Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater documentary premieres next week

A documentary about the beloved Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series of video games, made by a former producer of the franchise, will premiere next week at the Mammoth Film Festival in California.

Pretending I’m a Superman is the film’s title, taking that name from Goldfinger’s “Superman,” a memorable track from the first game’s soundtrack. Ralph D’Amato, a Neversoft producer on the first game through 2006’s Tony Hawk’s Project 8, teamed up with Swedish filmmaker Ludvig Gür to create the documentary. It premieres on Feb. 29 at Mammoth Lakes.

“Pretending I’m a Superman” is a new documentary about the THPS series, made by a former producer of the game. First screening will be at @mammothfilmfestival on Feb 29 and I’ll be there with Rodney Mullen and the filmmakers for a panel discussion afterwards. Join us there and/or at the afterparty with @thedownhilljam playing hits from THPS at @mammothrocknbowl. Tickets / info: @thpsfilm or

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The film was first announced back in August; it began as an unsuccessful Indiegogo campaign in 2017. Mic reported on Wednesday that Pretending I’m a Superman ended up getting independent financing. Mic said the film “tracks how the broader skateboarding industry was in a perilous place in the early 90s,” and that the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games were a big part of mainstreaming the sport and lifestyle.

The documentary features extensive interviews with Hawk and fellow skateboarding pioneers Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, and Chad Muska, all of whom co-starred in several versions of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series. Hawk and Mullen will join the fillmmakers for a panel discussion after the screening.
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