In the early part of 2010, we were approached by film-maker Jeremy Pion-Berlin about co-producing a skate documentary in the Philippines. He told us DC’s International skate team were making their way to Cebu, Philippines and would we want to be involved in shooting a short film?
Uh.. YES. First of all, it’s skateboarding. For some of us here, this is an outlet we need in order to be happy. So anything to do with skateboarding is down with us. Secondly, the video would focus on the positivity and the impact that skateboarding has on the communities and on the youth in the Philippines and all over the world. Positivity, youth and skateboarding? No brainer. Of course we were in.
On March 4, 2010 DC Shoes hosted the local skate competition at Visioneri Landskate in Talisay City, Cebu. The park, owned by Eugene Neri, was built based around Rob Dyrdek’s skate park in Ohio. When we interviewed Eugene, he had told us that Mr. Dyrdek himself was the inspiration for this because of his Safe Spot Skate Spot project. (Did we mention, we love Rob? Side note, Big Black is back for the fourth season of Fantasy Factory! Check it here: Big Black is Back!)
Tourists visiting the Philippines and locals flocked to the skate park to watch over 30 competitors skate their way to first place and claim their cash prize of 5000PHP. But what made it the most exciting for everyone, was the International DC Skate Team, Bjorn Johnston, Greg Myers, Buchi Kawabuchi and Kieran Reilly that came to hold a demo for the the local skaters. Not only were they personable, but they hung out with the crowd in the stands, skated around with all the kids and celebrated with them afterward.
A signing and skate demo were also held in Ayala mall the following day, so we spoke to the winners of the skate competition and got their feedback and perspective on what skateboarding meant to them and their community.
We captured it all.
“On the Flipside” is currently in post-production, but we wanted to give you a teaser on what exactly is in store. The full documentary will be out in the early part of Summer 2011, so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, enjoy what you see and keep on skating.
For another perspective on that event check it here: DC SKATE