Skateboarding's "Street Dreams" Begins Production
Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 by Rob
Production begins today on “Street Dreams”, a feature length film that follows story of a young skateboarder’s rise to stardom while facing the challenges of a sport that battles for legitimacy in mainstream society. Writers Rob Dyrdek, a professional skateboarder, and long time industry figure Nino Scalia provide an insider’s look into the commonly stereotyped skateboarding culture.
With a mission to create a film that resonates true to the skateboarding culture, Dyrdek has overseen all aspects of the film. Along with writing and starring in “Street Dreams” Dyrdek has chosen to finance and produce the film through his company Four Down Productions and work in association with Scissor Farm Entertainment. Scott Mellini and Chris Zamoscianyk of Scissor Farm Entertainment will produce and direct the film respectively. Dyrdek will serve behind the camera as executive producer.
“With ‘Street Dreams’ we set out to produce the first skateboard film that provides an accurate depiction of real street skating culture,” said Dyrdek. “For me this is bigger than just a movie, it’s the story of every street skater in world.”
The cast features a mixture of Hollywood’s familiar faces and skateboarding’s established stars. Yancey Arias (“Thief”, “C.S.I”, “The Shield”), C.C. Sheffield (“The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down”) and Adam Wylie (“Entourage“, “Joan of Arcadia”, “Malcolm in the Middle”) bring their talents to the screen. Appearing alongside these established Hollywood actors will be a cast of professional skateboarders for the action heavy film.
Playing the lead character of Derrick will be Paul Rodriquez, the 2-time X Games Street Champion, face of Nike’s skateboarding program and considered by many to be the greatest street skater ever. Joining Rodriquez will be Ryan Dunn (MTV’s “Homewrecker” “Viva La Bam” and “Jackass”), and Terry Kennedy, pro skateboarder for Pharrell William’s Ice Cream Shoes. Dyrdek stars opposite Rodriquez as the lead character’s rival. Skateboarding heavyweights Stevie Williams of Reebok’s DGK, seventeen-year-old skateboarding phenomenon Ryan Sheckler, and Baker Skateboards pro Jim Greco round out the cast.
During his fifteen plus years as a professional skateboarder Dyrdek has gained extensive time in front of the lens. He has appeared in numerous video parts, magazine covers and pages. Audiences can also catch Rob starring on MTV’s “Rob and Big Black” as the reality show follows his life with best friend and bodyguard, Christopher “Big Black” Boykin. The series is set to air on the popular network beginning in Fall 2006.
Filming on “Street Dreams” will take place in Los Angeles, CA, Tampa, FL, and Kettering, OH.