Skateland will make its debut at The Sundance Film Festival 2010 as one of the 16 film selected for the U.S. Dramatic competition. This will be director Anthony Bruns debut film. The film takes place in a small town in Texas in the early 1980's. Dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way. Here is a little write up from Indiewire:
In the film, 19-year-old Ritchie (Shiloh Fernandez, “Red”) is on the verge of having his life change when the skate park he works at closes down and with it his carefree life of hanging with his friends. With responsibilities suddenly thrust upon him, he spends the rest of the summer transitioning into an adult. “Where he worked at represents a dying age,” Burns explains. “Skateboarding is becoming popular, East Texas is big in exporting energy and industrial chemicals, so there’s a sense of self realization and upward mobility and Ritchie has to grow up.
The director also wrote a little article for Moving Pictures Magazine about the film in which he refers to the film as a coming of age set in the 80's and says:
It's fueled by an MTV pop appeal, broken and regained relationships, car chases, the always thriving binge drinking backdrop of Anytown, USA, and a cinematic wonder branded by the beauty of the landscape. It's a story that might take place anywhere in the world, but since this is our moment, we chose our childhood stomping grounds.
The film stars Shiloh Fernandez, A.J. Buckley, Ashley Greene, Brett Cullen, Ellen Hollman and Heath Freeman. Sounds like these guys put a lot of work and love into making this film and it sounds like its going to be a nice little film to watch.
Check out the images for the film below and let us know what you think!