The first trailer for the 1980's indy drama Skateland has been released today. The film was nominated for the dramatic Grand Jury prize at Sundance and we had a chance to see the film up at the festival this year. Here is a little excerpt from Abe Froman's review of the film.
An incredibly detailed look at the sights, sounds, and fashions of the 80's, Skateland plays like an 80's movie mix-tape, with some serious odes to the late great John Hughes, and his films of that era. The film is even dedicated to Hughes, as if his influence wasn't obvious enough.
But the film tries to fit way too much into one story. The main plot lines and overall pace of the film would have greatly benefited from some simple fat trimming. But they could have included everything and more, as this is something that could have made for a great TV show... like Wonder Years great. But there's just not enough time to invest in all of the stories to make it an exciting watch. I wish we could have spent more time with these characters and story arcs.
To read his full review for the film Click Here.
It’s 1983, and Skateland, the roller rink and local hangout of a small town, is becoming a fading memory of an earlier time, when disco and roller-skating were king. The party scene is getting stale, and 19-year-old Ritchie's romantic life is as cloudy as his future. He struggles to make sense of it all, and decisions do not come easily to the carefree young man. When tragedy strikes his friends and family, Ritchie must face the music—and make the biggest decision of his life.
The film was directed by first time director Anthony Burns, and stars Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Green (Twilight), Heath Freeman, Brett Cullen (Lost), Melinda McGraw (Dark Knight) and Haley Ramm. Check out the trailer below and tell us what ya think.