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Spike Jonze' skateboarding film, 'Pretty Sweet' to air Friday downtown

Dec. 13, 2012 @ 01:11 PM

HUNTINGTON — Spike Jonze is probably best known of late for directing the cinematic Maurice Sendek-fueled rumpus “Where The Wild Things Are.”

  His next film, “Pretty Sweet” could be titled where the even wilder things are.

 Jonze, who has in years past co-directed two other jaw-dropping skateboarding videos, has teamed up again with Ty Evans and Cory Weincheque for the mind-blowing “Pretty Sweet” that features more than 30 world-class skaters with Girl and Chocolate skateboards flying high, risking life and limb, and battling it out with mind-blowing street skating stunts.

Just weeks after it premiered at the historic Orpheum Theater in L.A., the much-anticipated skateboarding movie will have a free screening at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at the Redemption Church (the old Cinema Theater), 1021 4th Ave., Huntington. The screening is sponsored by Prophet’s Skateshop.
 The film by the directors of such other skateboarding films as “Mouse,” “Yeah Right,” and “Fully Flared,” also features cameos by Lil’ Wayne, Will Arnett and Jack Black.

 Chris Lusher, a skateboarder and director of the Appalachian Film Festival, said well known Huntington skateboarder Blair Burns wanted to bring the film here and got with Patrick Stanley, who attends Redemption to see if they could screen the film at the old movie house that was for decades Cinema Theater.

Lusher, who as director of the Appy Film Fest, helped reel in such award-winning edge film as the Oscar winning “Winter’s Bone,” and Harmony Korine’s “Trashhumpers,” said they’re excited to be able to screen what many are calling one of the greatest skateboarding movies ever.

“Any time you involve someone like Spike Jonze in the production you know you’re going to end up with something special,” Lusher said. “It really transcends skateboarding. I’ve had a lot of friends over who have seen the trailer who don’t have much interest in skateboarding but after watching it they are blown away by the skateboarding, the originality, and the cinematography. It’s such a progressive step forward.”

 Lusher, who is prepping now for the Appy Film Fest, set for April 13-14, said as a fan of indie film, he’s really stoked to keep great cinema coming to Huntington. In fact, this indie film has just had one-time screenings in some of the world’s largest cities including Paris, Sydney, Tokyo and Taipei.

“It’s all about bringing something exciting to town and bringing in something different,” Lusher said. “It’s important to me that people are consistently trying to provide venues of growth in this town.”

 You can watch the trail by clicking onto this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lW007wAD5k