Post contributed by Lisa Crovo Dion, photos courtesy of We Are Blood.com
This heart-pumping, flinch-inducing documentary follows professional skateboarder Paul Rodriguez and a group of his skateboarding bros as they shred their way around the globe.
We Are Blood is a visceral, raw take of this Band of Brothers as they perfect their craft and travel to the best skateboarding spots in the United States and the world—from the streets of LA to a nail-biting scene atop of a skyscraper in Dubai.
While the tricks and skills showcased are simply mindblowing, and the camera work stunning, it’s the subtext of this fraternity of skater dudes and their devotion to their passion for skateboarding that resonated with me.
It also doesn’t hurt that Paul Rodriguez is super hot.
I would have liked to see director Ty Evans to go deeper into the stories of the skaters—a motley, multi-racial, multi-culti brotherhood. The bit on deaf skater Brandon White is both touching and inspirational.
The film, which takes viewers on a classic roadtrip across the U.S.—aboard a bus that the skaters bought, gutted, painted and made their own—with stops in San Francisco the Midwest and an off-the-grid skater commune in Vermont.
From there, the world. The skaters go global, pushing their limits in Spain, Brazil, China and Dubai.
Evans made a beautiful film that showcases the world in an extremely unique way—through the lens and the passion of a skateboarder.