Sk8 Life

Director: S. Wyeth Clarkson
Screenwriters: S. Wyeth Clarkson, Elan Mastai

Institute History

  • 2007 Sundance Film Festival


Longtime professional skater Kris Foley may have passed his prime, but you wouldn't know it from the amazing tricks he still lands. He has lived the dream of getting paid to spend his days on half-pipes, but his generosity with money has left him facing the possibility of losing his rundown house, where friends, family and anyone deemed worthy of living the Sk8 life have always been welcome. To pay the bills, he enlists the help of seven young and talented skaters to make the ultimate skateboarding video. Sounds easy enough, but rail grinds become a real grind when something that is supposed to be fun suddenly turns into a hard day's work.

S. Wyeth Clarkson's second feature film is an interesting blend of real-life drama, fictional storytelling, and seemingly impossible feats of skateboarding prowess that play out in the streets and empty backyard swimming pools of East Vancouver. With a style all its own, Sk8 Life weaves many different and varied elements together to create a cinema vérité that circumvents the boundaries between the worlds of fiction and nonfiction. And yes, the tricks are all real.

— Adam Montgomery

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