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Brandi McClain in Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator

Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator

2002 R

Helen Stickler's brilliantly constructed documentary charts the rise of skateboarding culture in the 1980s, using the life of the era's most celebrated skater, Mark "Gator" Rogowski, as a focal point. A mix of jaw-dropping skateboarding footage, '80s nostalgia, music and interviews re-creates the era with great energy and feeling, while presenting an intimate character study of fame gone sour. Stoked premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.