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Thursday, September 8, 2011

On the Grind: Best Short Documentary Winner


Congrats to the cast and crew of ON THE GRIND, Winner of the Best Short Documentary Award at The 13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival! We screened with THE LAST SHOT, which won the award for Best Feature-length film. The films were exceptional and the feedback from the crowd was amazing. We had a great time in Boston and we can't wait to go back. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the project and congrats to Long Beach for another festival win!

View Photos : ON THE GRIND @ Roxbury International Film Festival

In 2006, Director James Cheeks III and Photographer Kevin Campbell set out to Long Beach to capture its thriving skateboard scene in the aftermath of a gang-shooting that ended the life of one of the city's most promising skaters. "On The Grind" follows a mother’s journey for justice and brings light to a group of skaters who are elevating themselves out of poverty with their passion of skateboarding. The skaters practice at a skate-park located in the middle of a war zone where drugs, violence and homelessness run rampant; and over the past three years, the filmmakers have discovered compelling stories of loss, loyalty and brotherhood that transcend Long Beach. This documentary will prove to be an artifact of the urban skate phenomenon, while providing hope for a community struggling to keep its youth from the undertow of gang-violence. Skateboarding isn't some suburban sport, it's a means of survival…

Outdoor Screenings in Venice!

Please join us for an ENCORE SCREENING of ON THE GRIND in Venice on Friday, September 9th, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM. Tonight's screening is presented by Unspoken Projects: As summer sets and the cold dawns, Backyard Events Summer Series is concluding Sept 9th! Its been an awesome first go around with our film screenings and we look forward to doing more in a different capacity in the future. Thank you all for coming out, its been a great community builder. This one will be the best yet! Look forward to seeing you all for the finale on Sept 9th! Taking place in the heart of Venice. We've flipped the Vera Davis Center into an outdoor cinema so bring your blankets and your lawn chairs. The screening is FREE, all are welcome!

More info on the Summer Series + Film Schedule: Unspoken Projects
Venue: Vera Davis Youth Center (610 California. Ave. Venice, CA) - RSVP

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Thursday, September 08, 2011 


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