LORDS OF DOGTOWN tells the radical true story behind three teenage surfers from Venice Beach, California, who took skateboarding to the extreme and changed the world of sports forever. Stacy Peralta (John Robinson, Elephant), Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk, Raising Victor Vargas) and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch, The Girl Next Door) are the Z-Boys, a bunch of nobodies until they create a new style of skateboarding that becomes a worldwide phenomenon. But when their hobby becomes a business, the success shreds their friendship. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (thirteen) and written by Stacy Peralta, Lords of Dogtown is “…a dazzling daredevil ride.” (Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE)
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Choosing material that is thought-provoking and controversial, Catherine Hardwicke’s films have helped to redefine popular culture, showcase notable figures from the past, and raise light on important social issues. At the helm, Hardwicke’s passion for storytelling and attention to detail help create films rich in visual texture and narrative depth.
Hardwicke’s most recent film, Miss You Already, available on DVD in March, is an intimate look at the lives of two dynamic best friends and their families as they go through very challenging times. Starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper and Jacqueline Bisset, Miss You Already premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. Also in 2015, Hardwicke directed the video for the Oscar nominated song by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren: “Til It Happens to You.” The video highlights the rape crisis on college campuses as exposed in the documentary “The Hunting Ground.”
Hardwicke’s first film as a director was the critically-acclaimed Thirteen, which garnered numerous awards and nominations including the Director’s Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, Golden Globe nominations for Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Holly Hunter and an Independent Spirit Award for Nikki Reed.
She has since become best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, The Twilight Saga and earned nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office . Her book, The Twilight Director’s Notebook, was an international best seller, translated into 20 languages. Other credits include Red Riding Hood, Lords of Dogtown, The Nativity Story, Plush, and PSA’s for the National Women’s History Museum and We the Economy.
Hardwicke has recently ventured into television, directing episodes of HELL ON WHEELS, LOW WINTER SUN and the pilot of RECKLESS. She is currently in development on her original series idea, Starchitects, at USA.
Hardwicke previously worked as a production designer on films directed by Richard Linklater, David O. Russell, Cameron Crowe, Lisa Cholodenko, and Costa Gavras. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from UT Austin, and did graduate work in animation at UCLA Film School. She frequently works as a mentor at labs for the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, and the Ghetto Film School.