Very few documentaries make a cultural splash like Stacy Peralta’s Dogtown and Z-Boys. Chronicling the birth of skateboard culture in Southern California and the Z-Boys skate team that started it all. The film is emotional storytelling at its best, wildly entertaining with a renegade visual elegance. It won Sundance and countless other awards, and turned up the heat on creative nonfiction style. Stacy’s follow-up, Riding Giants, about big wave surfing, was another groundbreaking documentary and the first ever to be chosen as the opening night premiere at Sundance. Crips and Bloods: Made in America, about the tangled history and relationships of gangs in Los Angeles, was also honored at the festival, as was Stacy’s most recent documentary, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography. Picking up where Dogtown left off, Bones Brigade follows Stacy's handpicked family of extraordinary kids including Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen who would dominate professional skate for a generation.
Working on spots and commercial content that range—like his documentaries—from the edgy to the sublime, Stacy brings a unique vision and style to advertising. He has directed projects for Bank of America, Budweiser, Burger King, Carhartt, Fat Tire Ale, Ford, Holiday Inn, John Deere, Pepsi, and Toyota, among others.