"Put your ego and needs aside, and surrender to the story. Dive into it and explore. Surrender yourself to the people you're talking to. Devote your full attention to them so they feel really comfortable and know you're listening to them, so they'll know through your interest there's no reason to be nervous about a camera pointed at them."
"The conversation becomes candid, real and authentic. You're not just making the film as a director. You're making it as a person."
"Stacy is a legend. Skateboarders, surfers, filmmakers, and entrepreneurs idolize him. As a kid he invented a style of skateboarding that is still marveled at today. And as a filmmaker he singlehandedly created a genre of documentary filmmaking. So one feels a sense of awe and deference upon meeting him but working with Stacy feels like hanging out with your favorite brother."
- Sloane Klevin, Editor/Partner - Union Editorial
Dogtown and Z-Boys.
The story of accidental revolutionaries; gifted kids who inadvertently changed the world by doing what came naturally. It is also a unique documentary event: a ground-level, eyewitness account of the birth of an organic American pop culture phenomenon.
- Time Out
"Few sports films catch their time, place and sport so well."
- Chicago Tribune
A monster wave provides an opportunity for what the movie portentously calls "the most significant ride in surfing history".
The surfers are obsessive, chasing the biggest waves with single-minded determination. Peralta's images testify to the physical battering surfers undergo, and the onscreen participants pay tribute to brethren who lost their lives. Stacy's film marks the first doc selected as the opening night feature for Sundance.
"Before seeing Riding Giants, my ideas about surfing were formed by the Gidget movies, Endless Summer, the Beach Boys, Elvis and lots of TV commercials. ... Riding Giants is about altogether another reality."
- Roger Ebert
Crips and Bloods: Made In America.
With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, Stacy's gripping documentary examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence in South Central Los Angeles.
"A doc with the thrust of entertainment, but the content of a thoughtfully researched book."
"With Crips and Bloods: Made in America, Stacy Peralta manages to put a human face on a subject that tends to inspire inflamed debate."
- New York Times
Director. Writer. Producer.
The director of seminal documentaries Dog Town and Z Boys and Riding Giants, Peralta has also long been considered one of the founding fathers of modern skateboarding. One of the first professional skateboarders to break through into popular culture has gone on to become equal parts skater, entrepreneur, writer, producer and filmmaker. After a brief, but profoundly influential skateboarding career, he co-founded skateboarding company POWELL-PERALTA. It was during his tenure here that they not only became the industry leader in decks, urethane wheels, graphics, advertising, but they also formed the indefatigable skateboard team The Bones Brigade, which launched the careers of not only Tony Hawk, but half dozen more world skateboard champions. Peralta’s first foray into filmmaking, The Bones Brigade Video Show pioneered an entirely new genre - action sports videos.
His first feature documentary, the autobiographical Dog Town and Z Boys catapulted and cemented his place as consummate filmmaker - the film premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, garnering him both the Best Director Award and the Audience Award. Peralta went on to write his first narrative feature The Lords of Dogtown starring the late Heath Ledger, and has since brought an additional three feature documentaries to Sundance, of which, Riding Giants was the first ever documentary chosen as the festival’s opening night film. Stacy has the ability to not only tell heartfelt, honest stories, but his films introduce us to vibrant subcultures, celebrating the most remarkable characters, which prior to his films were just outside of view.