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STOKED: THE RISE AND FALL OF GATOR

USA, 2003 (MIFF 2003, Documentaries)

Director: Helen Stickler

Stoked is a phenomenal skating history with a rockin' soundtrack featuring music from a bunch of 80s hardcore acts such as Black Flag and Butthole Surfers, outrageous interviews with every major skater of the past two decades and killer action footage. Director Helen Stickler has gone one step further by weaving all this into the stranger than fiction story of Mark 'Gator' Rogowski, at one time the most famous skater on the planet.

Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi were there to witness Gator's' rise alongside the burgeoning popularity of skating. Gators fall was just as swift: fame, alcohol and murder saw him wind up in a Californian prison where he will most likely spend the rest of his life.

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