Stacy Douglas Peralta
October 15, 1957
Venice, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Film director, entrepreneur, former professional skateboarder|
|Known for||Co-founder of Powell Peralta|
(m. 1989; div. 1990)
|Children||2, including Austin Peralta (deceased)|
Stacy Douglas Peralta (born October 15, 1957) is an American film director and entrepreneur. He was previously a professional skateboarder and surfer with the Zephyr Competition Team, also known as the Z-Boys, from Venice, California.
Peralta was born in Venice, California, of Mexican and Irish descent. At age 15, he began competing with the Z-Boys, a group sponsored by the surf shop Jeff Ho Surfboards and Zephyr Productions along with Perry Caravello. His second sponsor was Gordon and Smith. Peralta graduated from Venice High School in 1975.
At the age of 19, Peralta became the highest-ranked professional skateboarder. Soon after, he joined forces with manufacturer George Powell to form Powell-Peralta, which would grow to be one of the most successful skateboard brands of the 1980s. With the financial backing of Powell-Peralta, Peralta formed the seminal Bones Brigade, a team composed of some of the best skaters at the time, many of whom revolutionized modern skateboarding.
In 1984, Peralta also directed and produced the first-ever skate video, the Bones Brigade Video Show.
Peralta is also credited in the 1985 movie Real Genius, playing the commander of a fictional space vehicle delivering a deadly laser blast to an unsuspecting criminal during the film's opening scene.
In 1992, Peralta left Powell-Peralta to direct and produce for television full-time. His love of skateboarding manifested itself in Dogtown and Z-Boys, a documentary film co-written with CR Stecyk III, regarding the legendary skateboard team known as the Z-Boys. The film, produced by Agi Orsi, reinforces the conviction that in the 1970s, much of the attention of the skateboarding media centered on Dogtown. Dogtown won Director's and Audience Awards for documentary at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Peralta also directed Riding Giants, a 2004 documentary of the history of modern big wave surfing and tow-in surfing. Following that, Peralta wrote the screenplay for the dramatic re-telling of the Dogtown days with Lords of Dogtown (2005). His 2008 documentary, Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008), focuses on gang violence in South-Central Los Angeles. This film provides insights into the origins of the infamous Crips and Bloods street gangs, and also offers a look at the social injustice in Los Angeles in the 1950s and '60s. In 2012, Peralta produced Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, which chronicles the Powell-Peralta skateboarding team of the same name. It includes interviews with Rodney Mullen, Craig Stecyk, Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, and Peralta himself, among others.
In 2008, Peralta directed a series of television commercials for Burger King in which the Inuit people of Greenland, Transylvanians of Romania and Hmong of Thailand, known as "Whopper virgins" in the ads, were offered their first taste of a fast food hamburger and asked to compare Burger King's Whopper to McDonald's Big Mac. Peralta subsequently came under attack for what some deemed exploitation of native peoples.
Peralta's experience as an entrepreneur and skate video filmmaker was adapted for the video game Tony Hawk's Underground. In 2003, Peralta also did cameo work for the game in which he played himself.
Divorced in the 1990s, Peralta had one son, pianist Austin Peralta who died on November 21, 2012.
|1985||Real Genius||Shuttle Pilot||Comedy|
|1987||The Search for Animal Chin||Director, producer||Action film|
|1989||Ban This||Director, producer||Feature documentary|
|1996||When Disasters Strike||Director||TV movie|
|1998||America's Teenagers Growing Up on Television||Director||TV movie|
|1999||Influences: From Yesterday to Today||Director||TV movie|
|2000||The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television||Director, producer||TV documentary|
|2001||Dogtown and Z-Boys||Director, writer||Feature documentary|
|2004||Riding Giants||Director, producer||Feature documentary|
|2005||Lords of Dogtown||Writer||Feature film|
|2006||Pipeline Masters||Narrator, producer||Feature documentary|
|2008||Crips and Bloods: Made in America||Director, writer, producer||Feature documentary|
|2012||Bones Brigade: An Autobiography||Director, producer||Feature documentary|
|2003||Tony Hawk's Underground||Himself|
|1979||Charlie's Angels||Kid on skateboard||The Prince and the Angel episode|
|1992||Nickelodeon Wildside Show||Director||Nature show|
|1995||Mr. Show with Bob and David||Title designer/director, episode 103||Sketch comedy show|
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- Cynthia Fuchs (2001–2012). ""You Go Blindfolded": An Interview with Stacy Peralta, Dogtown and Z-Boys". morphizm. morphizm.com. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- Manzano, Gilberto (July 23, 2015). "12 Latinos that Made History with Skateboards". wearemitu.com. Mitú. Archived from the original on September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
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- Crips and Bloods: Made in America at IMDb
- "Whopper Virgins". Cpbgroup.com. Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
- Fitzsimmons, Caitlin (December 4, 2008). "Burger King's 'Whopper Virgins' ads: just bad taste? | Media | guardian.co.uk". The Guardian. London. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
- Hayes, Andrea. "Dogtown and Z-Boys: Teaching the Documentary". Screen Education 40 (2005): 84-87. Academic Search Premier. Web. May 7, 2013.