Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story

Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story

Available on iTunes
In PRETENDING I'M A SUPERMAN: THE TONY HAWK VIDEO GAME STORY, Tony Hawk, pro skaters, and game designers discuss the history and impact of the popular and iconic turn-of-the-century game franchise. The documentary provides the necessary context by showing the growth and development of skateboarding culture since the 1970s, its ups and downs, and how Tony Hawk Pro Skater (and its many sequels) was intended to be a reflection of that culture. Tony Hawk, a marketable and accessible representative of this culture in light of his appearances on ESPN's X-Games, worked with the video game designers as well as other professional skateboarders to create a video game that could be enjoyed by nonskaters while also remaining true to the ethos and sensibility of skateboarding culture. Contemporary pro skaters reflect on how Tony Hawk Pro Skater inspired them to put down the controller and learn how to ride a skateboard in the real world as Hawk and everyone involved discuss the lasting impact the franchise has had on skating and video games.
Starring Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Chad Muska
Director Ludvig Gür