Very few documentaries make a cultural splash like Stacy Peralta’s Dogtown and Z-Boys – the film that chronicled the birth of skateboard culture in Southern California and the Z-Boys skate team that started it all, of which Stacy was a part. The film is emotional storytelling at its best, wildly entertaining with a renegade visual elegance. It won at the Sundance Film Festival, racked up countless other awards, and turned up the heat on creative nonfiction style. Stacy’s follow-up, Riding Giants, about big wave surfing and the likes of Laird Hamilton, was another groundbreaking documentary and the first ever to be chosen as the opening night premiere at Sundance. Crips and Bloods: Made in America, explores the tangled history and relationships of gangs in Los Angeles. Though dealing with a hard issue, the film was another stylish work from Stacy and was also honored at Sundance, as was Stacy’s most recent documentary, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography. Picking up where Dogtown left off, Bones Brigade follows what was at the time Stacy’s handpicked family of extraordinarily talented kids including Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen who rode for the Powell-Peralta skate team. A team who would come to dominate professional skate for a generation and influence it for more.
Stacy reinterprets his stylistic approach to story telling in documentary commercials and films for advertisers including those for Budweiser, Burger King and stories for Holiday Inn – including an inspiring story of an athlete whose life was changed forever after an accident — and Mass Mutual Insurance — featuring same sex couples talking about the emotional impact of the Supreme Court’s decision that allowed their marriage.