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DUMB: THE STORY OF BIG BROTHER MAGAZINE

Directed by Patrick O'Dell
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 79 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE DUMB: THE STORY OF BIG BROTHER MAGAZINE
At the beginning of the 1990s, the popular narrative held that skateboarding was in its death throes, just another fad on the wane after the boom of the 1980s. But all of that changed with the founding of the influential underground magazine Big Brother. An irreverent, boundary-pushing breath of fresh air that spoke to skaters and non-skaters alike, nothing was out of bounds for Big Brother- which covered music, stunts, and nudity with as much gusto as skateboarding.

Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine is a fast-paced and entertaining chronicle of the rise and fall of the cult magazine, whose taboo-breaking stunts and unapologetically crass humor spawned MTV’s Jackass and a generation of skaters. Featuring a trove of original footage and interviews with the magazine’s major players, including Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, Steve-O, and Tony Hawk, Dumb is a stylish celebration of the lowbrow legacy of this touchstone of 90’s counterculture.

—Jason Gutierrez
Documentary, First Time Filmmaker
About the Director(s)
Director Patrick O’Dell began as a skateboard photographer and ‘zine maker, eventually becoming a staff photographer for “Thrasher Magazine.” He is the creator and producer of Epicly Later’d, an ongoing series for VICE documenting the history of skateboarding.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Patrick O’Dell
  • Cinematographer:
    Trevar Cushing
  • Editor:
    Seth Casriel
  • Producer:
    Jeff Tremaine, Sean Cliver
  • Cast:
    Steve Rocco, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Tony Hawk, Chad Muska, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Dyrdek

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