Made In Venice: Skateboarding Documentary Rolls Out Across America

Made In Venice is making its way around the world and you want to be sure to et a chance to see it!


“If the 2001 documentary DogTown and Z-Boys engagingly gave Southern California’s skateboard culture its influential due, then Made In Venice comes across as its scrappy, but no less lovable, kid brother.” – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA (December 5, 2016) – Made In Venice, a documentary, directed and produced by Jonathan Penson, featuring the inside story of the skateboarders of Venice, California, and their struggle to make the dream of a skatepark come true, is now being released in theaters by award-winning indie distributor, Abramorama.

Made In Venice captures the firsthand stories and recollections of 40-plus years of skateboarding in Venice that started with the Z-Boys, and continued with its legendary street skaters and the creation of the iconic Venice Skatepark. Never-before-seen Super-8 and early video footage, along with rare black and white stills, take you back to innovative demos on the Boardwalk and skating the walls of the Pavilion, as the Venice skaters pushed the boundaries of street skating and put it on the global map.

Made In Venice is a tale of audacity, guts and hope filled with counterculture characters that overcame all obstacles to claim victory. The feature-length film tells the story of a relentless crew of skateboarders, surfers and civic activists intent on convincing the City of Los Angeles to build a skatepark in the area that gave birth to modern skateboarding.

Made In Venice features appearances by skateboarding legends, pros, skatepark activists and icons:  Jesse Martinez, Ger-I Lewis, Christian Hosoi, C.R. Stecyk III, Skip Engblom, Jay Adams, Jeff Ho, Aaron Murray, Scott Oster, Cesario “Block” Montano, Tim Jackson, Ray Flores, Eddie Reategui, Eric Britton, Dave Duncan, David Hackett, Joey Tran, Pat Ngoho, Bart Saric, Dan Levy, Jamie Quaintance and more.

The focus of Made in Venice revolves around street skating pioneer, Jesse Martinez,whose commitment to skateboarding is paramount. Christian Hosoi, one of the greatest skateboarders in the world, explains, “Venice is a place where respect is earned! Jesse Martinez epitomizes that statement. Made in Venice documents the lives of those who fight for their community to make a way for future generations of skateboarders. Fight for your dreams and they will become a reality!”

DogTown and Z-Boys author, C.R. Stecyk III stated, “Made In Venice is a step by step manifesto for skate/civic activism. It is a remarkable documentation of hard working visionary individuals transforming society.”


SPECIAL SCREENING of skateboarding documentary MADE IN VENICE on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 8:30PM at the Art Theatre, 2025 East 4th Street, Long Beach, California. Seventh Wave Surf Shop will host this unique event, which coincides with Retro Row, a festive holiday celebration. Juice Magazine, will present an extraordinary Q&A session and autograph signing featuring pro skater, Vans team rider and skatepark activist, Geoff Rowley as well as “Made In Venice” cast members, Jesse Martinez, Ger-I Lewis, Christian Hosoi, Jeff Ho, Eric “Tuma” Britton, Dave Duncan, Bennett Harada, Dan Levy, Eddie Reategui, Bart Saric and many more! Dan Levy, Juice Magazine editor and skate photographer, has donated a previously unpublished photo of Jesse Martinez for this special occasion signing poster, in order to celebrate Jesse Martinez’s ongoing commitment to skateboarding and the Venice Skatepark.

Pro skaters, community activists and key MADE IN VENICE film subjects Jesse Martinez, Christian Hosoi, Jeff Ho, Eric “Tuma” Britton, Dave Duncan, Eddie Reategui, Bennett Harada, Dan Levy, Ger-I Lewis, Bart Saric, pro skater and skatepark activist, Geoff Rowley and other special guests TBA.

Thursday, December 15, 2016Program begins with MADE IN VENICE movie screening at 8:30pm followed by Q&A session and autograph signing. Tickets are $8 for Children and Seniors; $11 for Adults. Tickets are available at Art Theatre Long Beach WebsiteGet your tickets and get a special discount coupon from Pizzanista! upon arrival at the theatre.

Art Theatre Long Beach, 2025 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814.

WHAT ELSE:       
In a community effort similar to the one chronicled in MADE IN VENICE, Kelli Koller,proprietor of Seventh Wave Surf Shop, has been championing the cause of bringing surf back to Long Beach through the efforts of Sink The Breakwater. Proponents for tearing down or reconfiguring the breakwater believe the return of the waves will spark a social and economic revitalization of Long Beach, and make Long Beach waters cleaner.

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