Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy

Categories: Documentary, Sports, Action
1hr 37min | 2012
Skatopia is an Appalachian farm where hardcore skating, punk rock and hillbilly culture collide. Mad-Max style demolition derbies and spontaneous car burning accompany all night skate sessions. Pain is a badge of honor. Tony Hawk calls Skatopia a 'rite of passage' for hardcore skaters.

Skatopia's owner, Brewce Martin, dreamed of a place where he could live and breathe skating- a place where people forget their "outside" lives by plunging into high-energy craziness. A continual work-in-progress, this rural farm is a mecca for skaters who want to live outside society's rules.

'Dictator Brewce', presides over the mayhem like a modern-day Jim Jones. But despite Skatopia's infamy, he scrambles non-stop to keep the farm solvent. Now 40, he's bent on creating a monument to freedom that will outlast him.

As filming begins in 2006, Brewce hatches a slew of plans to get out of debt and build crazy new skate terrain. His infectious optimism persists even as misfortunes pile on. But with an unexpected stay in jail, it looks as if the year?s great potential is lost. He returns to Skatopia bent on salvaging his income, his relationships and rest of the skating season.

The movie celebrates the freedom from everyday life that Skatopia offers, but it also takes a hard look at the flip side of Brewce's energy and charisma. No storybook hero, Brewce can switch from inspiring visionary to bullying cult-leader in seconds. But his fierce pursuit of his dream will inspire even those who have never touched a skateboard.

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Topics: Skateboarding, Rural, Extreme, Society, Debt, Inspiration, Skating, Extreme Sports
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Brian Skep
Brian Skep
September 15, 2014
Why is the first text that appears on screen 1) Totally off topic an d 2) Bent on Christianity? Well, I guess I can for the most part answer my own question here... it was probably filmed in America where it's 80% theist and 70% christian. Maybe even funded by some christian church. It's really annoying to click on a movie that has an interesting subject like skating only to see one of the biggest lies perpetrated in your face. Pretty big turn off there. If you don't agree maybe try doing some really extreme research on the subject of christianity. If you have any interest in the subject of christianity, be sure to make a long story pretty short and entertaining by checking the videos on my website: www.SkepticalViews.com/videos.php
Sergio Rubinato Filho
Sergio Rubinato Filho
June 24, 2014
A+
Billy Remulak
Billy Remulak
April 28, 2014
A+
Great show
juan goglia
juan goglia
January 13, 2014
B
Robert Le Vavasour
Robert Le Vavasour
January 11, 2014
I love the energy and lifestyle. if everyone at skatopia slowed the party down a little this place could easily support it self. And no ambulance on the scene come on
Hugh Stehlik
Hugh Stehlik
December 4, 2013
A-
In 1995 Brewce Martin and a group of friends bought a plot of land in rural Ohio and turned it into a Mecca for skateboarders, punk rockers and other assorted outcasts. Part hippy commune, part post-apocalyptic theme park, Skatopia is a fascinating and strange place and the perfect subject for this fly-on-the-wall style documentary. The film takes place over six months or so in 2006 as Brewce and his band of misfits prepare for their annual Bowl Bash party. Financial troubles, fracturing personal relationships and a possible prison sentence for assault form the backdrop for a broader story about how people live on the fringes of society. By casting off the rules and limitations most of us live with these men and women (mostly men) also cast off the comforts and securities most of us couldn’t live without. The film does a reasonably good job of presenting this lifestyle without bias, neither glorifying nor condemning Brewce for his choices. The film does tend to meander a little although given the subject matter this may be appropriate. Also some may find the climactic party scenes of alcohol fuelled anarchy set to punk rock overstay their welcome. However if you’re willing to go along for the ride this is a fun and fascinating look at a remarkable place and way of life.
Simon Vita
Simon Vita
November 12, 2013
A
gbx
gbx
September 19, 2013
B
Auremtz Auremtzinger
Auremtz Auremtzinger
September 14, 2013
A
Thomas Mace
Thomas Mace
September 9, 2013
A+