Vans Propeller Skate Video World Premiere

Vans Propeller Skate Video Premiere Night at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2015. Music by Ray Barbee, Nolan Barbee, The Mattson 2, John Herndon and Tommy Guerrero. Filming and photos by Dan Levy. Filming by Vans DaveyJuice Magazine

Vans Propeller Trailer

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Words and Photos by Dan Levy

On April 21st, 2015, The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California, (established in 1926) became part of skateboarding history. Who would have ever thought that the likes of Tony Alva, Dustin Dollin, Christian Hosoi, John Cardiel, Jeff Grosso, Geoff Rowley, Steve Caballero, Tony Trujillo, Anthony Van Engelen, Gilbert Crockett, Chima Ferguson, Chris Pfanner, Daniel Lutheran, Elijah Berle, Kyle Walker, Rowan Zorilla, Omar Hassan, Jason Dill, Andrew Allen, Curren Caples, and Pedro Barros would share the same screen that film icons like Will Rogers and the Marx Brothers had done in the past?

Not without mention, Ray Barbee, his son Nolan, the Mattson 2 and John Herndon graced the same stage as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Lena Horne and more, who poured their musical genius on unsuspecting crowds and are now considered some of the most celebrated artists ever to live. The feeling of being at this premiere, along with the larger-than-life moments, had notes of being at a punk rock show as skateboard greatness filled  the screen and overwhelmed the rowdy crowd trick by trick and line by line.

The year was 1966 when the name Van Doren was introduced into the community of skateboarding by the simple act of putting shoes on the feet of Stacy Peralta and Tony Alva who were unknowingly forging the road for what, 49 years later, has become an industry giant. With Steve Van Doren at the helm, fueled by his unwavering passion for skateboarding culture, the idea of putting out a full-length skate video, in this day and age, resonated across every generation of skateboarding and the crowd on hand this night showed appreciation with earth-shaking applause upon Steve’s entrance to the stage. The feeling that the good times are back was a cultural nod to Vans’ 49 years of service to our community. It’s an attitude and ethos that the Van Doren family believe in their hearts and practice everyday in their efforts. Words like loyalty, quality, philanthropy, fun and passion all lend themselves to the spirit of this film and the proof was on the silver screen in the all-or-nothing effort every rider put into it.

Propeller gives hints and insight into the personalities of each Vans skate team rider without masking the insanely raw and gnarly terrain being annihilated throughout the entire film. While highlights would be very easy to list, words in this context wouldn’t do justice to seeing it with your very own eyes. The historical merit coupled with a timeless approach and the level of skating showcased in Propeller will certainly find a home on the top of many favorite skate videos of all time lists.

Vans knows how to throw events and, in their usual classy style, the after party was filled with libations, munchies and entertainment by Ray Barbee, the Mattson 2, John Herndon and Tommy Guerrero jamming it out. The party consumed the back parking lot of the Orpheum Theatre, a place where urban legend and past mythical celebrations have been experienced and now skateboarding has added its own chapter to the folklore. Thank you, Vans!

Photos by Dan Levy

Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Dan Levy

Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, Jeff Ho. Photo by Dan Levy Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, Jeff Ho. Photo by Dan Levy

Rhino, Greg Hunt and Mickey Reyes. Photo by Dan Levy Rhino, Greg Hunt and Mickey Reyes. Photo by Dan Levy

Chris Pfanner, Dustin Dollin, Anthony Van Engelen. Photo by Dan Levy Chris Pfanner, Dustin Dollin, Anthony Van Engelen. Photo by Dan Levy

The line to get in was over four blocks long. Photo by Dan Levy The line to get in was over four blocks long. Photo by Dan Levy

Jeff Grosso and Tommy Guerrero. Photo by Dan Levy Jeff Grosso and Tommy Guerrero. Photo by Dan Levy

Another jawdropping moment with Tony Alva and Buddy Coan. Photo by Dan Levy Another jawdropping moment with Tony Alva and Buddy Coan. Photo by Dan Levy

Chris Nieratko and Kat Von D contemplate world domination. Photo by Dan Levy Chris Nieratko and Kat Von D contemplate world domination. Photo by Dan Levy

