FILM: Bones Brigade: An Autobiography
TALENTED TEAM OF TEENAGE OUTCASTS (BACK TO THE 80s)
Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero, Mike McGill
“They weren’t just guys who dominated competition, but they were also skateboarders who invented some of the most revolutionary maneuvers out of that entire decade.” _ Stacy Peralta (random quote from “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography”)
‘BONES’ DOCUMENTARY DIGS DEEPER
The highly-anticipated documentary, “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography,” ignited a wave of emotion and praise during its run at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Since then, ahead of the film’s general release in late summer, consensus on the road at select U.S. screenings has been pretty much the same _ powerful. “I was surprised at how emotional it was,” world skateboard champion Tony Hawk said in an interview, describing his reaction after the first screening. “After seeing it, I think we all feel a bit more vulnerable and exposed as to what the days of the Bones Brigade meant to us. I think Stacy is the only one who would have gotten it out of us. We just didn’t trust anyone with our story.”
Teammate Lance Mountain also appreciates what the documentary ultimately stands for overall, noting in an interview that “not one of the participants on their own can overshadow the others and take whole credit for this being a thing of value. That’s the story: teamwork and perseverance. It’s just inspiring to skaters and non-skaters alike.” He shares more in the following exclusive with Tania Fuentez Media.
NOTE: All photos courtesy of Powell Peralta
TFM: The new Bones Brigade documentary took the Sundance Film Festival by storm earlier this year. How has response been on the road?
LANCE: Lots of different takes on it. Lots of wives of mid-30-year-old men that haven’t skated for years maybe and stopped before they got married … The wives have overwhelmingly come up afterwards and said, “Thank you, thank you. I understand what’s wrong with my husband now.”
TFM: What was the most challenging aspect of getting this film done?
LANCE: Getting back to a place where we’re all together and Stacy to direct it.
TFM: Did you ever imagine skateboarding would go as far as it has today?
LANCE: It will always keep blowing minds.
TFM: With so many talented skaters representing every part of the world, why isn’t skateboarding recognized in the Olympics yet?
LANCE: It will be. But at its core, it is more like music or theater, the creative part of it, it’s what moves people, makes them fall in love with it. Competition, fame, money and what comes from it is secondary and sometimes can hamper the free creative individualistic aspect of it in some people’s minds.
TFM: Corporate sponsorship … necessary evil or blessing in disguise?
LANCE: Just what it is. Not a lot of skaters would be doing it without making a living. The kids who will or would do it no matter what will always be there.
TFM: How much has skate culture evolved since its early days?
LANCE: It became a culture.
TFM: What turns you off about the scene now?
LANCE: Nothing. You can do it whenever, however you want. Skating with fun people is the best. Skate with who you want.
TFM: Age takes a toll on all athletes and there comes a time when you have to ask yourself, ‘what’s next?
LANCE: Luckily were not real athletes.
TFM: Have you found anything that comes close to the thrill of skating?
Bones Brigade: An Autobiography: http://www.bonesbrigade.com
Powell Peralta: http://powell-peralta.com/
Sundance Film Festival video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqfI1f4ZQ_I&feature=related