‘Wheels Over Paradise’ World Premiere At Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Downhill Skateboarding has a new film dropping at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this week. Check out the trailer and photos and get to the SBIFF if you’re in the area. Details below.
Wheels Over Paradise is the story of an outlaw group of downhill skateboarders in Santa Barbara, California, an area which attracts speed-loving skaters from around the globe. Known for its dangerous winding roads and high-speed mountain descents, the roads above Santa Barbara have become the battleground between the skaters and county law-enforcement, who have used recent accidents to justify a ban on the sport. The film follows these daring athletes as they continue to push downhill to new levels while dodging the ban, and the risk of death, on a daily basis.
Paul Mathieu – Director/Producer/Editor
A graduate of Penn State’s School of Communications and the Santa Barbara College of Law, Paul has worked full-time in production since 2000. As a commercial producer and cinematographer, he has completed over a decade of national and regional television & web campaigns. Paul’s first, feature documentary, MatchMakers, premiered in 2008 and he has also screened six narrative films in U.S. festivals. Wheels Over Paradise is Paul’s second feature documentary followed by Man On Top and The California Drought currently in production.
Tom Flinchbaugh – Producer/Cinematographer
Tom is a Santa Barbara native, the owner and operator of Santa Gnarbara Skate Media and Events, as well as a professional cinematographer, photographer, event organizer and skater.
John Oliver – Associate Producer
John has worked in the skate industry for over 20 years producing classic titles for Powell-Peralta including the 2012 release, Bones Brigade.