Friday, May 10, 2013
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring "Skaterdater". This is the classic film-short from 1965 that the won the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. It was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Short Subject category, and won First prizes in international film festivals including Moscow and Venice. This is a great coming-of-age film. One thing that is really unique about this movie is that it has no dialogue, but to compensate for that, the visuals are astonishing and it has a terrific soundtrack. Incidentally this was the first skateboard movie ever made, and it is probably still the best of the genre. By-the-way, Carroll Ballard, the director of "The Black Stallion" was one of the camera-persons on this project. I must say that watching "Skaterdater" made me feel so young and nostalgic for days gone by. There are parts of "Skaterdater" that captures the mystical and carefree nature of youth perfectly. "Skaterdater" is really about the Zen of skateboarding. You can watch the complete movie by clicking on the video widget below. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.