“Bootleg,” the latest piece of cinematic stimuli from Kookboxx Films and director George Trimm, premiered recently to a standing-room-only crowd at the new Handplant skate shop in Laguna Beach, California.
Shot almost entirely on Super 8mm and Super 16mm film, Trimm’s choice of analog over digital, choppy edits, and kitschy, ironic art direction gives the movie a sense of Gonzo Filmmaking.
As evidenced by the movie’s tongue-in-cheek humor, he’s a young filmmaker who clearly takes his craft, but not himself, too seriously.
And while Joel Tudor may be the centerpiece of the film, Trimm has included a long list of top-shelf, contemporary longboarders like Harrison Roach, Tyler “Pickle” Warren, Ryan Burch, Kameron Brown, and Alex Knost.
Filmed mostly in California and Baja, highlights include Tudor dominating good-sized Big Rock on a yellow pintail, Burch’s tip riding at Cardiff Reef, and Roach putting his ’80s Thruster through its paces at pumping Scorpion Bay.
Burch, Roach, and Warren’s performances do little to hinder their status as surfing Renaissance Men, their skills on a wide variety of shapes and sizes prove that they’re much more than just post-modern log riders. Not that there aren’t plenty of stylish lines and little piggys hanging over to keep traditionalists happy.
Check out the trailer below: