August 28 only
Produced and directed by the award winning San Francisco-based, independent media outlet, SeaLevelTV (Jeff Den Broeder and Beth O’Rourke), this is a short, biographical surf documentary film about skateboarding pioneer, Elissa Steamer. This program will include a line-up of surf/skate movies by female filmmakers featuring women, a Q+A panel and raffle prizes / pop-up shop.
Elissa Steamer is an American professional street skater who is acknowledged as the first woman to have attained professional street skating status in the history of skateboarding.
Whether it was brutal beatings from skate accidents or self-inflicted pain from drugs, alcohol, and domestic violence, the path was never smooth or easy for Steamer. But her undeniable talent, iron will and close knit posse of believers carried her to the relative state of grace where she resides today, standing more confident and purposeful than ever. Steamer credits surfing as the lever that helped her cast off the rusty chains of addiction, giving her the resolve to attack the lip, bomb the next hill or take her brand to the next level of prosperity. She openly accepts her status as an inherently flawed human and bravely celebrates the healing properties of baring her soul as a way to flourish in this crazy world.
For all her “firsts” and pioneering moments in the skateboarding world, Elissa Steamer is disarmingly humble and brutally honest, never sugarcoating anything — frequently landing on simple yet nuanced observations about flowing through life:
“I had no plan. I was like, pftt. I finished high school, just smoking pot and partying and skating and that’s all I did. But I mean, just from the feedback that people gave me, I was like, oh this is something I’m gonna do. And then I started getting free boards from people. Everybody that came around was like, oh you rip here have a board and that’s when I was like, yeah, I should probably keep skating. But I didn’t know I would make it like a life or a living or have the impact that I did doing it, you know? It was just like, what I enjoyed.”
Partners for the TIMELESS AREAS West Coast tour include, Skate Like a Girl, Gnarhunters, Reel Grrls, Skate Witches, and Mahfia.TV.
Directed by Jeff Den Broeder and Beth O’Rourke. 2018. 120 min. 2D Digital.
NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.