“Pushing through the darkness” is a short video project about skateboarding in the city night.
Practicing skateboarding during the daylight hours is the normal routine for skateboarders: they meet at the skatepark to chill with the friends and to play game of S.K.A.T.E. match or to try to learn new tricks. Especially during the summer, when the days are hotter and longer and just try to do a kick flip makes you sweat, discovering the city night with your best friends is the best thing to do as a skateboarder. Night session can be the best option to skate with a cooler temperature, with less traffic, and to access some skate spots that are off limits during the day. When the sunsets and the night falls over the streets, skateboarders begin their night life. Sharing passions and challenges practicing skateboarding can become something special, something rare and unforgettable. Approaching a night session as a skateboarder is different from a normal daytime session: there are many difficulties in practicing during nightime and darkness obviously being the main one.
Trying to focus on a trick is harder, solving the problems on the in run, on the landing or on the sketchy flat, and generally navigating the spot are more difficult. For all these reasons concentration, determination and perseverance must be at their highest during a night session. This is what makes a simple grind down a rail or a tech line on a street curb special, intense and amazing.
This project lays between the action-sports video and the documentary genres. Focusing on the emotions and the intense relationship between skateboarders and the streets of their cities, “Pushing through the darkness” gives a bright vision of skateboarding in the city night.
Directed by: Silvio Ottonello
Filmed by: Silvio Ottonello, Marco Vagli
Produced by: DLQ creative factory
Skaters: Carlo Aldiano, Massimo Angeletti, Mattia Boetti, Mauro Barros ,Alex Cageggi, Jacopo Carozzi, Fabio Core, Ence, Alessandro Fati, Francesco Ferro, Massimiliano Manneschi, Matis Meloni, Stefano Ognibene, Edo Paris, Angel Perez, Samuele Puddu, Roberto Sacchetti, Andrea Valle
Location: Street spots in Liguria (Italy)