'Stoked: The Rise & Fall of Gator'
'STOKED: THE RISE AND FALL OF GATOR' is the feature-length documentary about Mark "Gator" Rogowski, one of the 80s most celebrated professional skateboarders, now serving 31 years to life in prison.
'STOKED' follows skateboarding’s phenomenal growth in the 80s, when local skatepark heroes were transformed into international superstars. As part of an elite crew of top professional skateboarders, Gator held rank with skate legends Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero and Lance Mountain. In 'STOKED', these and other skateboarding icons recall skating's biggest decade and Gator's spontaneous style, charisma, and outrageous antics.
Gator's popularity in the “vertical ramp” skating circuit brought rapid wealth, travel, respect and international media attention, but the end of the decade found him with personal and career troubles. As styles in skating shifted and his fame began to wane, Gator tried unsuccessfully to reinvent himself with a name change, religious conversion, and a split from his longtime girlfriend. No one knew how unbalanced Gator was until the spring of 1991, when at the age of 24 he confessed to a shocking, violent crime.
'STOKED' chronicles Gator’s scrappy punk origins, rise to wealth and international notoriety, fall from grace, and the dramatic underlying factors that eventually led to tragedy. 'STOKED' documents skating’s boom and bust from the 80s to 90s, with a look at the mechanism of fame and its darker consequences as experienced by one man and, by extension, an entire youth culture. 'Stoked' hit selected cities on August 15, 2003 and will expand to other cities at later dates.
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Stoked Movie Clip - Windows Media
Stoked Movie Clip - Real Player