About 

The Skatepark: Concrete Dreams

The goal ​of​ ​The Skatepark-Concrete Dreams ​is to make a positive difference in peoples’ communities through the medium of action sports and the public spaces that facilitate them. The series shows a skatepark being created from conception to completion in three segments taking place over a decade. Using verite documentary footage, interviews, archival video, and photos of community meetings and fundraisers, we create an engaging storyline that shows how dreams can become reality even if the obstacles are many.

Episode one​:

We are introduced to public skateparks as a topic and to our main character, Paulina Jimenez. After seeing the terrible condition and location of of the local skatepark, she begins the long journey of petitioning the community and organizing to get a new, state-of-the-art skatepark built in her new hometown. Over the next several years, she starts a non-profit and begins spreading the skatepark gospel; all while chasing grants and numerous donations. Her personal story identifies her dreams for her family and community along with her many struggles. With a humorous attitude and determination, and children in tow, she keeps pushing forward until her non-profit finally wins an Illinois State grant to finish the skatepark.

 

Episode two​:

We are introduced to the Coulon’s, co-owners of Evergreen Skateparks; who win the bid to construct the Villa Park skatepark Paulina has worked so hard to be rewarded. Evergreen is a young, Portland, Oregon based company looking to prove themselves in the midwest. They agree to create the park with a modest budget on an intense timeline. Individual perspectives on the new skatepark from various builders, naysayers, and enthusiasts are all brought to light in this segment. Construction of the park proves to have its own set of challenges as the local concrete union pickets the skatepark contruction due to what they see as an illegitimate use of State funds.

Episode three:

With the skate park now completed, this segment explores how it has affected the community and its creators. Five years later we catch up with local residents, users, Evergreen Skateparks, & Paulina. This segment features the skaters who use the park and the people who made it happen.

Credits

Director

Nick Nummerdor

 

Produced by Little Cabin Films

 

Starring

Paulina Jimenez

Billy Coulon

Catherine Coulon

Stevie “Dread” Snyder
 

Executive Producers

Nick Nummerdor

Andrew J. Morgan

Mimi Wilcox

 

Camera & Sound

Nick Nummerdor

Andrew J. Morgan

 

Editor

Mimi Wilcox

 

Additional Talent

Scott Mitchell

Dillon Shea

Manny Demetrius Orr

Karli Craig

Brian Anderson

Joel Anderson

Nicole Anderson

Calvin Krieg

Jasper Kahn

Jeff Syc

JoJo Jones

Matt Larson

Coop Larson

Mark Paulson

Dan Dalziel

Raymond “Doc” Hensley

Motiv8 Skateshop

Oscar Rodriguez

Darby Sutton

 

Graphics

Mimi Wilcox

 

Sound Mix

Mike Koza

 

Color

Andrew J. Morgan

 

Chicago Digital Media Production Fund 2017 Advisors

Ana Wright

Sarah Rubin

Sophie H. Mannaerts

 

"This series was produced with funding from the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, a project of The Vocal Fund administered by Chicago Filmmakers."

Additional Footage

Ryan Ferguson - Rock4APark

 

“Student News Story” (2007)

Erik Kopecky

 

“Short Sided” Youtube series - Benihana: Calvin Krieg (2016)

“Short Sided” Youtube series - Nollie Bigspin Switch Blunt Revert: Calvin Krieg (2017)

Villa Park Skatepark Committee - A July Short Skate Film (2009)

VP: July 2010 - A Short Skate Film

Brett Novak - www.brettnovak.com

 

“Out of Focus” 1990

Alva Skateboards - Youtube.com

 

“Pepsi Refresh Video Intro” (2011) - Youtube.com
 

Archival Photos

Villa Park Skatepark Committee

Evergreen Skateparks

Paulina Jimenez

 

Assistant Editing

John Fecile

Nick Nummerdor

Matt Lauterbach

Fielden Nelson

 

Music

Donny Mahlmeister

 

Story

Nick Nummerdor

Mimi Wilcox

 

Advisors

Arlen Parsa

Ryan Sarnowski

Fielden Nelson

Matt Lauterbach

Karli Nelson

 

