Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy takes you inside a hillbilly skateboarder “commune” in Appalachia where anything goes. The self-declared cult-leader of Skatopia converts punk skaters into volunteer labor, battles bill collectors, does a stint in jail and raises his own family amidst the chaos. Not just for skateboarders, the film explores the glory and the challenges of pursuing your own dream.
Back in 2006, Jeremey happened to be at Skatopia with his partner at the time, Allison Muir. They were filming the Bowl Bash for Current TV.
88 Acres of Anarchy was in production then. The filmmakers, Laurie House and Colin Powers had been camped out at Skatopia with their Headlamp crew for a few months and they were planning to be there for a few more, which blew Jeremey’s mind. If you’ve ever seen any footage of Skatopia than you know what a commitment to filmmaking that was. JADED’s been following the progress of the film ever since.
In fact, we had the pleasure of premiering our short documentary Make It Happen: Lowcard a few slots before the North American premiere of 88 Acres of Anarchy at the 1st International Skateboard Film Festival in Seattle a couple of years ago. Then we hung out with Laurie and the Skatopians during the after party at Marginal Way. It was great talking to her about filmmaking, and we are now excited to share the news that Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy is out on DVD at skatopiathemovie.com and it hits the stores on July 12.
The Collector’s Edition features over 90 minutes of material not found on the retail version. If you order before July 12, they’ll throw in a sticker pack free.
The retail edition ships free in the US with the discount code: freeship
They also need some help getting it up on Netflix. Click here and hit “Save” or “Add to My Queue”.
Oh yeah, and like them on Facebook
File this under better late than never. Believe me, I’ve wanted to get this out there since the day after. Fortunately for us JADED had a really good year… unfortunately, that meant I couldn’t edit this until now. Happy late birthday Johnny!
Tyler Moore killed it on the A1 with the death lens while I made my first attempt at shooting skating and verite documentary with the 7D.
rev music- hip hop
royalty free music
proilific arts inc.
“do the kangaroo”
“gotta fight by tg”
“tons of paper by the crime lords”
the lost tracks
Johnny’s life is so crazy we thought it would make a good reality show.
Produced & Shot by Abby Berendt Lavoi & Jeremey Lavoi Edited by Abby Berendt Lavoi
The Lowcard mini doc to end all Lowcard mini docs. It premiered at the Skateboard Film Festival on August 14, 2009 and was awarded a Bronze Telly Award in 2010
If you don’t know what Lowcard is, then watch and learn.
Make It Happen is a series of short documentaries about creative projects that started out DIY. This is the first one.
Shot, Produced, and Edited by Abby Berendt Lavoi and Jeremey Lavoi.
Music by Hightower, Hottub, Mothership, and Bad Strip
Open animation by Thom Blythe
Our friend Pete Koff just sent over the premiere dates for Supercharged: the Life and Times of Tim Brauch. If you’ve been reading the blog then you know that we’ve helped out a little on this film. In fact the video posted above is the open sequence that Jeremey cut a month or two ago. (It has an alpha channel, which is why it goes to black.)
We can’t wait to see the finished project on the big screen. Be there.
SUPERCHARGED DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE DATES:
San Jose at Camera 12 Cinema
Saturday September 26,
First show @7pm(doors at 6:30) and 9pm(doors at 8:30)
201 South Second Street San Jose, CA 95113 (408)-998-3300
San Francisco at the Victoria Theater
Thurs Oct.1 at 7:30pm(doors at 7)
2961 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 863-7576
Santa Cruz at the Rio Theatre
Thurs Oct. 15th at 8pm(doors at 7:30)
1205 Soquel Avenue Santa Cruz, Ca 95062 (831) 423-8209
Have we posted this before? (It’s kinda old, but also kinda awesome.) Enjoy.
Following a weekend of Skate Films in Seattle, I thought I’d share this Daniel Kim vid that I snagged from 48 Blocks. I’m feeling the skateboarding AND the production. Creative edits, beautiful shots. I liked the use of time ramps, and the well composed long lens shots. I didn’t notice a single death lens angle, not even when following, which was refreshing. (edit: I did notice one, but still…) I’d love to know how they got those following shots though… steadycam?
Updates about the fest will be coming shortly…