Cool movie alert: 'Day at the Pool'

05:00 AM, Apr 10, 2013

A still shot from 'Day at the Pool.' dayatthepoolthemovie.com/


Written By by Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

Even though I have zero skills on a skateboard, I spent much of my adolescence hanging around the skater crowd in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

Several documentaries have been released about pioneers of the culture, including the excellent Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) and the haunting 2002 film, Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator.

Some of the personalities featured in those flicks — Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta and Jay Adams, to name a few — figure in Day at the Pool, a short documentary that searches for the “true origins” of modern skateboarding. Through a series of interviews, former pros “reveal that one anonymous kid from the swimming-pool suburbs of L.A. may have been singularly responsible for the skateboarding revolution.”

The trailer makes me wanna see more. What is it the Z-Boys are hiding or reluctant to talk about? Who is this mysterious kid?

Note that this contains a couple F-bombs:

Day at the Pool had an award-winning run on the festival circuit and is now available on DVD, iTunes and Xbox. (According to the site, there are plans to make it available via Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and other platforms.) I’m adding it to my wish list. If you’ve enjoyed previous skateboarding docs (and/or the fantastic Lords of Dogtown), you may want to do the same.

For more info, head to www.dayatthepoolthemovie.com.