“Made In Venice is a step by step manifesto for skate/civic activism. It is a remarkable documentation of hard working visionary individuals transforming society.” — C.R. Stecyk III

Made In Venice is directed and produced by Jonathan Penson and features the struggle of Venice locals to make the dream of a skatepark come true. The documentary captures the firsthand stories and recollections of 40-plus years of skateboarding in Venice that started with the Z-Boys, and continued with its legendary street skaters and the creation of the iconic Venice Skatepark.
Witness never-before-seen Super-8 & early video footage, along with rare monochromatic stills. The focus revolves around street skating pioneer & lifeblood of the Venice community Jesse Martinez and appearances by Christian Hosoi, Ger-I Lewis, C.R. Stecyk III, Skip Engblom, Jay Adams, Jeff Ho, Aaron Murray, Scott Oster, Cesario “Block” Montano, Tim Jackson, Ray Flores, Eddie Reategui, Eric Britton, Dave Duncan, David Hackett, Joey Tran, Pat Ngoho, Bart Saric, Dan Levy, Jamie Quaintance and more. 

If you have a chance, catch the special screening of MADE IN VENICE this Thursday eve, December 15 at the Art Theatre Long Beach California, including an extraordinary Q&A session and autograph signing. Dan Levy, Juice Magazine editor and skate photographer, has donated a previously unpublished photo of Jesse Martinez for this special occasion signing poster, in order to celebrate Jesse Martinez’s ongoing commitment to skateboarding and the Venice Skatepark.

“You should go see this movie if you’re trying to get a skatepark built in your town because it shows what a community can do when they really get together and work towards something they want that would also benefit the community as a whole, especially the kids. Isn’t that what it’s about?” — Eric “Tuma” Britton

photos by Dan Levy, Jon Penson, .. and from Juice Media + Dogtown