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Tuesday, April 26, 2011


The International Skateboard Film Festival

Wood, Plank, Deathbowl to Downtown, Machotaildrop,  Symmetry,  The Dango is Dead,  Extremely Sorry, Skateistan, International Skateboard Film Festival, Academy of Skateboard Filmmakers, Arts & Science, Fabrice LeMao, the L.A. Skate Film festival, Los Angeles skate film festival, Craig R. Stecyk III, Stacy Peralta, Grant Brittain, Ty Evans, Geoff Rowley, Jamie Thomas, Ed Templeton, Ricki Bedenbaugh, Mike Manzoori, Greg Hunt, Bryce Kanights, French Fred Mortagne
Steve Olson in Machotraildrop, last year's best
independent film
One of my first skateboarding articles was published in 1978 in Wind magazine. In the same vintage magazine was another skateboarding article written by fellow skateboarder Fabrice LeMao. At that time, I was stocked by the knowledge and the quality of Fabrice’s writing. The memory is still so vivid that, to this day, 33 years after the facts, every time I see Fabrice, I still praise him for his early work even though for him, Wind magazine has a very distant history: since then, he has written hundreds of articles and even published several books related to board-sports so It really seems like an understatement to say that Fabrice must know something about surfing and skateboarding …

After 1978, and way up until the mid 90’s, we shared multiple times the pages of the same magazines: Surface, Now Way, Bicross, Wind… At that time, skateboarding had not yet achieved its mainstream status but was still an attitude, not a soon-to-be-Olympics sport and Fabrice and I shared the same passion: to skate and to write about skateboarding. “I am a writer first and foremost” he told me “As a writer and skateboarder, I was exposed to video in the early days…”

Wood, Plank, Deathbowl to Downtown, Machotaildrop,  Symmetry,  The Dango is Dead,  Extremely Sorry, Skateistan, International Skateboard Film Festival, Academy of Skateboard Filmmakers, Arts & Science, Fabrice LeMao, the L.A. Skate Film festival, Los Angeles skate film festival, Craig R. Stecyk III, Stacy Peralta, Grant Brittain, Ty Evans, Geoff Rowley, Jamie Thomas, Ed Templeton, Ricki Bedenbaugh, Mike Manzoori, Greg Hunt, Bryce Kanights, French Fred Mortagne
Last year’s Best Photography: Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul. Kenny Reed on an abandoned Russian tank.
Flash forward to November 2009 when I meet Fabrice at the Etnies game of S.K.A.T.E . at Lake Forrest. Fabrice stands chatting and joking beside Pierre Andre Senizergues, an old time friend of us, and has still the same attitude: go for it! It’s been at least 15 years since I last saw him and I’m still amazed that he is even writing about skateboarding after all these years. Moreover, he is now ready to drop the bomb and reveal that, like many of us, he is moving to Southern California, for good. But to me, the real surprise comes during the summer of 2010, while we are taking a lunch below the California sun in beautiful Newport Beach and he tells me with his legendary nonchalance that he is about to launch the L.A. Skate Film festival together with an Academy of Skateboard Filmmakers, Arts and Science.

The original idea behind the skate film festival was to “reconnect with the fundamental skate culture. Since the early eighties, with the first Bones Brigade videos, there has been this way to better connect with the culture of skateboarding. It was through videos,” says Fabrice LeMao “Since the early eighties, with the first Bones Brigade videos, there has been this way to better connect with the culture of skateboarding. It was through videos.”

Wood, Plank, Deathbowl to Downtown, Machotaildrop,  Symmetry,  The Dango is Dead,  Extremely Sorry, Skateistan, International Skateboard Film Festival, Academy of Skateboard Filmmakers, Arts & Science, Fabrice LeMao, the L.A. Skate Film festival, Los Angeles skate film festival, Craig R. Stecyk III, Stacy Peralta, Grant Brittain, Ty Evans, Geoff Rowley, Jamie Thomas, Ed Templeton, Ricki Bedenbaugh, Mike Manzoori, Greg Hunt, Bryce Kanights, French Fred Mortagne
Last year’s Best Skate Shop Video: The Dango is Dead – Directed and produced by Joe Perrin.
Executive Producer: John Montesi
Last year, the festival was kept core and underground on purpose, but this year, Fabrice has decided to go one step further the Madness and to launch the first annual International Skateboard Film Festival with the help of the members of the Academy of Skateboard Filmmakers, Arts & Science composed of Craig R. Stecyk III, Stacy Peralta, Grant Brittain, Ty Evans, Geoff Rowley, Jamie Thomas, Ed Templeton, Ricki Bedenbaugh, Mike Manzoori, Greg Hunt, Bryce Kanights and French Fred Mortagne. The International Skateboard Film Festival is broadening and will be open to all independent movies, brand movies, commercials, short films, web short films and other filmed creations from everywhere in the world echoing the forum they need and deserve.

The show will be held in two different locations in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The screenings are scheduled to be from September, 13th to 15th, 2011. The VIP award ceremony night will take place in the fabulous Music Box on September 16th. Filmmakers, celebrities, and industry professionals, will walk the red carpet and will be interviewed by the gathered media.
Film submissions are open May 1st to July 31st to all filmmakers around the globe.

The categories are:
• Brand Films
• Independent & Emerging Filmmakers
• Documentary Films
• Skate Shop Video
• Skate Commercial and Web Flicks
• Best Director
• Best Soundtrack

Additional awards are:
• Best Photography
• Best Editing
• Best Original Screenplay
• Best Classic

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