Ryan Decenzo, Steve Van Doren and Dave Duncan. Photo by Dan Levy Ryan Decenzo, Steve Van Doren and Dave Duncan. Photo by Dan Levy

Daniel Lutheran!!! Photo by Dan Levy Daniel Lutheran!!! Photo by Dan Levy

Blake Johnson and Julien Martinez. Photo by Dan Levy Blake Johnson and Julien Martinez. Photo by Dan Levy

Jeff Ho and Jason Dill. Photo by Dan Levy Jeff Ho and Jason Dill. Photo by Dan Levy

Braydon Szafranski, Nuge and Atiba Jefferson. Photo by Dan Levy Braydon Szafranski, Nuge and Atiba Jefferson. Photo by Dan Levy

Jeff Ho and Jason Dill discover they have the same cell phone. Photo by Dan Levy Jeff Ho and Jason Dill discover they have the same cell phone. Photo by Dan Levy

Braydon Szafranski at all the best parties. Photo by Dan Levy Braydon Szafranski at all the best parties. Photo by Dan Levy

Dave Duncan, Chris Nieratko, Jeff Ho, Ryan Decenzo. Photo by Dan Levy Dave Duncan, Chris Nieratko, Jeff Ho, Ryan Decenzo. Photo by Dan Levy

The phenomenal Kat Von D. Photo by Dan Levy The phenomenal Kat Von D. Photo by Dan Levy

Mark Oblow and Omar Salazar. Photo by Dan Levy Mark Oblow and Omar Salazar. Photo by Dan Levy

Charlie Blair and crew. Photo by Dan Levy Charlie Blair and crew. Photo by Dan Levy

Dave Carnie and Tobin Yelland. Photo by Dan Levy Dave Carnie and Tobin Yelland. Photo by Dan Levy

Packed house. Photo by Dan Levy Packed house. Photo by Dan Levy

Shawn Hale and Justin Strubing. Photo by Dan Levy Shawn Hale and Justin Strubing. Photo by Dan Levy

Orpheum Theatre Lobby pre-show. Photo by Dan Levy Orpheum Theatre Lobby pre-show. Photo by Dan Levy

Danny Montoya and Kenny Anderson. Photo by Dan Levy Danny Montoya and Kenny Anderson. Photo by Dan Levy

Dustin Dollin, Greg Hunt and Skin Phillilps. Photo by Dan Levy Dustin Dollin, Greg Hunt and Skin Phillilps. Photo by Dan Levy

Jacob Rosenberg, Paul Schmitt, Jason Dill. Photo by Dan Levy Jacob Rosenberg, Paul Schmitt, Jason Dill. Photo by Dan Levy

Geoff Rowley and family with a Daniel Lutheran photo bomb. Photo by Dan Levy Geoff Rowley and family with a Daniel Lutheran photo bomb. Photo by Dan Levy

Braydon Szafranski and Dustin Dollin. Photo by Dan Levy Braydon Szafranski and Dustin Dollin. Photo by Dan Levy

The Caballero's and the Hosoi's. Photo by Dan Levy The Caballero’s and the Hosoi’s. Photo by Dan Levy

Tommy Guerrero, Nolan Barbee, Giovanni Reda. Photo by Dan Levy Tommy Guerrero, Nolan Barbee, Lil Barbee, Giovanni Reda. Photo by Dan Levy

Chris Ortiz and Steve Douglas. Photo by Dan Levy Chris Ortiz and Steve Douglas. Photo by Dan Levy

Curren Caples. Photo by Dan Levy Curren Caples. Photo by Dan Levy

Steve Van Doren. Photo by Dan Levy Steve Van Doren. Photo by Dan Levy

Vans Skate Team. Photo by Dan Levy Vans Skate Team. Photo by Dan Levy

Vans Skate Team. Photo by Dan Levy Vans Skate Team. Photo by Dan Levy

Dave Duncan, Kristen Rew, Skatemaster Tate, Crazy Tom. Photo by Dan Levy Dave Duncan, Kristen Rew, Skatemaster Tate, Crazy Tom. Photo by Dan Levy

