LEVIS FILM WORKSHOP

Full House. Photo: Dan Levy

APRIL 27, 2011

VISTA THEATRE, 4472 SUNSET BLVD, LOS ANGELES, CA

The Levi’s® Film Workshop, a community space offering filmmaking resources, special events and educational workshops, is now open to the public until August 8th at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) in conjunction with Art in the Streets, the first comprehensive U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art.  The Levi’s® Film Workshop and MOCA celebrated skateboarding through the lens of film with a retrospective screening of skate videos shot over the last three decades and an interactive discussion with notable filmmaking and skate pioneers, including: Spike Jonze, Stacy Peralta, Lance Mountain, Ed Templeton, Greg Hunt, Ty Evans, Rick Howard, Aaron Meza, Tobin Yelland and Patrick O’Dell.

http://workshops.levi.com

Patrick O’Dell presented his video selections in chronological order by decade, beginning with the 1980s flicks that first influenced him. In between each segment of videos, the panelists gave insight into their histories and beginnings as filmmakers, the nascent days of skate videos and reminisced about the early films they shot. The conversation gave attendees an intimate look at each filmmaker’s past: Stacy Peralta gave a behind-the-scenes look on his start in the filmmaking industry and his early videos with fellow panelist Lance Mountain, laughing about the limited budgetary means he had early on and the creative methods he experimented with to get his perfect camera shot. Celebrated filmmaker Spike Jonze discussed his 1991 flick “Video Days,” noting that he never thought the film would be considered a classic but that he always knew there was something special about it. Greg Hunt commented on his early videos shot in Super8, noting that they were purely about fun – and that his love for skateboarding is still what inspires him to make videos today.

Audience members got to participate in a Q&A with the panelists. After the event wrapped, attendees were treated to a commemorative poster created especially for the event. (Many took the opportunity to have theirs signed by the panelists!)

FILM PROGRAM:

1980’s

  • Bones Brigade Video Show (1984) – Noteworthy: Stacy Peralta, first skate video
  • Future Primitive (1985)
  • The Search for Animal Chin (1987) – Noteworthy: Bones Brigade skaters, first skate video with a plot
  • Sick Boyz (1988)
  • Streets on Fire (1989)
  • Psycho Skate (1987) – Noteworthy : featuring Mark ‘Gonzo’ Gonzales
  • Mondo Vision (1988)
  • Public Domain (1988)
  • Ban This (1989)
  • Shackle Me Not (1988)
  • Hokus Pokus (1989)

1990’s

  • Video Days (1991) – Noteworthy: featuring Mark Gonzales, Jason Lee
  • Memory Screen (1991)
  • Useless Wooden Toys (1990)
  • A Soldier’s Story (1991)
  • Love Child (1992)
  • Questionable (1992)
  • Virtual Reality (1993)
  • Tim & Henry’s Pack of Lies (1992)
  • Gold Fish (1993)
  • New World Order (1993)
  • High Five (1995)
  • A Visual Sound (1994)

1995-2000s

  • Mouse (1996) – Noteworthy: featuring Spike Jonze, Rick Howard – Girl Skateboards
  • Welcome To Hell (1996)
  • Eastern Exposure (1996)
  • Penal Code (1996)
  • Fucktards (1997)
  • The Chocolate Tour (1999)
  • Photosynthesis (2000)
  • Baker 2G (2000)
  • Sight Unseen (2003)
  • Yeah Right! (2003)
  • The DC Video (2003)
  • Gnar Gnar (2007)
  • Naughty (2008)
  • Fully Flared (2007)
  • Mind Field (2009)
  • Stay Gold (2010)

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