Deathbowl to Downtown

May 14, 2008

One of my favorite films of all time is Stacey Peralta’s landmark documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, which chronicles the beginnings of skateboarding in 1970s Southern California. The film presents a candid look at each member of the Zephyr team, notably Jay Adams and Tony Alva, and their ability to adapt a surf style and aesthetic to the pavement. Original footage and photography provided by Craig Stecyk and Glen E. Friedman, combined with a killer classic rock soundtrack make the film infinitely re-watchable.

Needless to say, I was pumped to see that at last it appears the East Coast has an answer. Rick Charnoski and Buddy Nichols’ Deathbowl to Downtown details the evolution of skating, particularly street skating, in NYC. According to the films’ website, “Deathbowl to Downtown goes deeper than ‘just’ skating to combine documentary with an incisive and artful exploration of skateboarding and its culture.” Sounds sick. Chloe Sevigny narrates the film and artists such as the Beastie Boys and Bad Brains provide the soundtrack. Living in the city and skating a bit myself, albeit pretty poorly, I’m excited to see how the innovators tore up New York’s unique and frenetic landscape. Not sure when the film has its theater run, but I do know there was a preview last week at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. (Right by my crib and I missed it. Shit.)

Regardless, check out the trailer and other dope clips at deathbowltodowntown.com.

There was also a photography installation tied to the film at the Etnies showroom on Greene St. last weekend. It included a bunch of old school photos, decks and gear from back in the day. I’ve included a couple pics I snapped here.

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