The Blackboard


SAT | ORIGINS | JUNE 18TH | 6PM-10PM

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The BlackBoard – Teaser Trailer from Marquis Bradshaw on Vimeo.

SUBMITTED BY
Marquis Bradshaw

About The Black Board Film:

The “Blackboard” documentary film was produced and directed by attorney/indie filmmaker Marquis Bradshaw. The film aims to challenge what it means to be black in America by examining the “issue of acceptance” within the black community through the lens of skateboarding culture.

The Blackboard stars prominent black pro skaters Jabari Pendleton, Karl Watson and Ron Allen (one of the first black pro skaters to receive major corporate sponsorship).

As it relates to pop culture, skateboarding amongst black people has only in recent years become socially acceptable, beginning with artists such as Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell Williams.

Since the Blackboard Film released its trailer on February 16th 2016, it has received nation-wide media recognition from the following prominent news outlets:

EBONY MAGAZINE

AFROPUNK

The Ride Channel

OK PLAYER                                   

Join us Saturday June 18th, 2016 at Origin Night Club in San Francisco’s vibrant Fillmore district for the World Premier and screening event from 6pm-10pm.Meet filmmaker Marquis Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Black Film Festival Kali O’Ray and skaters featured in the film. Stay for drink specials and prize raffles from participating sponsors FTC Skateboarding and Diamond Supply Co.

In conjunction with the film a free skateboard themed art show will take place within short walking distance at LOCATION, curated by Western Edition Skateboard Company’s Ian Johnson. We encourage you to come and activate the streets of the Fillmore District in honor of The BlackBoard Film!

  • The Black Board Film World Premiere:
  • Date: June 18th, 2016
  • Time: 6pm-10pm – Film screens at 8pm!
  • Location: Origin Night Club
  • 1538 Fillmore Street at O’Farrell             

About Marquis Bradshaw:

Marquis Bradshaw is an attorney, b-boy/rocker, musician, former skater and indie filmmaker. His previous film experience includes working as a freelance videographer for Zoom Culture on TV shows, like “Hip Hop Nation” on NBC and “Playground Earth” on Fox Sports International in the early 2000’s.

Marquis is currently working as a Co-Director of Photography on Halline Overby’s upcoming documentary, “The Roy Ayers Project.”  Marquis currently practices law full-time and manages a public defender’s office in North Dakota.

Marquis grew up in Germany, upstate New York, and North Carolina. Growing up as a black skater was extremely difficult for Marquis. He was constantly made fun of and criticized by his peers within the black community because he skated. He was often called a “sellout” and a “white boy.” This made him ashamed to publicly embrace skate culture and self identify as a “skater.” He eventually gave up extreme sports to focus on his passion for music, break-dancing and furthering his education.

Marquis attended college in North Carolina and taught in the public school system. He moved to Detroit for law school and was inspired to create The Blackboard film after noticing a significant growth in the population of black skaters on the streets, skate parks, and observing these skaters displaying a strong sense of pride in their public embrace of skateboarding.

This growth astonished him because in years past there weren’t many black skaters. Marquis vividly remembers a time when black skaters were rare and skating was not seen as a socially acceptable outlet for blacks to plug into. Marquis felt compelled to explore this social/cultural revolution/phenomenon and document it through film.

In doing so, Marquis connected with skaters all across the country and traveled to their locales to film them on their turf/in their hometowns (Marquis traveled to Atlanta, NC, Detroit, NY, CA to film for the documentary).  Marquis moved to the Bay Area in 2012, where he filmed a large portion of the documentary.

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