Industry News 6/1/2009

Dyrdek Showcases Reality of Street Skating & Police Brutality in Street Dreams

Dyrdek Showcases Reality of Street Skating & Police Brutality in Street Dreams

From the studio that introduced the critically-acclaimed Bra Boys in 2008, Berkela Motion Pictures will soon release their skateboarding film, Street Dreams, in select US theatres on June 12, following its June 8 Los Angeles Premiere.  Street Dreams will prove to be an instant cult classic showcasing skateboarders and their tireless struggles with disapproving parents, harsh police tactics, and the hope of getting a sponsor and going pro.  Pro skateboarder and television personality Rob Dyrdek makes his writing, producing, financing, and starring debut in the film which showcases some of the world’s greatest skateboarders. The story for Street Dreams is a writing collaboration between Dyrdek and Nino Scalia, his longtime friend and skateboarding industry insider.  Paul Rodriguez, Ryan Sheckler, and Terry Kennedy also star in this one and only skateboarding film told by skateboarders to show mainstream audiences the reality of the street skateboarding community.  Christopher "Thes One" Portugal created most of the Street Dreams original score.  Hip hop impresario Pharrell created the film’s anthem “Hoppin’ Over Fences” as well as provided N.E.R.D. tracks for the movie.  Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park also scored a section of the film. 

This film takes place where the skateboarding culture is most foreign, the Midwest.  Like all skaters, Derrick Cabrera dreams of being sponsored and one day going pro.  He is an up-and-coming skater with all the talent, but he has the world against him.  His parents and classmates cannot understand how Derrick has so much passion for something that has no future in their eyes.  He is only accepted in his skater crew of friends, but as he gets better and better, some of those friends become his biggest rivals.  After getting arrested and facing ultimatums with his father and girlfriend, he runs away with his skateboarding crew to Florida for a big skateboarding contest that will change his life.  A street skateboarder’s constant battles are showcased through Derrick Cabrera’s character and the film’s amusing yet serious plotline.   

With the attention Street Dreams is sure to garner, Rob Dyrdek hopes to continue to gain momentum for a true skateboarding movement that will open the door for serious social issues to be investigated and rectified.  There are over 10 million self-identified street skateboarders in the US alone, and the majority is actively seeking natural obstacles found in urban public environments, which is illegal and sometimes harshly enforced.  Until now, authorities have chosen to ignore police brutality toward skateboarders—there are even prevalent videos online showing young male and even shockingly female skateboarders getting beaten by cops caught on tape.  Tired of skateboarders being treated as nuisances by public authorities, Dyrdek has taken it upon himself to change how the world sees the sport.  After great struggle, Dyrdek was recently able to get through to the City of Los Angeles, and he even rode the world’s largest skateboard through L.A. with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who now supports Dyrdek and his efforts.  In February 2009, Dyrdek created and launched Safe Spot Skate Spot through his foundation and in conjunction with the city of Los Angeles.  The new skateboarding haven gives street skateboarders a safe and legal area to skate in a park’s natural landscape complete with the desired elements such as park benches and rails.  The Safe Spot Skate Spot Program will help cities meet needs of skateboarders, and interference with traffic, residents, and businesses can be eliminated. 

“Street Dreams is a continuation of our renegade movement.  It is important for the mainstream audience to be aware of the issues and obstacles street skateboarders face today,” says Jason Bergh, Executive Producer at Berkela Motion Pictures.  “Berkela’s mission is to raise awareness and bring these types of stories to life as we did with Bra Boys.”  Sal Masekela, Executive Producer at Berkela Motion Pictures states, “With Street Dreams, Rob Dyrdek finally gives us a story of modern day skateboarding culture that doesn't make a mockery of this unique, collective passion celebrated by kids across America.”  “I have so much respect for Rob, and I know that everyone at Berkela is proud to be a part of his ongoing mission to bring the realities of street skating to a mainstream audience,” adds David Katzenberg, Development Executive at Berkela Motion Pictures.

The full-length film will be released in select theaters on the west coast on June 12, 2009 and the east coast on June 19th.  For more information on Street Dreams, please visit

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