Stickler's "Gator" Skater Doc Set for Theaters and DVD
by Eugene Hernandez
Helen Stickler's skater doc "Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator" will hit theaters this summer after additional festival play next month. Palm Pictures has acquired North American rights to the movie and will release it theatrically ahead of a DVD release early next year. The film is a portrait of skater-turned-convicted-murderer Mark "Gator" Rogowski.
Stickler's doc, which screened as a midnight film at Sundance this year, tracks the rise of pretty boy Gator in the '80s, leading up to the murder that resulted in his being sentenced to prison for 31 years to life. The film will screen in June at the Los Angeles and Seattle Film Festivals. Among Stickler's previous work is the hit short film, "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" as well as Emmy-nominated projects for MTV.
"So many people contributed their hard work and talent to 'Stoked.' It's gratifying to know audiences will soon be able to see it on the big screen and on DVD," commented Helen Stickler in a prepared statement. "Palm Pictures has long been a champion of the film, and is the perfect home for it. I'm looking forward to working with them."
[DISCLOSURE: indieWIRE Managing Member and Co-Founder Karol Martesko-Fenster is part of the executive management team of Palm Pictures.]