Sharing this documentary on the life of professional skateboarder, Joe Buffalo (Colonialism Skateboards) condensed heavily into a 15 minute video. Evoking much emotions through his narration of the past, the mental challenges and how he got through it all accompanied with intimate + beautifully captured visuals. Joe is also a co-founder of Nation Skate Youth, an Indigenous-led skate organization that aims to inspire Indigenous youth with their stories, sharing the mental health benefits of skateboarding and highlighting the importance of keeping the culture + traditions alive. He continues to inspire others through his stories and presence in the skate community today. Read his 2022 Thrasher Interview for more on Joe.
"Joe Buffalo is an Indigenous skateboarding living legend. He’s also a survivor of Canada’s notorious Indian Residential School system. Following a traumatic childhood and decades of addiction, Joe has faced his inner demons to realize his dream of turning pro. A short hybrid documentary executive produced by Tony Hawk and distributed by The New Yorker." Directed & edited by Amar Chebib
Writers - Joe Buffalo & Amar Chebib Producers - Hayley Morin, Mack Stannard, Amar Chebib Executive Producer - Tony Hawk & Mohammad Gorjestani Cinematographer - Liam Mitchell 1st AC - Solomon Chiniquay Sound Design & Mix - Matt Drake Post-Sound Mentee - Kaitlyn Redcrow Colourist - Sam Gilling
Production Company - Luminus Films In Association With - Even/Odd With the Participation of - The Canada Council for the Arts Distributed by The New Yorker
Support Joe by purchasing his pro deck at Colonialism Skateboards
Colonialism Skateboards is founded by skater and artist Michael Langan.
100% Indigenous owned. 100% Skater owned