Supermodels, cicadas, synchronized swimmers and one psychotic teenager with a penchant for all things bloody are subjects getting lots of buzz this week at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. But here at TauBu, we’re most psyched about two-count ‘em-TWO new Stacy Peralta films.
Both Peralta’s No Room for Rockstars and Bones Brigade: An Autobiography documentaries premiered in Utah this week – a pretty amazing feat considering the festival gets some 10,000 entries per year. Two years in the making, No Room for Rockstars follows the 2010 Warped Tour and proves a compelling look into the realm of modern era rock and roll. Kids traveling cross country in a beat up van playing parking lots and praying for a little notice, the veteran stage manager who credits the Tour for saving his life, the musician who crosses that line from obscurity into mainstream success while on the road – you’ll get to know them all.
Bus as extreme sports enthusiasts, we’re seriously stoked about Bones Brigade, the story of the legendary group of ’80s street skaters who became the most competitively dominant skateboard team in history. Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero and Mike McGill pioneered modern technical skating and revolutionized the way the sport was marketed. The website’s opening paragraph says it all:
“It’s not a death metal band, an extreme diet club or historic dominoes association—the Bones Brigade was a talented gang of teenage outcasts. Unmotivated by fame or popularity, they completely dedicated their lives to a disrespected art form. For most of the 1980s, this misfit crew headed by a 1970s ex-skateboard champion blasted the industry with a mixture of art and raw talent becoming the most popular skateboarding team in history. The core unit of the Bones Brigade built an empire that covered the world. They dominated contests, made hundreds of thousands of dollars, created the modern skateboard video, reinvented endemic advertising, pushed skate progression into a new era, and set the stage for a totally new form of skating called street style. There’s nothing comparable in today’s skateboarding.”
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