Evergreen Skateparks

Billy Coulon

Catherine Coulon

Jasper Kahn

Tavita Scanlan

Peter Gunn

Aaron Rawling

Bill Weiss

Noot, Mudd, Hayla, & Jake

Villa Park Skatepark Committee

Brian Anderson

Joel Anderson

Cody Anderson

Jill Anderson

Jon Anderson

Jackson Andrews

Devin Adam

Zack Arellano

Jobian Aquino

David Bandy

Alex Bardesi

Mike Bardesi

Kim Bardesi

Jeff Blankensop

Marc Bregman

Nate Brown

Jon Carrillo

Matt Cavazos

Mike Coulson

Tony Ciamarra

Crawford Family

Matt Cavazos

John Davis

Kevin Dayton

Paul DelGuidice

Nico DeRobertis

Christian Eastman

Kyle Eastman

Ian Escalier

Paul Escalier

Terry Escalier

Max Flick

Brian Fisher

Chris Hartman

Dan Hernandez

Ryan Hetzel

Alex Huetson

Skyelar Huetson

Jake Holden

Raymond “Doc” Hensley

Brandon Jeffery

Jennifer Johnson

Katie Kane

Ricky Kane

Kosti Kalo

Calvin Krieg

Eric Kopecky

Tomas Kulikauskas

Alex Lamderos

Josh Lavant

Keanu Linday

Tommy Mandoukadis

Matt Marnell

Tyler Meder

Scott Mitchelvideo

Nash Miller

Torrey Mladucky

Amie Newling

Sam Newling

Tucker Newling

Michael O’Brien

Sam O’Reilly

Carrie Osing

Mark Paulson

Rodney Pate

Ryan Persenico

Emilio Perez

Lauren Peterson

Ken Pillar

Cris Poggi

Valentina Poggi

Chris Poole

Eic Potter

Nick Potter

Katie Rinehard

Mellisa Riviera

Oscar Rodriguez

Philip Rouhar

Hayden Ross

Jordan Rieser

Sergio Samoniego

Craig Sarver

Elizabeth Sarver

Brandon Smirz

Conor Sparrow

Joyce Stupegia

Chris Syc

Jeff Syc

Dillon Schea

Joey Szymanski

Gavin Szymanski

TJ Stehle

Julian Stoltz

Gary Tews

Marni Tews

Rich Tews

Moyses Torrence

Javier Torres

Armando Vega

Jakub Walkowicz

Teri Wood

Thanks to everyone we could not list!

Apologies for those of whom we missed!
 

Special Thanks

Karli Nelson

Village of Villa Park

Villa Park Parks and Recreation Department

Mikie Kudelas & Peter Magnussen

Al Bulhuis & Richard Keehner Jr. & Tom Cullerton

Greg Gola & Marlon Hummel

Marfa Capodanno

Uprise Skateshop

Motiv8 Skateshop

Ian Robertson Kibbe

Lynne & Dale Nummerdor

Mike & Rose Nummerdor

Craig Sarver

Josiah & JoJo Jones

Rodney pate

Grant & Darby Sutton

Erik Kopecky & Brett Novak

Character Skateboards - Alan Butella

Kartemquin Films

B. Rich & Anu Rana

Victor Tadashi Suarez

Pardon My Thrashing

Greg Roberts

Rich Salamander

Joe Miller

Theo Katsaounis

Donny Mahlmeister

Peter Carnevalle

Mario Contreras & Dinesh Sabu

Mark Heller & Mike Calabro

Asylum Skatepark

Spencer Montgomery & Pat Kizziah

Peter Whitley - Tony Hawk Foundation

Peter Weise

Fauna Creative/Big Foot Media

David Korta & Columbia College Chicago

Skatepark Statistics

2018 www.tonyhawkfoundation.com

Skatepark supporters

Thanks for your donation of materials and equipment

ELMHURST- CHICAGO STONE COMPANY

RICK'S TRUCKING SERVICE, INC.

MC CANN INDUSTRIES, INC.

KIEFT BROTHERS, INC

BELVIDERE REINFORCING STEEL

AETNA PLYWOOD

MC ALLISTER EQUIPMENT CO.

CTS CEMENT/RAPID SET

LEE'S FOODSERVICE PARTS & REPAIRS

HOME DEPOT

JAMES MARTIN & ASSOCIATES,INC

 

Non-profit Organizations and Foundations grants

Walmart Foundation

Global Giving Foundation

Tony Hawk Foundation

United Business Media Foundation

All State Foundation

Pepsi Refresh Foundation

Villa Park Junior Women's Club

Allstate Foundation

A.Skate Foundation - Crys Whorley

Jewel - Osco- Villa Park

Villa Park Community Foundation

 

Thanks for your skatepark donation and support

Robert Neimann - Village Manager

Odeum Expo Center - Phil Greco and Jon Zaley

Home Depot - Vicki Hass and Juan Salazar

Soil and Material Consultant, Inc.  

