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Project of the Day: Born to Skate

Project of the Day: Born to Skate

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Hicks on Sticks

Tweetable Logline:

In 1 car and 3 vans, towing 1 portable skateboard park, 4 skaters and 2 bands traveled 2800 kms to put on 8 shows in 11 days with no money.

Elevator Pitch:

In the summer of ’99, skateboarders were outlaws in small towns everywhere. This is when Ian Comishin decided to take his home grown skateboard company on tour. The idea was to bring skateboarding and music to kids in small towns, something they would usually only see in cities or in magazines. Ian put together a team of four professional skateboarders and two bands. Financial sponsorship fell through at the last minute, but they built a portable skateboard park out of donated materials and set out across Western Canada to do what they love – skateboarding, music, inspiration.

Production Team:

Director/Producer/Editor/Cinematographer: Soren Johnstone
Producer: Michael Babiarz

About the Production:

“In ’99, Soren Johnstone set out on the Hicks on Sticks tour to document the journey. It was a financial disaster, and friendships crumbled. The footage was almost forgotten. Over the past few years, Soren has interviewed everyone from the original tour. One of the skaters, Josh Evin, went on to a successful professional skateboarding career but was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident last year. Josh had shot hundreds of hours of interview footage, and this film was very important to him, and us. Hicks on Sticks is a soulful tale of chasing your dream, skateboarding, brotherhood, and passion. ” — Mike Babiarz

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