In 2006 the two of us moved to Meig’s County, Ohio, in the heart of reclaimed Appalachian coal hills to make a movie about a hillbilly, anarchist skateboading commune – Skatopia. We brought our two year old son and rented a farm house on 160 acres of former pot farm.  We grew to love the place, the people and the magnificent countryside – less so the black narco helicopters that buzzed the house. We traded off shooting, day and night for almost a year – over 400 hours of footage encompassing the wild and the really mundane.  As a result, this film shows a side of the place no one will see in just a brief visit. We think it is one of the most unflinchingly honest documentaries in skateboarding. Below is a clip describing some of the challenges of filming at Skatopia.
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But don’t take it from us… here’s what others are saying…

Completely even-handed… must be seen to be believed.


A must-see for the history of skating

– Rodney Smith, SHUT NYC

Skatopia lets you into the lives of these kids… you can see the passion, the enthusiasm, the pain, the craziness, and most of all, the dedication.

– Urban Extreme

Skaters have seen some of Skatopia’s craziness on Fuel TV, Viva la Bam, or Tony Hawk games. Our movie goes behind the mayhem to see what it takes to actually live out your very own, custom-made American Dream.

Skatopia is a grimy bubble of pure freedom; a skateboarder’s dream and end-of-the-world Thunderdome all at the same time.

– Film Threat

It’s the real shit out here… a bunch of fucking crazy hippie, fucking punker maniacs fucking just building shit… just going off… taking advantage of what they own. It’s what you learn how to skate for… it’s living.

– Dustin Dollin

For better or worse… Brewce Martin and the gang are keeping their dreams alive, on their terms. In many ways, its very existence is like the ultimate dare; they dare you to find out what being free really means.

– Film Threat


Skatopia gives visitors… a taste of the absolute freedom they think they want.

– Rolling Stone

The audience feels the dirt under their fingernails and the hedonistic freedom running through their veins.

– SBCC Film Reviews

An inspiring story of building an empire with your own rules.

– Denver Examiner


– Russell Banks, The Sweet Hereafter, Affliction

It’s just an adventure with a bunch of people who won’t say no.

– Chris Colette, Skatepark Builder

Like Bam Margera on acid.

– Urban Extreme



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