Director – Jonathan Penson
After two decades as a photographer, and painter, Jonathan Penson was inspired to enter the world of filmmaking. Since then he has directed and produced several short documentary films. In 2011, turned his attention and camera toward the lifestyle of the skateboarders of Venice (aka Dogtown and telling their story of how the world class Venice Skatepark came into existence. His efforts, along with the contributions from the community, produced the documentary film, “MADE IN VENICE” which is now released in theaters in the US, with global release in the future.
Editor – Kenn Bartlett
A television and film editor with both scripted and reality show experience, Kenn joined the “MADE IN VENICE” team in 2012. Working directly with the Penson, he helped to add an innovative style to the documentary that emphasized the grind of the skateboards, sound effects that accompany almost every move, along with visual and music editing that recreated the tone and mood of the world of skateboarding in the film.
Writer / Co-Producer – Diane Rozas
In 2012, Diane joined the fledgling production as its writer in order to develop the extraordinary Venice skatepark story into a film script. By that time, she had become involved in various aspects of the production, continuing through post-production, marketing, and activities supporting the distribution of the film.
Executive Producer – Dianne Lerner
Considering her previous work with local and global groups in both community activism, education, and in cultural projects, the opportunity to guide the telling of the Venice Skatepark story through to a completed documentary film was a natural for the Executive Producer. Sharing the story with skaters globally who are also working hard to get a skatepark is her goal.
Sound Editor – Darren Barnett
Darren’s vast experience covers documentaries, reality and series TV shows, and long form TV and feature film, including his recent contributions on the sound team to the 2016 Golden Globe awards, “Mozart In the Jungle.” He collaborates with independent filmmakers to help them bring their projects to life through the power of the soundtrack, including Made In Venice.
Co-Producers Todd Gessel -Surfer, Skateboarder, former President – VSA, and currently works as a firefighter for the Forestry Service. Joel Klug – He started as a Reality TV Show talent, and continues to work in entertainment as an executive. Jesse Martinez – Street Skating Pioneer, former President – VSA, 80’s pro skater, co-founder of the Venice Skatepark Foundation. Masao Myrashiro – Skateboarder, Surfer, and is a Hair Stylist in Venice. He is also involved in videography.
Cast – In order of Appearance
Kate Sullivan – Venice Local Jamie Quaintance – Venice Pro Skater / Fashion Model (London) Anthony “Tonan” Ruiz – Venice Skateboarder Bart Saric – Venice Skater / Artist / Videographer / Owner: Skater Made Skateboards Jesse Martinez – 80s Pro Skater & Street Skate Legend Eric “Tuma” Britton – Venice Skater / Skateboard Instructor Cesario “Block” Montano – Photographer, Director, & Owner of Venice Originals Tim Jackson – Venice Pro Skater Skip Engblom – Dogtown Godfather & Owner of Santa Monica Airlines Nathan Pratt – Original Z-Boy / Venice Business Owner Jay Adams – Original Z-Boy, considered “The Seed” of modern skateboarding Dave Duncan – 80s Pro Skateboarder San Diego/ ESPN Action Sports Announcer Aaron Murray – 80s Pro Skater / Venice Local Christian Hosoi – 80s Pro Skater & Skateboarding Legend Dennis Ogden – Marina Del Ray Skatepark Owner & Operator Ray Flores – Dogtown Godfather, World Champion Skateboarder, Entrepreneur Craig Stecyk, III – Dogtown Godfather, Author of “The Dogtown Chronicles” Pat Ngoho – 80s Venice Pro Skater Eddie Reategui – 80s Venice Pro Skater Scott Oster – 80s Pro Skater / Venice Business owner Joey Tran – 80s Pro Skater / Venice Local Heidi Lemmon – Skatepark activist / Venice Local Wally Hollyday – Skatepark Designer & Builder James “Jimbo” Quaintance – Venice 80s Pro Skater Solo Scott – Venice Pro Skater / Venice Real Estate Company Owner Lance Lemond – Local Venice Skater / VSA Volunteer Joff Drinkwater – Venice Local Skater Mark Billik – Action Sports Promoter – Roller Blade & BMX Susanne “Melanie” Berry – Local Surfer / Venice Community Activist Todd “Ger-I Lewis” Gessel – Venice Surfer & Skateboarder / Community Activist Dan Levy – Journalist & Photographer at “Juice” Magazine, Venice Ruth Galanter – Former LA City Councilwoman, 11th District, Venice Mike Bonin – Current Los Angeles City Councilman, 11th District, Venice Jeremy Shadler – Venice Local Steve Mayorga – Venice Local Volunteer Jim “Red Dog” Muir – Original Z-Boy & Owner Dogtown Skateboards Mike Sherrod – RRM Group, Venice Oceanfront Re-Design Bill Rosendahl – Former L.A. City Councilman – 11th District, Venice Adam Hamilton – Local Venice Skater John Thomas – Los Angeles Dept. of Parks and Recreation Zac Wormhoudt – Owner: California Skateparks Bennett Harada – Local Venice Pro Skateboarder / Skate Instructor Julian Martinez – Local Venice Skater Joe Connolly – Owner: The Graffiti Guerrilla Lauren Seagrave – Venice Local / VSA Volunteer Victor Blue – Local Skater / Volunteer Steve “Primo” Primeau – Local Surfer / Skater / Volunteer Joe “Shmoe” Ayala – Local Venice Skater Sergeant Marc Reina – L.A.P.D. Kiko Francisco – Local Pro Skater Asher Bradshaw – Local Pro Skater Pauline Bronon – Local Venice Skater Mario Narango – Local Venice Skateboarder Mary Prideaux – Local Venice Skateboarder Karrington Smith – Local Venice Skateboarder Dave Hackett – World Champion Skateboarder Jeff Ho – Venice Godfather, Surfboard Designer