Aug 08, 2012
(Corey Adams, Alex Craig, Canada, 2009, Blu-ray, 91 min)
Co-presented with Sub Pop Records
The regal and grand sport of skateboarding has thrived for many generations, with amateur riders playing an outsized role in its history. Machotaildrop takes us on a highly visual and fantastical journey, as amateur skateboarder Walter Rhum realizes his dream of turning pro and riding for the world's greatest skateboard company.
Machotaildrop is the premiere skateboard company of its day, but Walter's journey is a window through which we discover the dark underbelly of what appears at first to be a benign corporation. Closer to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Zéro de conduite than Dogtown and Z-Boys, Machotaildrop hangs with a shimmer in time and place in a world of its own.