Dueces: Made in America

Dueces: Made in America

A life spent pursuing creative outlets and even avenues to recall these endeavors seems like the most rewarding way in which to live.

Stacy Peralta seems to have figured out how only to work with what he loves. He’s a lucky dude.

Beginning a professional skateboarding career during his formative years, Peralta eventually became one of the most important and influential people riding a deck. And when his interests shifted oh so slightly, he got behind a camera in order to capture images of skaters – like Tony Hawk.

Peralta’s love of everything from his neck of the woods - L.A. – eventually led to the award wining, full length documentary Dogtown and Z Boys. With that film racking up accolades, viewers and admirers, Peralta sought a new topic, a broader topic more enticing to a wider audience.

He found it.

Being born in the mid ‘50s, Peralta watched a great deal of the industrial info structure of L.A. disappear, taking jobs with it. Suddenly, unskilled laborers were left with out employment. Of course linking that to the rise of gangs and violence will meet with its detractors, but probably not too many. It’s a hard argument to prove and perhaps that’s why Peralta chooses to focus on a slightly different aspect of culture.

The new Bloods and Crips: Made in America finds Peralta not so much examining the run up to solidifying neighborhood gangs so much as the cultural effects of that life style, how it affects people, their families and the surrounding areas. Narrated by Forrest Whittaker and featuring interviews with Jim Brown, Peralta seeks to get authentic interviews with gang land travelers. And it seems that frequently he succeeds.

Currently, Bloods and Crips finds itself at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. But after presumably taking home an award of some variety, a wide distribution has been planed. Considering the success, monetarily as well as from an artistic point of view, found with Dogtown, this new feature will most likely do brisk business as well.

It seems auspicious for Bloods and Crips to be making news around the time that Notorious hits theaters. While the two are not exactly inextricable, there most likely will be some viewer overlap. But that’s probably good for both flicks.