Skaterdater (1965)

It’s summer, which to me, used to mean I was free to waste hours upon hours at the skatepark. Those days have since passed, but to honor the tradition I present the classic short film Skaterdater. Shot on 16mm, it was released in 1965 as Noel Black’s first project after graduate film school at UCLA.

It’s a youthful cinematic romance without dialogue, shot on the backdrop of the California skate scene. It won nine international film awards (including the Golden Palm for best short film at Cannes) and in 1966 it was nominated for an Oscar. It really captures the spirit of the American skate culture at its genesis – and it’s the perfect film to watch while seeking some shelter from the July sun.

Written and directed by Noel Black and produced by Marshal Backlar. Scenes were shot in Cypress St., Lomita, Long Beach, Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes, and Torrance, California. Soundtrack composed by Mike Curb and Nick Venet with Davie Allan and the Arrows.


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