This is the coolest documentary I’ve ever seen. That’s the sentence that kept running through my head as I watched Bones Brigade. A perfect companion piece to Dogtown and Z-Boys, this film picks up where the last one ends. Skateboarding in the 1980s.
The first generation (Peralta, Alva, and the other Dogtown guys) are now coaching young kids, forming teams, and pushing the new generation to further skateboarding’s global reach. Guys like Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, and Steve Caballero are creating new tricks every day, showing them off at competitions, and starting to take home trophies. Sponsorship deals, backyard pipes, and the invention of the skate video are shaping a new generation of riders and fans. And Brigade retells it all through exciting footage, captivating editing, and personal interviews.
See this movie… even if you’ve never stepped on a skateboard in your life. That doesn’t matter. You’re watching legends recount the impact they’ve had on a culture and the impact that that culture’s had on them. It’s a must-see.
Stacy Peralta, director of Dogtown and Z-Boys, Riding Giants, and Crips and Bloods: Made in America, is undeniably one of the most talented documentarians working today. This is his fourth fantastic documentary in a row. He’s past having to prove anything and this film shows it.
Filmed in one week, Brigade’s interviews are emotional yet never sappy. There are tears but no sobs. Balanced with dynamic still shots and jaw dropping video, the project manages to stay incredibly personal while capturing the Big Picture from a fresh perspective.
Mullen stands as the emotional center of the film, telling stories of skateboarding both improving and worsening his mental state. Lance Mountain leaves it all out there. He describes his struggles with trying to raise a child and pay bills while following his passions to the continual gut checks that come with being surrounded by prodigies. And while it’s Peralta that serves as the crew’s ringleader, Brigade is a sum of its parts and that sum is awesome.