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Photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark offers another look at the inner workings of urban youth culture in this comedy drama. Jonathan (Jonathan Velasquez) is a teenaged El Salvadorian refugee living in a primarily Mexican-American and African-American neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. Jonathan and a handful of fellow Salvadorian émigrés who are his best friends stand out like sore thumbs on the block, due less to their national origin than because they've rejected the hip-hop music and fashion around them in favor of old-school punk, as favored by the Ramones and latter-day Latino bands such as Suicidal Tendencies. Jonathan and his pals Kiko (Francisco Pedrasa), Eddie (Eddie Velasquez), Porky (Usvaldo Panameno), and Spermball (Milton Velasquez) have a group of their own, and Jonathan, a sweet but streetwise kid who has a way with the girls, is the lead singer. Like all good punk rockers, Jonathan and his bandmates are seriously into skateboarding, and one day they hop several busses and make a pilgrimage to a legendary skate spot in Beverly Hills. If the kids felt like outsiders in South Central, they soon discover they're unwelcome outcasts in the moneyed L.A. suburbs; before long they're on the run from cops as well as Anglo skaters, and even Jonathan's chance assignation with a neighborhood sexpot leads to no small share of drama. Wassup Rockers received its world premiere at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 23, 2006

Crew

Larry Clark
Director
Larry Clark
Producer
Kevin Turen
Producer
Larry Clark
Screenwriter
Larry Clark
Screen Story
Matthew Frost
Screen Story
Steve Gainer
Cinematographer
Alex Blatt
Editor
John DeMeo
Production Designer
Richard Shore
Co-producer
Arianne Fraser
Associate Producer
Matthew Frost
Associate Producer
Sharon Stone
Executive Producer
David Koh
Executive Producer
Patrick Meehan
Executive Producer
Steven Lehrhoff
Executive Producer
Peggy Paola
Set Decorator
Maryam Malakpour
Costume Designer
Steven M. Weiss
Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Wolfe
Sound/Sound Designer
Rudy Van Zyl
First Assistant Director
Julia Kim
Casting
Josh Hakian
Special Effects Coordinator
Eleanor Sabaduquia
Makeup
Bruce Stubblefield
Supervising Sound Editor
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