Vans Skate Team. Photo by Dan Levy Vans Skate Team. Photo by Dan Levy

Vans Skate Team. Photo by Dan Levy Vans Skate Team. Photo by Dan Levy

Guy Mariano and Dustin Dollin. Photo by Dan Levy Guy Mariano and Dustin Dollin. Photo by Dan Levy

Vans Skate Team. Photo by Dan Levy Vans Skate Team. Photo by Dan Levy

Blake Johnson, Brett Sube, Julian Martinez. Photo by Dan Levy Blake Johnson, Brett Sube, Julian Martinez. Photo by Dan Levy

Vans Skate Team. Photo by Dan Levy Vans Skate Team. Photo by Dan Levy

Daniel Lutheran and Curren Caples. Photo by Dan Levy Daniel Lutheran and Curren Caples. Photo by Dan Levy

Roger Bagley and Louie Barletta. Photo by Dan Levy Roger Bagley and Louie Barletta. Photo by Dan Levy

Vans First Full Length Skate Video: Propeller. Photo by Dan Levy Vans First Full Length Skate Video: Propeller. Photo by Dan Levy

After Party. Photo by Dan Levy After Party. Photo by Dan Levy

Jonas Wray, Jason Landau, Danny Highfill, Deville Nunes. Photo by Dan Levy Jonas Wray, Jason Landau, Danny Highfill, Deville Nunes. Photo by Dan Levy

Aaron Meza, Reda, Jay. Photo by Dan Levy Jay, Reda, Aaron Meza. Photo by Dan Levy

Mike McGill and Josh Borden. Photo by Dan Levy Mike McGill and Josh Borden. Photo by Dan Levy

Chris Nieratko and Dustin Dollin. Photo by Dan Levy Chris Nieratko and Dustin Dollin. Photo by Dan Levy

Kenny Anderson, Danny Montoya, Chris Casey. Photo by Dan Levy Kenny Anderson, Danny Montoya, Chris Casey. Photo by Dan Levy

Charlie Blair. Photo by Dan Levy Charlie Blair. Photo by Dan Levy

Jason Landau. Photo by Dan Levy Jason Landau. Photo by Dan Levy

Charlie Blair and Dan Levy. Photo by Dan Levy Charlie Blair and Dan Levy. Photo by Dan Levy

Geoff Rowley and Charlie Blair. Photo by Dan Levy Geoff Rowley and Charlie Blair. Photo by Dan Levy

Geoff Rowley and son. Photo by Dan Levy Geoff Rowley and son. Photo by Dan Levy

Ed and Deana Templeton. Photo by Dan Levy Ed and Deana Templeton. Photo by Dan Levy

Robin Fleming and Steve Van Doren. Photo by Dan Levy Robin Fleming and Steve Van Doren. Photo by Dan Levy

Kate Craig and Desiree Moore. Photo by Dan Levy Kate Craig and Desiree Moore. Photo by Dan Levy

Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee. Photo by Dan Levy Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee. Photo by Dan Levy

Julian Martinez, Nuge, Christian Hosoi. Photo by Dan Levy Julian Martinez, Nuge, Christian Hosoi. Photo by Dan Levy

Kathy Miranda. Photo by Dan Levy Kathy Miranda. Photo by Dan Levy

Austin Resor, Dave Duncan, Kristen Rue, Vans Davey, Daniel Cuervo. Photo by Dan Levy Austin Resor, Dave Duncan, Kristen Rue, Vans Davey, Daniel Cuervo. Photo by Dan Levy

Kristy Van Doren and Steve Van Doren. Photo by Dan Levy Kristy Van Doren and Steve Van Doren. Photo by Dan Levy

Alex Moul and Keith Wilson. Photo by Dan Levy Alex Moul and Keith Wilson. Photo by Dan Levy

Zach Sheats and Vern Laird. Photo by Dan Levy Zach Sheats and Vern Laird. Photo by Dan Levy

Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee. Photo by Dan Levy Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee. Photo by Dan Levy

Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee and the Mattson 2. Photo by Dan Levy Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee and the Mattson 2. Photo by Dan Levy

