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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Underexposed by Amelia Brodka: move you butts

Underexposed: a documentary film by Amelia Brodka, Co-produced by Brian Lynch. Music: "Clubbin" by Ella Riot. Skaters: (in order of appearance) Amelia Brodka, Nora Vasconcellos, Allysha Bergado, Leticia Bufoni, Julz Lynn, Alexis Sablone, Gaby Ponce, CB Burnside, Lyn-Z Adams-Hawkins, Lizzie Armanto, Eliana Sosco, Jen O'Brien.
Dave Duncan, Cindy Whitehead, Jim Gray, Amelia Brodka, Brian Lynch for the Q&A at Underexposed
Underexposed by Amelia Brodka: move you butts

If you ask what’s the biggest impediment behind girl’s skateboarding’s lack of coverage and recognition, the answer might just boil down to “Girls need to move their butts”.

There seems to be the real paradigm shift behind Amelia Brodka’s study and documentary “Underexposed.” Amelia Brodka started her documentary about 2 years ago as a senior thesis for her Annenberg diploma of journalism with the idea that girls got shorthanded after ESPN dropped the vert and bowl contest at the X-Games in 2011.
Amelia Brodka: she got A+ in dissertation... 

It’s certainly true that for the past 30 years, girls had no coverage, hence no official existence and recognition in skateboarding. Skateboarding is a sport for “white male with tattoos” where the main players have an abundance of testosterone and are misogynic by nature. "Girls can’t skate and they don’t have style" was the motto for the past 30 years and even when girls started to skate and to catch up with the boys, the incredulity was so prevalent that the general ideas behind the introduction of one girl into a guy’s team was probably because she “wanted to show her boobs to the team during the tour”…

Things started to change slowly.

From 1965 to 2000 the presence of girls into skateboarding was insignificant. Of course, we had Patti McGee, Cindy Whitehead, Judy Oyama, Laura Thornill, Peggy Oki, Ellen O'neal, Helen Berryman, Cara-Beth Burnside, but the general feeling was that those were skating by accident and did not form a general trend. Things started to change slowly at the turn of the century with more and more girls not only starting skateboarding but catching up with boys in style and technicity.

Now, the 15 best skater girls that gathered around the Combi Pool in November 2011 are better than 90% of the guys. An unbelievable shocker for some, an official recognition for others.
Girls skateboarding will be huge and guys need to be prepared to share skateboarding with them or girls might just form their own clan and bypass the industry as a whole…

Underexposed is a skateboard documentary by Amelia Brodka and Bryan Lynch with Don Brown, Michael Burnett, Cara-Beth Burnside, Cab, Mimi Knoop, Lance Mountain, Lyn-Z, Elissa Steamer, Ed Templeton, Lisa Whitaker, Lizzie Armanto, lacey baker, Allysha Bergado, Leticia Bufoni, Julie Kindstrand, Alexis Sablone, Vanessa Torres and Nora Vasconcelos. Underexposed is still under works but Amelia is just tuning up the stuff, so be prepared for the documentary release soon…
"Underexposed" is about the differences in the perception of men's and women's skateboarding, the challenges facing women in the skate industry and ultimately about getting proactive. (ESPN)

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Blogger Cindy Whitehead said...

A movie that EVERYONE should see. Loved it!

August 2, 2012 at 8:55 AM  

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