Jay Ryan has created a rad new poster to help Skate or Die with their movie funding Kickstarter project. More than 70 gangs with some 68,000 members operate in the city of Chicago. Their toll on the the city is severe, carving parts of the South and West sides into practical war zones. As of this writing, there have been 246 homicides so far in 2012, many of the victims were kids and the vast majority were gang related. For youths trying to escape, the routes are clogged with violence. But a growing number have found in skateboarding a vehicle, literal and figurative, to escape the perils of gang life. Leo Castillo was one such youth.
“Skate or Die”, an overused catchphrase dating back to the origins of skate culture, strikes at a very real threat to kids like Leo. For them, it's literal.
While this film tells the story of one kid attempting to overcome incredible odds, it is also a film about a larger movement - the rise of inner-city skateboarding.
Once the province of West Coast surfers, followed by their admirers in suburbs around the country, skating has now gained a foothold in some of the world's most violent and impoverished neighborhoods.
The money raised will be used to hire an editor to take four years of footage, or well over 100 hours, and cut it down into an 80 minute draft of the final film. Any money we raise OVER our target will go towards finishing costs like color correction, music composition, and mastering.
Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with both this fundraising campaign as well as the film itself. And then pass it on to your friends and family to help them reach their goal.
For $100 you will get a signed DVD of the film, thanks in the end credits and website, AND a hand printed, signed and numbered, 18x24 SKATE OR DIE poster by renown Chicago poster artist Jay Ryan!!
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