ASK Foundation to premiere documentary highlighting its impact on Long Beach’s skate culture

"ASK Long Beach Documentary: Beyond the Board," which features skate legend Tony Hawk, will premiere June 20 at The Art Theatre.

ASK Foundation to premiere documentary highlighting its impact on Long Beach’s skate culture
Screenshot from the trailer for the documentary posted to social media by the ASK Foundation

The Action Sports Kids (ASK) Foundation — a Long Beach nonprofit that provides safe spaces for underprivileged youths to enjoy sports — will be premiering a new documentary this month highlighting local skaters, skate culture and the community that continues to make it all possible.

“If someone is considering supporting ASK Foundation and don’t know what it is or what the impact is, go to a skate park in Long Beach,” said professional skateboard legend Tony Hawk in a snippet of the documentary posted to the foundation’s Instagram Monday. “Go see how many kids are using it and how it is an eclectic group of people that are all enjoying, that are all cheering each other on.”

“There is no other sport like that.”

“ASK Long Beach Documentary: Beyond the Board” will premiere on Thursday, June 20, at The Art Theatre on Retro Row. Tickets are available for sale on Eventbrite, according to the ASK Foundation.

Purchase of a $15 ticket gives general admission access to the premiere of the film, which will begin around 6:30 p.m. A $30 ticket provides early VIP access that allows buyers to enter the venue earlier at 6 p.m. and sit in the first few rows.

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The event is for all ages, according to organizers. However, a 21+ afterparty will be hosted across the street at Alder & Sage following the premiere.

The ASK Foundation did not say whether Hawk would be attending the premiere.

Hawk has worked over the last few years with the ASK Foundation to bring new life to the once-dilapidated skate park in West Long Beach’s Silverado Park.

Skate parks, according to Founder and Executive Director of ASK, Mike Donelon, previously said, serve a purpose for public safety.

That was evident when the ASK Foundation helped bring a skate park to 14th Street Park more than a decade ago.

Within three years of opening the Michael K. Green Skate Park in 2014, violent crime in the area dropped nearly 30% and drug-related incidents dropped nearly 61%, Donelon said at the opening of the new skate park at Silverado Park in February.

The premiere will be hosted at the city’s last-standing independent theater, The Art Theatre (2025 E. Fourth St.) on Thursday, June 20. Tickets can be purchased here.

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