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Deathbowl to Downtown

Deathbowl to DogtownDeathbowl to Downtown is a film by Coan “Buddy” Nichols and Rick Charnoski. It’s essentially a documentary film about four decades of skateboarding evolution in New York City. I’ve heard great things about this film by many but haven’t seen it myself yet, it’s definitely put on my list of films to watch though.

The East Coast New York City skateboarding scene has always appealed to me. I grew up watching many east coast influenced videos in the 90’s. The Zoo York Mixtapes made up a good chunk of the inspiration. Robbie Gangemi’s part and Harold Hunter’s epic footage is a classic example of the O.G. East coast skateboarding part. Most memorable for me, and a classic moment at that is when Harold is flowing in a line and throws down a switch 180 5-0 grind followed by a “I never got that trick in my life.” Wow, that line still sticks in my head to this day.

I’m almost positive Harold Hunter is in the Deathbowl to Downtown film. He played a huge part in the structure of the east coast scene as did many others that I’m sure come out in this film. It timelines through the history of the skateboarders paying there dues and living through the harsh urban landscape , and unintentionally helping shape the face of modern skateboarding.

This film is sure to leave an impact on us and will even educate us on many things we probably never knew about as the story’s told from the individuals that lived it. There are interviews from many prominent and influential skateboarders and the soundtrack list isn’t too shabby either. With tracks from Beastie Boys, Drunk Injuns, Minor Threat, Eric B.& Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan, and the Talking Heads, just to name a few.

Deathbowl to Downtown is embarking on a premier tour as we speak. Below is the list of tour stops and you know your gonna wanna see this flick, so get on it homies!!

9/8 – Los Angeles: Director’s Guild of America
923 – Chicago: The Vic Theater
9/24 – Minneapolis: Oak Street Theater
9/27 – Austin: Alamo Drafthouse
9/29 – San Francisco: The Castro
10/1 – Portland: Cinema 21

Posted by Ruben 'Studdard' Najera on Friday, August 29th, 2008 in Skateboarding.


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2 Responses to “Deathbowl to Downtown”

  • belac alien child Says:

    roger that!! ill be in p town for this one for sure. thanks for the heads up

  • me Says:

    i think the film is called “DEATHBOWL TO DOWNTOWN” NOT “DOGTOWN”!!!!!!!!!!!!

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