BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Stacy Peralta). 111 minutes. Opens Friday (November 30) at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. See listing. Rating: NNN
After exploring his own skateboarding legacy as part of the Zephyr team in Dogtown And Z-Boys, Stacy Peralta returns with the sequel, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography.
The comprehensive doc looks back with a misty eye at the 80s, when Peralta put together and coached the eponymous team of amateur teens. Among the Bones Brigade were young outcasts who would become rock stars on wheels like Steve Caballero, Rodney Mullen and Tony Hawk.
All of them (Peralta included) appear here, reminiscing about the competitions, how they developed their moves, their personal dilemmas at home and the pressures of being in the public eye. The film may be shameless self-promotion and navel-gazing (it's sponsored by Vans), but the interviews are so candid and introspective that it's worthwhile.
Anchored to the legacy of the Bones Brigade is the evolution of skateboarding culture as a whole. With ads as innovative as Hawk's manoeuvres and VHS movies that qualified as skater porn, Peralta's savvy marketing transformed an outcast hobby into a lucrative industry.
This doc is the next logical step in that evolution. It's a fascinating, self-aware product intent on promoting more Bones Brigade products. You could buy a ticket to the movie and then go get yourself a new skateboard or a pair of Vans.