About the Film:
This feature length documentary film will share the history of East Africa’s first skateboard park and look at its impact—both positive and negative—on local youth and the surrounding community.
The film is taking a unique production approach in that it will be made in collaboration with local skateboarders and community members. It is being done this way so that those in Uganda can tell their own individual stories, have a say in how they are represented, and learn filmmaking skills.
I will work together with 8 to 10 skaters to help them produce their own stories. They will choose what they want to share and have a hand in the production. The final film will thread these stories together with documentation of our production process, a past and present look at skateboarding in Uganda, and my own insights as a foreigner who has been involved with the skateboard park since its start up.
What Is Needed:
The funds raised from this campaign will be spent on production equipment that will be used to make the documentary. When the film is completed a camera, sound equipment, laptop with editing software, tripod, and batteries/memory cards will stay in Uganda so those who worked on the documentary will be able to keep making their own films and control their own media.
The other funds required to make the film (travel, production, and post-production) have already been awarded by the British Columbia Arts Council's Project Assistance for Media Artists grant.
About the Filmmaker:
I'm from Vancouver, Canada. I started filmmaking in high school when my friends and I made skateboard movies each summer. My films have screened in festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival, they have also been sold to major television networks (Canal+, SBS Australia). I have worked on several community based filmmaking projects with the Vancouver Parks Board and taught filmmaking to children and youth. I am 32 years old and love to skateboard.
My Curiosities with the Film:
I'd like to take a critical look at the impact the skateboard project has had on the youth and on the community, hear the stories the skaters have to share, and explore how western media and the skateboard world has reacted to skateboarding in Uganda.
My Connection with Skateboarding in Uganda: