In 2001, a documentary emerged with a name that meant almost nothing to almost everyone, Dogtown and Z-Boys. Common reactions for this film might have been "Dog-what and who-boys?!" - you get the idea. This film, although foreign in name, chronicles the history + revolution of skateboarding. The turning point in which skateboarding went from an agility driven, skill focused sport to a stylized, alternative lifestyle and art form - everything it still embodies today. Stay up late Saturday night, plop down on your coach and catch this week's movie pick, Dogtown and Z-Boys at 2:00 AM on ESPN Classic.
Sunday, May 27th at 2:00 AM
Dogtown and Z-Boys was put together by skate prodigy and Z-Boy Stacy Peralta and Vans. Narrated by Sean Penn and featuring original video from the alternification of skateboarding, it's a truly amazing documentary. The story of individuals who were just too great at skateboarding - no one could stop them for transforming the sport (in a beautiful way) - regardless of their behavior. The film portrays the colorful lives of the Zephyr skate crew on the streets of Venice Beach while they transitioned surf style to the pavement, all via skateboarding. Z-Boys added personal expression in a major way to skateboarding. Smooth and skillful moves opened everyones eyes to the possibilities of 4 wheels, a bit of metal, and a piece of wood. Not to mention what they did for Vans shoes, as popular today as ever.
I recall finding my way to a local "independent" theater in New Jersey to see Dogtown and Z-Boys. Probably one of the first documentaries I searched out or more realistically, ever saw. The movie inspired me, not only because I love(d) skateboarding, but because of what people with clear vision, heart, and raw talent can do. Although Dogtown and Z-Boys took place 30 years ago amongst an underdeveloped sport, opportunities like this exist for everyone, everyday - and that's exciting.
If you love movies, documentaries, skateboarding, or just a great story - you'll enjoy Dogtown and Z-Boys, especially when you cozy up on your couch late Saturday night (technically Sunday morning) at 2:00 AM and give it a watch on ESPN Classic. And if you just can't get enough, you can always watch Lords of Dogtown, the feature film about this movement released in 2005.
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Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)
Directed by: Stacy Peralta
Written by: Stacy Peralta, Craig Stecyk
Featuring: Sean Penn, Jay Adams and Tony Alva
Plot: Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.