5:30PM - Gates Open
5:30 - 9:30PM - The Nation Skate X CSEF Exhibition
6:30PM - Panel Discussion
7:45PM - Short Films
Finding a Line celebrates the creativity of the full breadth of the skateboarding community, including musicians, photographers, filmmakers, painters, graphic and fashion designers, as well as skateboarders themselves. The series of events taking place at the Ford is part of an ongoing, nationwide community-sourced public art project at the intersection of music, art, photography, filmmaking and skateboarding.
On Tuesday, September 25, the following series of free events will take place at the Ford. Reservations are requested.
Be sure to come back on Saturday, September 29 to see Greg Lutzka, Ron Allen, Sky and Ocean (AWSM KIDS), Vanessa Torres and more shred a ramp installed on the Ford stage as jazz pianist Jason Moran and The Bandwagon jam in response. Tickets can be found here.
THE NATION SKATE X CSEF EXHIBITION
An exhibition of photos and artwork from The Nation Skate and College Skateboarding Educational Foundation. Find out more here.
EXPLORING ISSUES OF RACE & DIVERSITY IN SKATEBOARDING CULTURE
Moderator: USC Lecturer Neftalie Williams
Panelists: Pro Skateboarders Ron Allen, Jaime Reyes, Paul Rodriguez and Stevie Williams
Neftalie Williams is Lecturer of Skateboarding and Action-Sports Business, Media and Culture at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and PhD Candidate at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. His research uses skateboarding culture as a lens to examine issues of diversity, identity, youth and mass culture, education, and public diplomacy. He received his BA in Communication and MA in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. He currently works with the USC Rossier School Pullias Center, along with Zoe B. Corwin on a Tony Hawk Foundation funded project, to explore the relationship between skateboarders, school and society. Neftalie is a research fellow at the USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society; former fellow for the Los Angeles LA84 Foundation; and winner of the 2015 USC Black Alumni award. As an academic and skateboarding envoy for the U.S. Neftalie officially uses skateboarding as a tool for cultural diplomacy and to promote inclusiveness, education and global citizenship. His forthcoming book is entitled Colour in the Lines: Understanding the African-American and U.S. Minority Experience in Skateboarding Culture.
His contributions to skateboarding culture have been featured in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Epóca Magazine, The Kennedy Center, Public Diplomacy Magazine, ESPN.com, Yahoo! Sports, VICE Sports, Transworld Skateboarding, Transworld Business, Voice of America, Jenkem and the Guinness Book of World Records. Neftalie currently calls New Zealand and Los Angeles home.
Ron Allen made a name for himself in the early 1990s skating with Matt Hensley on the H St. Skateboard Team. He has appeared on the cover of the world's largest skateboard magazines, including Thrasher and Transworld. He's proud to be among the first generation of skateboarders who are still pushing forward to see how far they can roll.
A pioneer in her own right, Jaime Reyes would become one of only three female skateboarders to have earned a cover of Thrasher Magazine at the age of 16. Featured on the April 1994 issue, her 360 flip at A'ala skatepark in Honolulu was her first published skate photo in a magazine. Her segment in Real skateboards Non Fiction (1997) would prove to cement her role in the industry, after which she appeared in over 15 skate videos including Thrasher's Donut Duty (1995), Zoo York Heads (1999), Vicious Cycle (2005), and multiple 411 VM’s. Jaime would eventually turn pro for Rookie skateboards in addition to having a signature pro shoe model for Gallaz footwear. In 2003, she made contest history by being the first female or male from Hawaii to place at the X Games. In Spring 2009, longtime sponsor In4mation introduced her pro model series. That same year she decided to step away from professional skateboarding due to personal reasons. However, in the last three years she has steadily returned to it noting that,"During the years I wasn't skating, I realized that skateboarding is the one thing that has always made me happy."
Paul Rodriguez, aka “P-Rod,” was recognized as a prodigy at the age of 14, only two years after he started skating. He toured the world as a part of the legendary City Stars team. His appeared in Logic 6 (2000) and Street Cinema (2001); his part in Tranworld’s In Bloom landed him Rookie of the Year in 2002. He turned pro later that year. P-Rod was one of a few skateboarders to form the Nike SB team, and later, was the first skateboarder to be endorsed as an official Nike Athlete, as well as the first Mexican American to earn a signature shoe for Nike. In 2004, he won his first of 3 Gold Medals in the X Games.
Stevie Williams is a professional skateboarder who was included in the 27th position of the "30 Most Influential Skaters of All Time" list that was compiled by Transworld Skateboarding in late 2011. Williams is the founder and co-owner of Dirty Ghetto Kids (DGK) skateboards, an American skateboard company.
TRICK FLICKS: A NIGHT OF SHORTS
Curated by: music video director/former pro skateboarder Laban and Diana Wyenn
Featuring works by James Craven, Fullon Campadres, and Kingswell, along with premieres by Raghav Arumugam and Jagriti Khirwar, Dave Bergthold, Mike Brown and Frank Pfeifer
Laban is a director and co-founder of Plain Wood Productions, who in his past life traveled the world as a professional skateboarder, in fact skateboarding was his film school. After making several successful skateboarding videos and three hit shows for Fuel TV, Laban tried his hand at music videos and never looked back. He has created lyric and official videos for a myriad of artists, including Martin Garrix, Justin Beiber, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Billy Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, Warpaint, Slash, Alicia Keys, Absofacto, Satryicon, Adam Zwig and Justin Timberlake. Laban won Best Official Lyric Video at the 2013 Telly Awards for “Suit and Tie.”
Diana Wyenn is a Los Angeles-based director, choreographer, producer and curator, who — whether working on large spectaculars or more intimate performances — challenges and inspires audiences to see beyond the usual. She has worked with The Walt Disney Company, Lincoln Center, Center Theatre Group, the LA Philharmonic, REDCAT, SummerStage, Chalk Repertory Theatre, Ghost Road Ensemble and The Inkwell Theater, among others. Wyenn is also the co-founder of Plain Wood Productions, Artistic Director at TIOH Art & Culture, and recently jumped back on stage to create and perform Blood/Sugar, an autobiographical solo performance illuminating and embodying America’s diabetes epidemic.
These events are presented in connection with the event Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media, taking place on September 29.