Tristan Patterson
United States, 74 min

Young Californian skate-boarders live a life of instant excitement, spiced up with alcohol and drugs. Like a tribe, they wander from place to place with just one purpose: to defy the law of gravity by keeping their balance on a skateboard however rough the surface. The filmmaker has recorded this milieu in absolute freedom, following the existential “career” of a living legend of the sport.

The swimming pools of Californian villas, abandoned following the recession in America, have become a playground for young skate-boarders. They live a life of instant excitement, spiced up with alcohol and drugs. Like a tribe, they wander from place to place with just one purpose: to defy the law of gravity by keeping their balance on a skateboard however rough the terrain. Which closely reflects the situation in which they find themselves, socially unattached and with no future prospects. The filmmaker has recorded this milieu in absolute freedom, following the existential “career” of a living legend of the sport. “I met Skreech at a rave party, on a disused aerodrome. He had a phosphorescent green crest and a T-shirt of the same colour celebrating The Screamers, a punk rock group which has never made a recording. He seemed malnourished and lost. He said he had taken a strong dose of LSD. It was impossible to speak with him: he was on cloud nine. Later, I saw him do some skate-boarding » (TP).

Luciano Barisone

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Duration
74 min
Year
2011
Country
United States
Sections
Etat d'Esprit
Regard Neuf
Language
English
Production
John Baker

Etat d'Esprit

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