New York preem of “Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator” unspooled Monday night with a few missing elements.
Distrib Palm Pictures was forced to screen a video version of pic because the blackout meant the final print couldn’t arrive from San Francisco. Meanwhile, doc’s subject, Mark “Gator” Rogowski, was serving 31 years to life in Southern California.
Luckily, director Helen Stickler was on hand with her own comeback story. “First I dropped out, then I was kicked out, and now I’ve been invited back to show the movie in October,” said the Rhode Island School of Design alumna.
Party atmosphere at Plaid was maintained with a musical performance from the Fever and thesp Leo Fitzgerald spinning turntables. Also in attendance, former pro skaters John Hogan and Ken Park, Palm exec Ryan Werner, Brendan Sexton and Nelson George.