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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anthony Burns
Produced by Anthony Burns
Brandon Freeman
Heath Freeman
Justin Gilley
Nicholas Jayanty
Victor Moyers
Written by Anthony Burns
Brandon Freeman
Heath Freeman
Starring Shiloh Fernandez
Ashley Greene
Brett Cullen
James LeGros
Taylor Handley
Haley Ramm
Music by Michael Penn
Cinematography Peter Simonite
Edited by Robert Hoffman
Freeman Film
Reversal Films
Skateland Productions
Distributed by Freestyle Releasing
Release date
  • January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25) (Sundance)
  • May 13, 2011 (2011-05-13) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $19,411[1]

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

The film is dedicated to the memory of John Hughes, who directed teen films throughout the 1980s.


The story takes place in a small town in Texas in 1983. The film follows a 19-year-old boy named Ritchie Wheeler (Shiloh Fernandez) 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 (Ashley Greene) and Kenny Crawford (Taylor Handley). 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.



Based on an unknown, but presumably small budget, Skateland only grossed $19,411 in the North American box office.[1]

Upon its release, the film received mixed reviews; it currently holds a 42% rating (equivalent of 5.3/10) on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]


Probably one of the film's major highlights is its soundtrack, which is composed of numerous songs that defined the late 70s and 80s.


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