Virgin Blacktop World Premiere in Morro Bay, California Saturday March 17

“Virgin Blacktop: a New York skate odyssey” is an uplifting and sometimes heart-breaking coming-of-age story about a super funky crew of suburban New York City kids. When they met in 1977, they had nothing in common except a passion for skateboarding. Despite their vastly different ages, races and economic backgrounds and with their parents hands-off approach, they formed a competitive, traveling team of spirited outsiders called the “Wizards”. Now, nearly 40 years later, they remain friends, but their lives have followed very different paths, from board rooms to jail cells. Director Charlie Samuels, a filmmaker & photojournalist, has spent 24 years tracking down 1970’s 8mm film footage and documenting all nine lives.

Virgin Blacktop trailer from CharlieSamuels on Vimeo.

“VIRGIN BLACKTOP: a New York skate odyssey” is an official selection at the prestigious San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and will be screening as a feature presentation in collaboration with The Morro Bay Skateboard Museum. VIRGIN BLACKTOP will have its World Premiere Saturday, March 17 @ 1:00pm at the 400-seat Bay Theatre 464 Morro Bay Blvd, Morro Bay, CA 93442 — tickets are available now at San Luis Obispo International Film Festival site. Filmmaker, Charlie Samuels, will be there with some of the Wizards.

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