Dogtown and Z-Boys

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Dogtown and Z-Boys
Dogtown and Z-Boys FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Stacy Peralta
Produced by Agi Orsi
Written by Stacy Peralta
Craig Stecyk
Starring Jay Adams
Tony Alva
Bob Biniak
Chris Cahill
Paul Constantineau
Skip Engblom
Jeff Ho
Shogo Kubo
Jim Muir
Michael Ramsey (voice)
Peggy Oki
Stacy Peralta
Nathan Pratt
Wentzle Ruml IV
Allen Sarlo
Craig Stecyk
Glen E. Friedman
Narrated by Sean Penn
Cinematography Peter Pilafian
Edited by Paul Crowder
Release date(s)
  • January 19, 2001 (2001-01-19)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $400,000

Dogtown and Z-Boys is a 2001 documentary film directed by Stacy Peralta. Using a mix of film the Zephyr skateboard team shot in the 1970s by Craig Stecyk and more recent interviews, the documentary tells the story of a group of teenage surfer/skateboarders and their influence on the history of Skateboarding (and to a lesser extent surfing) culture. The film is narrated by Sean Penn.


Much of the archival footage used in the film came from teenagers who wanted to be a part of the Z-Boys group but were not good enough skateboarders so they got to be a part of the Z-Boys group by filming and photographing them.

The film's $400,000 budget was financed by Vans, Inc., whose skateboarding shoes Stacy Peralta had been paid to endorse during his days as a professional skateboarder.[1]

Peralta was not the only Z boy to work on the film; former Zephyr team members, photojournalists Craig Stecyk and Glen E. Friedman, were the film’s co-writer and co-producer, respectively.[2]


According to Stacy Peralta in a 2004 interview, "Dogtown has sold over a million DVDs and more than 700,000 VHS."[3]

In 2001, Stacy Peralta won the Sundance Film Festival Award for Directing Award Documentary. (



  1. ^ Olson, Steve (2001). "Dogtown Chronicles: Stacy Peralta interview". Juice Magazine (53). Archived from the original on December 10, 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ (Steinhart, Daniel. "Profiles: Stacy Peralta: "Dogtown and Z-Boys"." The Independent Film & Video Monthly 2002: 12-. International Index to Performing Arts Full Text. Web. 15 Oct. 2011
  3. ^ Marcus, Ben (2004). "Stacy Peralta Riding Giants Sundance Surfer". Surfer. Source Interlink Media. Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 

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