While sitting in the office I get an email about the NYC  premiere of the Made in Venice movie.  Meeting Jesse and the director Jonathan Penson was a unique experience in itself as they turned out to be very passionate people who are focused and goal driven.

Jonathan used every skill set to get this amazing project of the ground and finished. He spent years dedicated to getting the right footage from the right people for the right reasons. He was able to put together a story that even a non skater can appreciate while staying true to a skaters point
of view. It’s not an easy task to pull off in the tightly knit world of skateboarding to interview the OGs. He was able to tell Jesse’s story while giving the audience an inside glimpse as to how passionate and driven skaters are.

Jesse Martinez takes the spotlight in the movie. The decisions and struggles of one man over three decades are revealed in such a way that you have no choice but to respect it. When I sat down with him for the interview I was overwhelmed at how humble he was for such a huge personality. He was true
to the game and had the same passion that a teenager would. He was more excited to have spent time with Rodney Smith and crew the night before rather than the all of the hype of the premiere. What blew me away was how he felt about the response of the community to the movie. His main concern
was to get the respect of the San Fransisco, Los Angeles and New York skate scenes. He wanted the respect of the streets where his peers had put in work just like he had. He certainly got our respect as he inspired us beyond belief.

The movie shows how difficult the struggle can get while following your passion and trying to do the right thing for your community. I don’t want to give away too much but i will never look at the skatepark in Venice the
same way again. This is as real as it gets.