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A film that treads a fine line between documentary and mockumentary, Marten Persiel’s examination of the underground skateboarding scene in 1980s East Germany is a fascinating exploration of sub-culture life. Through a blend of actual footage and impressively staged recreations of the past, the film aims to capture the essence of this period and peel away the myths surrounding one of the figureheads of this movement, Denis ‘Panik’ Paraceck.
German with English subtitles
Filmmaker, author and commercial director Marten Persiel spent 12 years traveling through England, Spain, Brazil and the Philippines, before returning to his birthplace Berlin in 2008, bringing home four documentaries, countless award-winning commercials and an excellent network of filmmakers and producers all around the world. Persiel’s trademarks are his close bonds with his protagonists and his very own, off-key aesthetics. He always searches for unusual, less restrictive narrative formats to tell his stories. This Ain’t California, a project particularly dear to Persiel, will mark a climax in this quest thus far.
Skylon is an artist/activist who has been immersed in street culture his whole life, expressing himself primarily through music, photography, graphic design and creative writing. Having grown up as an 80s kid and 90s teenager on London’s council estates, his exposure to the many aspects of hip hop culture was inevitable and is what has shaped a large part of his identity. At one point or another, like most people of his generation who have grown up in similar environments, he has dabbled in skateboarding, BMXing, graffiti, djing, mcing and more. Today he stands as an emerging figure in the underground Drum&Bass music scene and is currently running the SOS Resistance campaign, successfully fighting to save the iconic Southbank skating area in London, in use since the 1970s.
Biko Issah is a London born artist and skateboarder. Growing up surrounded by hip hop and street culture, skateboarding quickly became a natural appeal, and it was his love for the rawness and challenges of skateboarding that made him look to the art of tattooing as a means for expression – one chance to make your impact and make it count. Biko is involved in the SOS and Long Live Southbank campaign to preserve the iconic Southbank Undercroft, which he counts as the birth place and home of British skateboarding.