Release date:May 13, 2011
Screenwriters:Anthony Burns, Heath Freeman, Brandon Freeman
Starring:Ashley Greene, Haley Ramm, James LeGros, Shiloh Fernandez, Taylor Handley, A.J. Buckley
"Skateland" explores the rupture of charismatic Ritchie Wheeler, brother and sister Brent and Michelle Burkham, and wise-cracking lady-killer Kenny Crawford's seemingly complacent existence as they struggle with the collapse of their tumultuous home lives, the alcohol-induced idling of reckless adolescence, and the wane of their hometown hangout, the local roller rink. A story syncopated with moments of violent turbulence, of heartbreak and of new beginnings, "Skateland" immerses the audience in the brutal, but beautiful vastness of East Texas blue skies and the emotional claustrophobia of the Bible belt. Enveloped by the brooding melodies and incendiary rock riffs of the early '80s, "Skateland" is a place where aging values wrestle with contemporary pop culture to create a paradoxical balance between old and new.