7-Eleven store owner - Vyomesh Desai

Molly's Adopt a Sailor

Lakeside Skatepark - Jason Roberts & Terry Burke

Hammond Recycle Center- Edwin Piña

Kathy Team Eden- New York Girls Scout

Jon & Carrie Osing

Marni Tews

Katie Kane

Pam & Nick Jones

Brian Anderson

Rich Biagioli

Elizabeth & Craig Sarver

Sheila and Scott Mitchell

Laurie de Coco

Cris and Larry Poggi

Sharon Nolan

Yeah Boardshop - Steve Davenport

Brett Novak

Len Manson

Ben Saver

Brian Kachinsky

Barb and Beverley Koslow - Koslow Cycle

Inland Bank - Phil Patel

Michael Anthony Pizza

The Brauer House - Steve Brauer

Motiv8 Skateshop

Speed Pro Imaging

Graphic Arts Printing

Helium (large format) - Miguel Mendez

Stoltz Design - Jack Stoltz

Al Stasch

Tony Hawk Foundation - Peter Whitley

Skaters for Public Skateparks - Carter Dennis

Skate Park Association - Heidi Lemmon

Grindline Skateparks Inc. - Micah Shapiro and Matt Fluegge

Evergreen Skateparks, Inc. 
 

Music

Episode 1

“Aluminum Foiled”

Performed by Rough Magic

Donny Mahlmeister

Lost Objects Records - 2017

 

“I am on a train. I am Struggling to stay awake”

Performed by Reading the Easy TV Way

Joe Miller 2018

 

“Bug Jar”

Performed by A Tundra

Donny Mahlmeister 2011

 

“Jam 1”

Performed by Donny and Adam Busch

Donny Mahlmeister

 

“Snakes-Cove”

Performed by Dan Mills

Songs from the Vault  - Wistia.com

 

“Slow Down”

Performed by Sulky Driver

Album: A Space Between 2018

Donny Mahlmeister

 

“The Proscuitt of Hapiness”

Performed by The Shape of

Album: Skateboard Jazz to Come

Donny Mahlmeister - Lost Objects Records - 2017
 

Episode 2

“The Doug McComb Over”

Performed by A Tundra

Donny Mahlmeister 2010

“Oaklawn-Dreams”

Performed by Dan Mills, Mark Goodell, & Adam Podd

Let Em In Sessions - Wistia.com

“Casa De Man Bun”

Performed by The Shape of

Album: Skateboard Jazz to Come

Donny Mahlmeister - Lost Objects Records - 2017

 

“Contemplate”

Performed by Sulky Driver

Album: A Space Between 2018

Donny Mahlmeister

 

“Release”

Performed by Sulky Driver

Album: A Space Between 2018

Donny Mahlmeister

 

“02-07-2018”

Performed by Sulky Driver

Donny Mahlmeister 2018

 

“03 Track 03”

Performed by Longyear City

Donny Mahlmeister 2004

 

“Freeway”

Performed by Ethers

https://etherschi.bandcamp.com

Bo Hansen 2017

 

“Sulky Driver”

Performed by Rough Magic

Donny Mahlmeister

Lost Objects Records - 2017

 

“Le Improv”

Performed by The Shape of

Album: Skateboard Jazz to Come

Donny Mahlmeister - Lost Objects Records - 2017

 

"Faint and Fade"

Performed by Tacoma Narrows

https://tacomanarrows.bandcamp.com

Donny Mahlmeister & Kirk Pratt 2010


 

Episode 3

“The Proscuitt of Hapiness”

Performed by The Shape of

Album: Skateboard Jazz to Come

Donny Mahlmeister - Lost Objects Records - 2017

 

“Interlaken-Crossroad”

Performed by Dan Mills

The Wistia Learning Center Music Giveaway

Sidecar Sessions - Wistia.com

 

“Dry”

Performed by Ethers

https://etherschi.bandcamp.com

Bo Hansen 2017

 

“Old Meller”

Performed by The Shape of

Album: Skateboard Jazz to Come

Donny Mahlmeister - Lost Objects Records - 2017

 

“Morning becomes Hectic”

Performed by The Shape of

Album: Skateboard Jazz to Come

Donny Mahlmeister - Lost Objects Records - 2017

 

“Cayuga-Summer”

Performed by Dan Mills

The Wistia Learning Center Music Giveaway

Sidecar Sessions - Wistia.com

 

“Song of Ice and Fire”

Performed by A Tundra

Donny Mahlmeister 2011

 

“He & We”

Performed by Kiss Me Quick

Album: The Mastodon

Jed Roberts 2005

“Dymatapp Dance Party”

Performed by Kiss Me Quick

Album: The Mastodon

Jed Roberts with Jeff Massingill 2005

 

Music Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.

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www.skateparkmovie.com

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