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.


Review  the film called ‘Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy,’ released on 7/12/11.

I’ve been skating and watching skate videos for about six years now. I am also a big fan of punk rock and a lifestyle associated with it. Skatopia is the sickest video I have watched in a very long time though. It chronicles a year at Skatopia, a Skatepark in the middle of Appalachia, in which skating, music, and punk rock lifestyles are embraced. This video is like Bam Margera on Acid! I couldn’t help but laugh over and over at the crazy antics these skate punk hillbillies actually do. From mosh pits, to burning car – destruction and anarchy are shown in a true, real-life way. The skateparks in the video are amazing, and you would never think that you would find such a great spot in the middle of nowhere.

What makes this video so refreshing is that it encompasses the lifestyle of skating as well as skate footage itself. Just about every other video I’ve watched includes nothing but the skaters riding around doing tricks. That’s good and all, but Skatopia lets you into the lives of these kids. You can see the passion, the enthusiasm, the pain, the craziness, and most of all, the dedication. Watching the kids in the video work hard to build new ramps and snakeruns is so inspirational – I wanted to grab a hammer and nails right after I watched this video! I didn’t that available at that moment though, so I did the next best thing and picked up my board and went skating for a few hours, came home, watched Skatopia again, and decided that I definately need to make a trip to Appalchia sometime to check this place out.

Until I watched this video, I didn’t even know about this place. Now all I want to do is go! The bond everyone shares is something skateboarding is missing!



The unofficial local chronicler of all things Skatopia… Beth Sergent taps in to how Skatopia and Walmart have more in common than you might think.

Bowl Bash tradition continues: ‘88 Bands of Anarchy’ promised
by By Beth Sergent

BSERGENT@MYDAILYSENTINEL.COM

RUTLAND — Starting Friday, skateboarding pilgrims will flock to the hills of Rutland Township for the 16th Annual Bowl Bash at Skatopia which promises “88 Bands of Anarchy.”

Bowl Bash is an unofficial and offbeat tourist destination that “dare not speak its name” in the hallowed halls of officially sanctioned Meigs County events though it still brings in visitors who spend money here.

This year’s event begins Friday well into Sunday morning with those 88 bands playing on three stages – bands like Nassau Chainsaw, Green Jelly The Snotty Kids, The Stink and The Cooties. It’s an annual weekend of music, skating and tired eyes watching the sun come up over a Rutland hollow. As usual, no tickets are sold for the event though a donation is greatly appreciated for admission, according to Brewce Martin, owner of Skatopia.

Yesterday, Martin and crew were busy preparing Skatopia for the bash and its pilgrims; pilgrims who have likely read the Rolling Stone spread or seen the documentary “88 Acres of Anarchy” and/or the MTV Skatopia True Life episode – and they want to know more. The True Life episode which was broadcast this past April, featured footage shot at last year’s Bowl Bash – the episode was aired across the nation on the Emmy-award winning series, casting a light on a small but notorious corner of Meigs County.

Myths, rumors and truths about the place aside, Martin has claimed his place “isn’t just a place to party” and that “99 percent of the time out here it’s just normal life going on.” Martin has also poked fun at the Skatopia stereotypes, saying it “isn’t full of poverty-ridden dirt bags” though he’s admitted it attracts a diverse population when it comes to those pilgrims who arrive at the gates.

“This is the funny thing, there are all kinds of people here just like when you go to Wal-Mart…you don’t know who you’re going to see,” Martin has said in the past.

A complete list of bands can be found on Skatopia’s official website.


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In order to get our film into Netflix we need thousands of people to “SAVE” us on their queue! Type Skatopia in the search bar and hit “Save”. If we get enough saves, they’ll buy our movie. Tell all your friends, tell your grandparents, tell the kids on the playground!


This weekend watch MTV’s True Life to see how a newcomer handles Skatopia…. lets see how Reality TV meets reality! You weigh in… did they get it right or not?

Skatopia and ‘True Life’

RUTLAND — Skatopia is a destination with its share of myths, rumors and reality – all captured in an upcoming episode of MTV’s long-running, Emmy award-winning series “True Life.”

The episode is slated to air on April 9 on MTV and consists of footage shot at last year’s Bowl Bash – an annual weekend of music, skating and tired eyes watching the sun come up over an amphitheatre in Rutland Township.

Skatopia Mastermind Brewce Martin said he’d been in talks with a production company to shoot the episode in 2009 but due to an injury he sustained, the filming was pushed back to Bowl Bash 2010. The film crew was on location at Skatopia for around two weeks in June of last year, again, focusing on the annual bash.

Martin hasn’t seen the finished episode though he says he hopes it captures what he feels several people have missed when it comes to Skatopia by focusing on the sensationalist aspect of the place – a place captured in the documentary “Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy” and within the pages of “Rolling Stone” magazine.

“It’s not just a place to party and 99 percent of the time out here it’s just normal life going on,” Martin said.

Poking fun at what some see as Skatopia stereotypes, Martin said his skating Mecca isn’t full of “poverty-ridden dirt bags” though he admits to attracting a diverse population when it comes to those who make the pilgrimage.

“This is the funny thing, there are all kinds of people here just like when you go to Wal-Mart…you don’t know who you’re going to see,” Martin said.

“True Life” is notorious and celebrated for showing viewers an intimate view of life, reality and the versatility (and often ingenuity) of its narrators. The series began running in 1998 and attempts, according to MTV, to provide a window into the struggles, hopes and dreams of young people – episodes are narrated by its characters and each episode documents the unusual (and often remarkable) circumstances of real individuals.

Skatopia will join a long list of episodes which have examined everything from soldiers returning from Iraq to young people living with tourettes or struggling with food addictions – the topics are endless. As for how Rutland Township’s Skatopia will translate with the MTV audience – if the episode is real, it’ll be classic “True Life.”