Who is Ted Leonsis and why is he talking up Skatopia? Not exactly our core demographic. But he wrote maybe our favorite (and briefest) review ever.

So… I had to click on ‘About’ to see what’s up.

Here’s the skinny: “Ted Leonsis is founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates the Washington Capitals (NHL), Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Mystics (WNBA) and Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.” He is also a Venture Capitalist who is the former co-CEO of Groupon, President at AOL, and…. ah ha! Producer of four documentary films! Including Nanking (which won a couple Emmy’s and a Peabody Award)… and… double ah ha! (ah ha ah ha?) the founder of Snag Films! The very place you can watch Skatopia for Free!!!!

So… the big question is… is it just self interest or did Ted really like our film???? And does a guy who sits in the owner’s suite at NHL and NBA games a hundred plus nights a year really care what happens in a maximum-anarchy skate scene in Meigs County, OH?  Only Ted knows for sure.

Watch it tonight to see if you agree.

Last Thursday Nick McKnight, Skatopia’s long standing icon and mechanic died peacefully at Skatopia. He had just finished changing engines on a couple of the farm’s trucks (or should we call them “junk” the way he would?) He lay down for a little while and didn’t get up. He was in a place he loved, doing what he loved and we can all appreciate that. Nick was a huge part of our film and more importantly, our lives when we lived in Meigs County.

Here’s what I posted on Facebook on Friday:
R.I.P Nick McKnight… legendary Skatopian, friend of ours, friend of many. Meigs County born and raised. The world is a less colorful place without him in it. Our thoughts are with all the folks who were touched by his big spirit. You are already missed, McNugget.

Yes, it is finally available for digital enjoyment! Download to own, rent it, be a critic for a night and write a review! If we get lots of hits this week we’re hoping to break into iTunes top 100!

Here’s a nifty button (straight from the Apple-elf workshops):

Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy

And Android owners don’t despair! You can get in on the act at Google Play.

Celebrate our Philadelphia & Seattle screenings with a little 2006 mayhem at Skatopia. Laurie filmed in that car a short time before Turtle flew off!“Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy” in THEATERS in SEATTLE & PHILADELPHIA! Nov 16 to 22.

“Skatopia is a grimy bubble of pure freedom; a skateboarder’s dream and end-of-the-world Thunderdome all at the same time.”
– Film Threat

Maybe our Skatopia screenings in Seattle & Philly will be just as successful!
Nov 16-22 at 16:9 Cinema in PHI and Grand Illusion in SEA

Skater-Cop Confrontation in HollywoodLos Angeles police said they responded in force to a section of Hollywood Boulevard after a large group of skateboarders took over the heavily trafficked roadway Saturday night.

Aerial video showed many dozens of people in the street, and a phalanx of patrol cars on Hollywood Boulevard. Officers were seen running toward the group, which began to scatter.

A group of 400 skateboarders were in the street, and the Los Angeles Police Department had responded with a modified tactical alert, according to Sgt. Rudy Lopez.

Shopkeepers had been advised to close their businesses and lock their doors, according to an employee of Juicy Burger.

The incident began about 9 p.m. near Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street (map).

A man identifying himself as an ESPN skateboard writer on Twitter was at the scene and tweeted about the ongoing incident, saying the crowd was in Hollywood for the premiere of “Bake and Destroy” at the Vine Theater.

“People were cool but then around 830 people were hitting each other with beer cans, throwing cigs at pedestrians & starting fights,” HaitianReggie tweeted.

More than 20 patrol cars were seen at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue.

No other information was available as of midnight.


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Garden Thieves Pictures is a new distributor for Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy. We’ll be screening Nov 16th– 22nd  at the The Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle, Washington, and the same week at the 16:9 Cinema in Philadelphia, PA. A multi-city tour to follow.

Also, we’re (finally) coming to iTunes. Look for us there on December 4 with more streaming options to follow.

Follow the action on our Facebook page or at the movie website.

Minsk (Belarus): June 21-24,

Warsaw (Poland): July 5-8.

In the “Reclaim Yr Space” section of the DIY Film Fest

Nice description:
“After all, who said utopia should look the same for all 7 milliard of earthlings? Skatopia, skaters’ Mecca on the Appalachian farm could be criticized for the compromises they make and their hierarchy, but it definitely has something that makes squeal both schoolkids with bra?kets on teeth and old punks with beers, the reason why local hillbillies and traveling skaters year after year continue to dig and concrete… Everything for their dream.”

And what’s not to love about to this great festival blurb?

DIY FILM FEST is the first and the only cyclic movie event focusing entirely on counterculture and its creative influence on surrounding reality. DIY FILM FEST also attempts to redefine certain ideas and concepts. It is a homage paid to creativity devoid of particularistic and capitalistic values, as well as an invitation to everyone appreciating independent culture to document and archive its signs and achievements, assuring that they would get to wider audience.

DIY FILM FEST is also a realization of its authors’ dream, that is creating something with no budget, offer something for free, not requiring disinterested support, always offering something in exchange. The event itself is a particle of what we would like to talk about, which is broadly understood concept of DIY.

But above all, DIY FLM FEST expresses affection for cinematography free of formulas, taboos or stylistic conventions. Cinematography that is free in its form and content. Cinematography not depending on box office results, producers’ requirements or spectators’ clichéd preferences.