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Park City Kimball Art Festival partners with the Sundance Institute for ‘Bones Brigade’ event

Within the past couple of years, the Kimball Art Center has reached out to other nonprofit arts organizations to enhance the public’s experience in Park City during the Park City Kimball Arts Festival weekend.

The goal of these partnerships is to make Park City an art-and-activity destination during the summer, said Kimball Art Center executive director Robin Marrouche,

"When the art festival closes for the night, there is still a lot going on," Marrouche said. "This year, the Utah Symphony will present a Disney-music concert at Deer Valley on Friday and the Earth, Wind & Fire concert on Saturday."

Also on Friday, the KAC, the Sundance Institute and Park City Recreation will present a skate jam competition, an art demonstration and a free screening of Stacy Peralta’s "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography," which was one of the hits at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 7 p.m. Skate jam hosted by Park City Recreation begins, Tate Shaw to emcee.
  • 7:30 p.m. Live art demonstration hosted by Park City Kimball Arts Festival begins.
  • 8 p.m. Filmmaker Stacey Peralta awards newly decorated skate deck and other prizes to top skate jam finishers.
  • 8:40 p.m. Stacy Peralta introduces his documentary from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
  • 9 p.m. Film begins, "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography," hosted by Sundance Institute as part of the Sundance Institute Summer Series.

    Peralta said he is honored that the Sundance Institute asked for an encore screening of "Bones Brigade."

    "Sundance is an absolute, utter dream come true," Peralta said during an interview from his home in Cayucos, Calif. "This past year was my fourth trip there, and we had six screenings. Out of those six screenings, we had five standing ovations, the most I’ve ever had for any film I taken to Sundance.

    "So, anytime Sundance comes and tells me they want to have a summer screening of the film in Park City, I jump at the chance," he said. "(Sundance) is one of the most well-run organizations if you’re a filmmaker to be involved with."

    The film is about Peralta’s skateboard company he created after he stopped skating in the late 1970s.

    "One of the dreams was to create one of the greatest skateboard teams in the world," he said. "Instead of stealing pros from other teams, I found a bunch of unknown kids and groomed them to become a team."

    Those kids were Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill and Tommy Guerrero.

    "They are now some of the most important skateboarders, not only of the decade, but of all time," Peralta said. "They invented some of the most revolutionary maneuvers that skaters still use, and went on to become the most successful competitive team in skateboard history."

    The film is about their journey from 13-year-old kids to world-class, professional athletes, he said.

    "It’s a pretty serious look about what it’s like to be a young kid with an emerging talent."

    In addition to introducing his film, Peralta will also be involved with handing out awards to and skateboard artists and the top skate jam participants during the afternoon.

    The danger of skating lured Peralta in when he was a kid in the early 1970s.

    "To me there was something magical about rolling down the street on a board," he said. "When you’re on a bike, you sit and grab handlebars, so there is some sort of security. On a skateboard, you’re not holding onto anything, so there was a tremendous amount of insecurity and it was a rush."

    Peralta also liked the individuality about boarding.

    "I could do it alone and didn’t have to rely on a team or a field or a court," he said. "I could do it anywhere there was concrete."

    The Kimball Art Center, Sundance Institute and Park City Recreation will present Skate Jam and a free screening of Stacy Peralta’s "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography," at City Park on Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit or

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