Sony Classics goes to ‘Dogtown’

Co. nabs distrib rights to '70s skateboarding docu

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired skateboarding docu “Dogtown and Z-Boys” for distribution in North American and English-speaking territories. Financials of the deal were not disclosed.

Helmed by skater great Stacy Peralta and narrated by Sean Penn, pic chronicles the rise and fall of the 1970s Southern California skate scene by profiling the Zephyr Team (Z-Boys) in “Dogtown,” a seedy stretch of oceanfront in West L.A. To tell its story, pic relies on latter-day interviews, archival footage and still pics.

Shoe and apparel company Vans funded the film, which won both the 2001 Sundance Film Festival’s audience and best director awards (shared with “Scout’s Honor”) in the docu category.

“We are truly excited to be working with industry pros like Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcie Bloom in marketing and releasing this film,” said Gary H. Schoenfeld, prexy and CEO at Vans. “The Sony Classics team has a great track record of connecting a film with an audience, as evidenced by their success with ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.’ ”

“Dogtown and Z-Boys” was written by Peralta and Craig Stecyk. A Vans Off the Wall production, it was produced by Agi Orsi and exec produced by Jay Wilson. The Endeavor Agency repped Vans in the deal.