Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures has picked up North American rights to skater documentary “Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator.”
Directed by Helen Stickler, doc explores 1980s skateboard culture through the rise and fall of pro-skater Mark “Gator” Rogowski, who went from pinup boy to inmate. After his career ended, Rogowski raped and killed a girl and is currently in prison serving 31 years to life.
Film features interviews with skate icons Tony Hawk and Stacy Peralta; latter helmed award-winning doc “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” which tracked the 1970s skate scene.
“Stoked” premiered at Sundance and will screen at upcoming Los Angeles and Seattle fests. Palm will release it theatrically this summer and follow with a DVD release early next year.
Deal was brokered by Palm execs David Koh, Ryan Werner and Mark Ragone with Irwin Rappaport for Helen Stickler.
Palm’s releases include Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster Cycle” and thriller “The Eye.”