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Dogtown and Z-Boys
Dogtown and Z-Boys follows the evolution of skateboarding from the 60's and into the late 70's as skateboarding's california beach boy image is transformed into a low-riding surf oriented style.
One of the greatest and most influential skaters passed away today. Jay Adams was taken by a heart attack at the age of 53. Jay was part of the original Zepher skate team and a hell of a surfer to boot.
If you haven't seen Dogtown and Z-Boys, do yourself a favor. It is a fantastic documentary about the birth of modern skating and you will get to see first hand the talent lost today that was Jay Adams.
RIP Jay. Z-Boy forever.
Catherine Hardwicke's film The Lords Of Dogtown was a real eye-opener for me when I saw it about 18 months ago. Recommended by Del and several other LB members, this was right up my street and for a guy who has never been on a surf board or skateboard I found the film ultimately fascinating. The characters of the scene, the sparks that ignited the flame back in the seventies, she took a bunch of cool actors and told the story around them. This documentary made by one of the stars of the day, Stacy Peralta, puts a little more meat on the bones of that story.
Both skateboarding and surfing seem to have an affinity with California. Whether it…
This is probably my favourite documentary.
Having misspent a large portion of my youth skateboarding, I guess I have more of a soft-spot for this film than most. Being able to watch the people responsible for inventing modern skateboarding both as kids and adults is a real gift.
Craig Stecyk's archive video and photos really make this documentary. His entire take on the world and skateboarder culture makes for a beautiful and meloncholic look back at the birth of vertical skateboarding. His artistic and editorial vision is very apparent throughout this great film. It's only improved by the excellent directing and skate-film making experience of Stacy Peralta (who is one of the original Z-Boys — thus bringing another personal perspective into the film.)
This is a film I can litterally watch over and over and not tire of it. A superb film which tells a story that can entertain both skaters and non-skaters alike.
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Recommended by James
Even though I only have a passing interest in skateboarding (I tried it a couple of times with my friends who skateboard and I'm pretty bad at it) I found Dogtown and Z-Boys to be an very entertaining documentary. The film chronicles the birth of modern skateboarding in mid 70s California. There is a lot of great skateboarding footage in this film and the talking heads, all of which are either skateboarders, skateboard designers, or journalists, are pretty entertaining. Director Stacey Peralta, who's also one of the skateboarding pioneers the film focuses on, has a very raw and unrefined directing style which fit perfectly with the films rebellious tone. My favorite part of the film is the soundtrack which is absolutely amazing. Overall Dogtown and Z-Boys is a great documentary that is a must see for anyone interested in skateboarding or documentaries.
Ride away on my zephyr
I’m not familiar with the rise of skateboarding nor have I ever used one, but I found this documentary to be insightful and fascinating throughout. It works as a biographical observation on the lives of the Zephyr skateboard team – more commonly known as the “Z-Boys – but the film’s importance lies in the way it captivates skateboarding as more of escapism rather than an activity or a “sport”. All people have their hopes and dreams and skateboarding is the dream here. It reminisces on the fragmented world of the team as they grow up and discover surfing before becoming affiliated with skating, which is described by one of them as “an art form”.
Direct and accurate in its pursuit…
If you were ever interested in finding out about the origins of skateboarding, where it came from and how it evolved, this is the documentary to watch. Dogtown and Z-Boys refers to Venice Beach, Dogtown, California, and the Zephyr Boys, a team of 12 of the most talented surfers (soon to become skateboarders) in the area. But the documentary also tells you about all the firsts of the skateboarding world. The first half pipes, pools, ollies etc. The viewer gets to see the evolution of skateboarding as a sport and arguably an art form, and we get to see a great tale of a team of misfits that pushed the boundaries... And made the boundaries of skateboarding. The interesting thing…
Makes me wish I grew up skateboarding and surfing. 70's skater aesthetic galore. So much great fashion.
Documentary of the events of the more recent dramatisation Lords of Dogtown. Both by the same film maker. I think I enjoyed them both more because of the nostalgia than the quality/content per se.
Gritty, fresh, a slice of history, an analysis of cultural development, and a excited look at a subculture that is perhaps more influential than many are ready to admit.
It's an interesting story that for the most part isn't focused enough on a narrative to be interesting. There's some great footage, but it's rarely put into a clear enough context to be as exciting as it potentially could be. I actually wish director Stacy Peralta, one of the featured skaters in the film, had made this more personal instead of pretending like it was all put together by some objective documentarian.
Ride away on my zephyr
I am not a skater, and I didn't have a lot of skateboard friends growing up, but this documentary is really good, exploring the origins of the skateboard, and the explosion in the 70's. There's a lot of romanticism of skateboarding and surfing culture, and really the documentary is about trying to enjoy your youth as much as you can. In a way, it's a coming of age story for both the members of the team and the sport itself. There's a lot of fond reflection of the past in these, now, middle aged eyes, but that kind of reflection is mostly universal and something that an audience can relate to. Probably one of the best things I've watched this year.
Disorienting, uninformative, and kind of dull. The music kept me watching longer than I ought have.
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