Gator Board Shop in Sebring, Florida is premiering its third full length video, Gator Done, on November 19th. In the meantime, peep the trailer here:
Filmed and Edited by Frank Branca
Well, after missing both of the premiers at The Bricks recently, I finally managed to see Josh Stewart’s latest film “Welcome to MIA”. It was no surprise to me that the film is an instant classic and is already a must have for every skateboarders’ collection. But, with the Cigar City, Rising, the Static series, F.O.R.E and Friends (filmed only), and Adio’s One Step Beyond in his repertoire, I have come to expect nothing less than raw brilliance from Stewart.
Josh Stewart is originally from Tampa and with videos such as the aforementioned Cigar City, Rising, and the Static series, he helped put Tampa on the skateboarding map. So, when longtime friends and MIA Skateshop co-owners Ed Selego and Chris Williams wanted to do a shop video and finally put Miami in its long deserved spot on the skateboarding map, Josh Stewart was definitely their guy. Stewart was in the middle of filming for Static IV (Yep, Static IV), but spent the majority of the last two years completing “Welcome to MIA”.
“Welcome to MIA” gets started with a full part from “Mr. Miami” himself, Joel Meinholz. I was so stoked to see a full length part from Joel, footage of him is so hard to come by. Joel’s skating is sick and his style is unique and refreshing! Ed Selego, Forrest Kirby, Danny Fuenzalida, Paul DeOliveira, Ben Gore, and Brian DeLatorre all came through with super-good full parts also. I hadn’t really seen a whole lot of footage of Brian DeLatorre before “Welcome to MIA”, and let me just say that, his skating blew my mind! Super-Fast, Super-Smooth…keep your eye on this dude…he killed it! “Welcome to MIA” also features montages of footage from guys like Jahmal Williams, Cody Lucas, Luis Perez, Rene Perez, Chris Williams, and the rest of the MIA family and friends network!
The skating is as raw and real and diverse as the lineup of skaters. The spots are also refreshing and new, with just the right amount of crustiness we are used to here in Florida. The top-notch, signature filming technique that has become Josh Stewart’s own, coupled with the creative soundtrack, puts the final touches on another masterpiece. Well done!
In the meantime, check out the trailer: