After directing two of the greatest board sports documentaries of all-time, Riding Giants and Dogtown & Z-Boys, Stacy Peralta is back with a film chronicling the legendary Bones Brigade. Made up of Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero, Mike McGill and others the Powell-Peralta Bone Brigade squad completely changed the face of skateboarding, setting the stage for the culture we know today.
It’s not a death metal band, an extreme diet club or historic dominoes association—the Bones Brigade was a talented gang of teenage outcasts. Unmotivated by fame or popularity, they completely dedicated their lives to a disrespected art form. For most of the 1980s, this misfit crew headed by a 1970s ex-skateboard champion blasted the industry with a mixture of art and raw talent becoming the most popular skateboarding team in history. The core unit of the Bones Brigade built an empire that covered the world. They dominated contests, made hundreds of thousands of dollars, created the modern skateboard video, reinvented endemic advertising, pushed skate progression into a new era, and set the stage for a totally new form of skating called street style. There’s nothing comparable in today’s skateboarding.
Originally shown at the Sundance Film Festival, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography is now currently screening at various stops across North America.