Today we find more families torn apart and children looking for parents they have never met or parents they knew and somehow lost along the way. Skipstone Pictures screened their newest film Hardflip at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood.
Hardflip is a heart wrenching film about a single mother, Bethany Jones, (Rosanna Arquette) trying desperately to keep a relationship with her son Caleb (Randy Wayne) that is facing many of today’s young adult problems. Bethany does this while battling with an illness and financial hardship. Caleb’s biggest and most frustrating problem is understanding his mother and what she is going through on a personal level. After Caleb loses his mother to a brain hemorrhage, he has to face loss and the hatred that he has for his father Jack, (John Schneider) which has never been there for him or his mom. This film will touch everyone in a different way. Geared more for the family, but with a sport’s spin to grab the attention of today’s youth.
Hardflip touches on some of the more sensitive issues that teens face in today’s society such as drugs, and rebellion. We find Matthew Ziff, one of Hollywood’s top celebrities under 25, playing Jerry the younger brother of the Antagonist, Ryder, played by Jason Dundas of Australia. Hardflip brings in some of the top skateboarders from around the world. Christian Hosoi, and Brian Sumner give an amazing performance and show us some tricks that they had never even attempted before this film.
We spoke to Johnny Remo and Daniel Backman the writers of Hardflip and asked them a few questions about their amazing film.
Q. When you wrote this film was it based on anything in your personal life?
A. Daniel - No, it was just based loosely on an idea that Johnny already had.
Johnny – a great single mom raised me.
Q. What made you bring the skateboarding into the mix?
A. Johnny grew up around skateboarding so it was just a natural thing to do.
Q. When you cast John Schneider and Rosanna Arquette,
what was about them that made you say, “Yes, I want them?”
A. Johnny – John does a lot of Faith based films and has a huge following. Rosanna for the opposite reason and hopefully so she would draw in the secular crowd.
Q. What target audience are you hoping to grab the most sales from?
A. Hopefully 17 – 25 for the skating and 40 and over for the parents dealing with a rebellious teenager.
Q. What kind of marketing are you planning for the film? Theater release, or DVD?
A. We are slated for a March theatrical release with a DVD to follow.
When we spoke with John Schneider, see attached video, we asked him if playing a bitter, un-interested father was a difficult role for him, since he is usually cast as such a good guy and great father? He laughed and said “NO, we all make stupid mistakes in our lives that we wish we could take back but cant, so hopefully we learn from those things.”
If you are looking for a great family film with a spiritual message, then be sure to take your family to see Hardflip, in theaters in March of 2012.
Production Company – Skipstone Pictures
Distribution – Digital Filmz International
Produced and Directed – Johnny Remo
Written by – Daniel Backman and Johnny Remo
Co-Produced by - Daniel Backman