Nothing screams ‘80s quite like a roller skating rink filled with teens. Add in a seemingly formulaic teen angst/searching for what to do after high school plotline, and we have a familiar feel with Skateland and the first trailer that just hit. However, the mere mention of Ashley Greene (Twilight) might perk up some ears (or something else), and it has garnered a nomination for the Grand Jury prize at Sundance. Sometimes trailers don’t quite sell you on a good movie, so hit the jump for a plot synopsis and the full trailer to judge for yourself.
“Skateland explores the rupture of charismatic Ritchie Wheeler, brother and sister Brent and Michelle Burkham, and wise-cracking lady-killer Kenny Crawford’s seemingly complacent existence as they struggle with the collapse of their tumultuous home lives, the alcohol-induced idling of reckless adolescence, and the wane of their hometown hangout, the local roller rink.
A story syncopated with moments of violent turbulence, of heartbreak and of new beginnings, Skateland immerses the audience in the brutal, but beautiful vastness of East Texas blue skies and the emotional claustrophobia of the bible belt. Enveloped by the brooding melodies and incendiary rock riffs of the early 80’s, Skateland is a place where aging values wrestle with contemporary pop culture to create a paradoxical balance between old and new.”
Here’s the trailer. You can also watch Steve’s interview with Skateland filmmakers Brandon Freeman, Heath Freeman and Anthony Burns here.