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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnthony Burns
Written by
Produced by
  • Brandon Freeman
  • Heath Freeman
  • Anthony Burns
  • Justin Gilley
  • Nicholas Jayanty
  • Victor Moyers
CinematographyPeter Simonite
Edited byRobert Hoffman
Music byMichael Penn
Freeman Film
Distributed byFreestyle Releasing
Release dates
  • January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25) (Sundance)
  • May 13, 2011 (2011-05-13) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$19,411[2]

Skateland is a 2010 American drama film written and directed by Anthony Burns and stars Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene, Heath Freeman, Brett Cullen, Melinda McGraw and Taylor Handley. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010. The film was released in the United States Freestyle Releasing on May 13, 2011.


The story takes place in a small town in Texas in 1983. The film follows a 19-year-old boy named Ritchie Wheeler who spends most of his time at the local roller rink where he works and hangs out with his friends, Brent Burkham (Heath Freeman), Brent's sister Michelle and Kenny Crawford. Ritchie is struggling trying to figure out his future, what he wants to do with his life and if he wants to go to college. When a tragedy occurs in Ritchie's life he is forced to make these decisions earlier than he expected.



Principal photography took place in Texas and Louisiana from October 2008 to December 2008.[3]


Skateland premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2010.[4] It was released on May 13, 2011 by Freestyle Releasing and grossed $19,411.[2]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 47% of 30 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.3/10.[5] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 51 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average" reviews.[6]


  1. ^ "Skateland. (12)". BBFC. April 22, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2024.
  2. ^ a b Skateland at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Simpson, Melody (January 20, 2009). "Following Skateland the Movie". Hollywood the Write Way. Retrieved January 15, 2024.
  4. ^ McCarthy, Todd (December 2, 2009). "Sundance unveils competition lineup". Variety. Retrieved January 15, 2024.
  5. ^ "Skateland". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved January 1, 2024. Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ "Skateland". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved January 15, 2024.

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