MADE IN VENICE is as close as you'll come to the heartbeat of skateboarding, from its birthplace on the streets of Venice - aka "Dogtown" - to the local skateboarders who have held it up as "tradition" from the early '70s, and still do today.
This is the documentary film that captures the firsthand stories and recollections of 40-plus years of skaeboarding in Venice that started as the Z-Boys, and continued with its legendary street skaters and the iconic Venice locals,who offer their insider's look back at the early days of surviving the rough streets. They lived for skateboarding, and made it into a "lifestyle".
As you'll see, when these guys skated the graffiti covered Venice Pavilion, it as all attitude - edgy, raw, dangerous, Punk Rock infused moves and speed. This was their unquestioned "Mecca" for skateboarding. Skaters came from all over the world to "ride" the Pavilion.
In the year 2000, when a city improvement plan turned their beloved Pavilion into a pile of rubble, the skaters realized they had to band together to do what seemed impossible: To finally get a skateboard park in Venice.
"Through Sheer Perseverance, Anything Is Possible."
"Skate doc 'Made in Venice" celebrates the house that Z-Boys built."
"Essentially, the film is a window into skateboarding's history.."
Made In Venice is not just a skate movie. It’s a tale of audacity, guts and hope filled with counterculture characters that overcame all obstacles to claim victory for the masses."
MADE IN VENICE documents the skaters' challenges. How they had to trade fists for words to fight the battles at City Hall and get their points across. They created an official organization - the Venice Skate Association (VSA) - to gain respect. But there was still plenty of bull***t politics, secret meetings and special interest groups to stand up to throughout the struggle from concept to construction. Finally, the day arrived they had all been living for - the Venice Skatepark Dedication Day - one you'll never forget after experiencing what's possible when you don't give up or give in. No matter what odds are stacked against you!