How do you capture the true essence of a skateboarding legend who brought us the MegaRamp, pulled a 360 over the Great Wall of China, launched into a vert ramp from a helicopter, or dropped from the Hard Rock Hotel Guitar 82-feet above the Vegas Strip? Not sure, but we’ll get our chance to find out how director Jacob Rosenberg portrays Danny Way in the new feature-length documentary “Waiting for Lightning.” The highly anticipated film about the life of pioneering skateboarder Danny Way will make its debut at the SWSW Film and music fest in March.
Rosenberg and his team at Bandito Brothers have been hard at work on the biopic of Way’s 20-year skate career and they recently released a preview of what fans can expect to see.
Rosenberg dropped out of high school to learn filmmaking from Plan B co-founder, the late Mike Ternasky, on landmark 1990s skate films such as “Questionable,” “Virtual Reality” and “Second Hand Smoke,” which featured a young Way. “His story allows us to tell a larger story about skateboarding,” said Rosenberg in a release from Bandito Brothers.
The new documentary will have plenty of early teenage photos, video and audio of Way along with more recent footage and interviews from him and other legends like Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Travis Pastrana, Mat Hoffman, Ken Block and Rob Dyrdek.
In addition to the trailer for the film, they released a 2 1/2 minute edit with no skateboarding footage instead a cast of Way’s most influential people in his life attempting to describe Way in one word.