reiter
Musical Direction/Supervision
Stacy Peralta
Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Crowder
Editor
Scott Juergens
Editor
C.R. Stecyk
Production Designer
Glen E. Friedman
Co-producer
Daniel Ostroff
Co-producer
Stephen Nemeth
Co-producer
Debra MacCulloch
Associate Producer
Christine Triano
Associate Producer
Jay Wilson
Executive Producer
Ray Flores
Consultant/advisor
Kathleen Wooley
Coordinator
Derrick Quarles
Recording
Paul Hackner
Recording
Joe Milner
Re-Recording Mixer
David McRell
Re-Recording Mixer
Eddie Kim
Supervising Sound Editor
Cyrus Faryar
Recording
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