Documentary filmmakers Lori House and Colin Powers spent a year living in Meigs County and documenting the life of Skatopia owner Brewce Martin from 2005-06 and are hopeful the film will receive an invitation to SxSW. There are plans to submit the documentary to other independent film festivals as well with a hope of finding a distributor who might release the film this summer.
House said she and Powers had over 400 hours of footage they shot and 150 hours of archival footage to wade through to get the film down to under 100 minutes.
House describes the film as a “twist on the American Dream,” adding it’s no different than “Field of Dreams” conceptually except the concept may be “trickier.”
“We follow the very sincere pursuit of a guy trying to live his dream outside society and it shows him screwing up and succeeding,” House said.
As for Martin’s take on the film possibly getting a nod at SXSW, he said with enthusiasm: “It’s pretty ridiculous.”
However, Martin isn’t content to just talk about the film or Skatopia’s recent appearance in Rolling Stone, he wants to let everyone know about his new baby which is the new concert amphitheater on his Skatopia property.
“The structure’s up,” he said. “We’re getting ready to sheet the surface.”
Martin said the stage is 50 feet by 30 feet and plans on everything being portable (including lights and sound) to run off generators.
Martin believes this will stimulate the local economy and that he can “easily get 5,000 people in to watch a show.” His ultimate gig at the amphitheater (at least for now) is Slayer.
“It’s going to happen,” he said confidently about booking the show with the help of his corporate sponsors that use the Skatopia brand to sell merchandise.
In addition to the amphitheater, Skatopia’s 14th Annual Bowl Bash is set for June and Martin said he’s being courted by MTV and ESPN about projects involving Skatopia.
House said she had hoped to end her movie with Slayer coming to Skatopia to play a concert in Martin’s amphitheater but even though that hasn’t happened, yet, doesn’t mean it won’t. Just ask Martin.
For me information on the movie go to skatopiathemovie.com.