AKA: Girl Skater

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AKA: Girl Skater
Directed byMike Hill
Produced byWhyte House Productions
StarringAmy Caron, Vanessa Torres, Monica Shaw, Jaime Reyes, Dave Carnie, Jessica Landon
CinematographyJean-Jacques Briquet, Colleen Hughson, Lisa Whitaker
Edited byAdam Wright
Music byKristen Missen
Distributed byWhyte House Productions
Release date
  • 2003 (2003)
Running time
26 minutes
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish

AKA: Girl Skater is a 2003 documentary about four female professional skateboarders on a skateboarding tour in Australia.

The documentary follows Dave Carnie (from Big Brother Skateboard Magazine) as he leads pro skaters Amy Caron,[1] Vanessa Torres,[2] Monica Shaw,[3] and Jaime Reyes on a tour of Australia, visiting a variety of skate parks and tourist attractions.[4]

Overview[edit]

The film features the skaters doing demos at local skate parks, signing autographs for local people. There are also scenes of the skaters visiting a local zoo.

One part of the film takes place at the Gallaz Skate Jam in Melbourne, Australia, where the street course is won by Amy Caron. At the time, this contest was the largest prize in women's skateboarding, with Caron winning a new car.[5][6]

While the film features some skateboarding, it was viewed more as a documentary of the culture of female skateboarders, as opposed to a technical skate video. This is the first major skate film to focus solely on the progression and culture of women in skateboarding, by highlighting a select number of top female skaters.

Mike Hill, the director of Girl Skater once quoted that; "Given the current standard of women's skateboarding, a film that finally gives a voice to this subculture, and the phenomenal athletes that represent it, is well overdue."[5]

Cast[edit]

Home media[edit]

The DVD features special bonus features including Gallaz Skate Jam Highlights, trick tips with Lauren Mollica, a behind the scenes feature and a bails feature.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corey Nachman (29 July 2011). "Meet The Women Of The 2011 Summer X-Games". Business Insider Australia. Pedestrian Group. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  2. ^ Kristin Ebeling (9 June 2021). "SLMBR PARTY & SOBRIETY: VANESSA TORRES ON LIVING HER TRUTH". SKATEISM. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  3. ^ Sarah Huston (31 May 2019). "Finding the balance with designer and skateboarder Monica Shaw". Yeah Girl. Yeah Girl. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  4. ^ AKA: Girl Skater at IMDb. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
  5. ^ a b EXPN.com Press Release
  6. ^ "Gallaz Skate Jam 4 Results". World Cup Skateboarding 2002. WCSK8.com. 17 February 2002. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  7. ^ DVD info (Buy.com)
  8. ^ "Skateboarding DVD Video Review - Gallaz AKA Girl Skater". Skate The Planet. Skate The Planet. Retrieved 27 July 2021.

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