Ray Barbee jammin'. Photo by Dan Levy Ray Barbee jammin’. Photo by Dan Levy

Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee. Photo by Dan Levy Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee. Photo by Dan Levy

Rick Fabro and Ronnie Sandoval. Photo by Dan Levy Rick Fabro and Ronnie Sandoval. Photo by Dan Levy

Ray Barbee and Tommy Guerrero. Photo by Dan Levy Ray Barbee and Tommy Guerrero. Photo by Dan Levy

Anthony Acosta. Photo by Dan Levy Anthony Acosta. Photo by Dan Levy

Tommy Guerrero and Tony Alva. Photo by Dan Levy Tommy Guerrero and Tony Alva. Photo by Dan Levy

Tony Alva and Ray Barbee. Photo by Dan Levy Tony Alva and Ray Barbee. Photo by Dan Levy

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Vans Davey loves Vans. Photo by Dan Levy Vans Davey loves Vans. Photo by Dan Levy

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PRESS RELEASE:

WORLD PREMIERE, LOS ANGELES,

A VANS SKATEBOARDING VIDEO

FEATURING THE VANS PRO SKATE TEAM

DIRECTED BY GREG HUNT

VANS PROPELLER MAKES SKATEBOARDING HISTORY

LEGENDS, PROS AND FANS CELEBRATE AT THE LOS ANGELES WORLD PREMIERE

FIND A LOCAL SCREENING NEAR YOU

VANSPROPELLER.COM

Vans’ first-ever, feature length global skateboarding video, PROPELLER, saw its highly anticipated world premiere in Los Angeles last night, debuting to hundreds of passionate skateboarding fans in celebration of true skateboarding history. Making a grand entrance in the famous Vans Sk8-Hi car, Godfather of Vans Steve Van Doren proudly took the mic as he introduced the film alongside the illustrious Vans Pro Skate team, a momentous gathering of over four generations of skateboarding on a single stage. Resounding applause filled the theater throughout the showing, fueling the evening with sincere emotion and pride held by loyal fans, industry friends and families, legends, pros and the devoted Vans team. The festivities topped off with a lively after party featuring performances by Ray Barbee and Tommy Guerrero, culinary taste by Pizzanista!, tons of Vans giveaways, and the stars of the film mingling amongst the crowds. Vans embraces this milestone 49 years in the making, and last night’s epic celebration was the first of many to come.

The tour continues! PROPELLER makes its international film debut with stops in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and Mexico. Local PROPELLER screenings are being hosted in select cities around the world. To find a local screening near you, visit VANSPROPELLER.COM to learn more about world premiere tour dates, theater locations, and ticket information.

Vans is proud to announce the official worldwide release date of PROPELLER: A Vans Skateboarding Video available on iTunes beginning May 5, 2015.

View more party photos on the Vans Skate Tumblr!

Directed by acclaimed skateboard filmmaker Greg Hunt and featuring full parts from some of the biggest names in modern skateboarding alongside appearances from legends and true pioneers, PROPELLER presents a sweeping snapshot of modern skateboarding that only Vans can deliver.

VANS PROPELLER WORLD PREMIERE TOUR DATES

APRIL 21

WORLD PREMIERE

THE ORPHEUM THEATRE

LOS ANGELES

April 24

MELBOURNE

April 26

SHANGHAI

April 28

BERLIN

April 29

PARIS

April 30

LONDON

MAY 1

NEW YORK CITY

MAY 2

TORONTO

MAY 3

MEXICO CITY

Every significant skateboarding video energizes the community by building on the legacy of its predecessors to drive progression – propelling skateboarding forward.

The first name in skateboarding footwear and apparel introduces its highly anticipated first-ever feature-length global skateboarding video, PROPELLER. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Greg Hunt and featuring full parts from some of the biggest names in modern skateboarding alongside appearances from legends and true pioneers, PROPELLER presents a sweeping snapshot of modern skateboarding that only Vans can deliver.

PROPELLER: A Vans Skateboarding Video will be available for download on iTunes worldwide (except mainland China) beginning May 5, 2015.

 

Learn more.

VANSPROPELLER.COM

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